The week in the Australian Alps has been cloudy, windy and snowy up high. Snowfalls arrived on Tuesday but sadly turned to rain on Wednesday. This affected the lower slopes and stripped much of the snow. It got very windy on Wednesday and Thursday with lifts not operating, especially in Victoria.
There could be some snow tomorrow before it clears a little into the weekend. Next week looks good for snow, and to much lower levels than we have seen this week. In the meantime, Perisher and Falls always do well in the early season when snow depths are lower, being able to open more terrain.
Mt Baw Baw
Not good news as wet weather over the past week has removed most of the cover at Baw Baw. Looking better for snow next week. Snow depth: 15cm
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More lifts opened last weekend with Shakey Knees, Bull Run (for Standard), South Side, and Grimus (for Summit Slide) turning. 5cm snow into Wednesday but no new snow into Thursday and Bull Run and South Side was closed this morning. Snow depth: 42-84cm
Gotcha, Keogh's and The Orchard need more snow. 8cm of snow into Wednesday. Snow depth: 48cm
All lifts open at Falls except for International Poma. Parts of the Maze opened at the weekend but would be a bit marginal now. Snow depth: 57-63cm
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45 of 48 lifts, 60 groomed runs at Perisher. 20cm snow into Wednesday.
13 of 14 lifts opened this week at Thredbo, 38 of 57 runs.
A dusting on the weekend followed by mainly fine days this week. Not a lot in the forecast for the weekend in the Queenstown-Wanaka region, but maybe snow for Mount Hutt and Canterbury in the next day or so.
Updated (again!) opening dates for all skifields are:
North Canterbury and Nelson
Rainbow opening 16th July 2016
Mt Lyford revised opening date of 9th July 2016
Mt Hutt opened 10th June 2016. Skiing and riding is limited but conditions have improved since temperatures dropped enough for snowmaking to occur.
Porters opening for school holidays, dependent on snowmaking.
Ohau revised opening date tomorrow 8th July 2016
Roundhill opened for the first time this season today 7th July 2016
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Mt Dobson reopening on 9th July 2016
Treble Cone is closed
Cardrona opened 11th June 2016. Skiing on groomed runs.
Coronet Peak opening again this Saturday after a massive snowmaking effort.
The Remarkables opened 18th June 2016.