With just slightly over five weeks left until the Australian ski season kicks off, we hope you have all your proverbial ducks in a row. The snow has started falling, with some resorts seeing up to six inches or 15 cm of snow in the last 24 hours, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting up to eight inches or 20 cm of snow over the next few days. Things are definitely starting to get real, and if the cold snap persists, who knows, maybe an early season start will be on the cards.
The Australian ski season typically kicks off on Queen’s Birthday long weekend, so currently, Perisher, Thredbo, Selwyn, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, and Falls Creek are set to open on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Could there be an early season opening on the cards? Well, your guess is as good as mine, but many Australian resorts have a history of opening early if conditions allow doing so, having opened a week early in 2015, 2017, 2021, and 2022. So let’s hope conditions stay favorable in the Snowy Mountains, and 2023 could be yet another early season start, given the last couple of days have provided a first base to build upon.
If you are planning on skiing in Perisher, Falls Creek, or Hotham this season, Epic Australia season passes are still on sale for AUD 1,099 until May 31, 2023, when prices increase. If Thredbo is your favored resort in NSW, Thredbo season passes have sold out. However, you can still buy Ikon passes which entitle you to seven days in Thredbo, as well as seven days in Buller, if you want to explore VIC. Buller season passes are still on sale at this point.
The resorts are getting ready for the season, Perisher just gave the Skitube a make-over, and season opening will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the season has started and you have missed your window to buy your season pass.