10 Days Until the Start of Winter in Australia

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Hotham in the Australian state of Victoria, received some nice snowfalls Sunday night to Monday morning. | Picture: Hotham Alpine Resort Facebook Page

While it is only ten days until the start of winter in Australia, ski resorts down under seem to have gotten a head-start on the white stuff, as resorts in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC) woke up to up to 20cm (8 inches) of snowfalls on Monday morning.

Snowfalls in the Victorian side of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. | Picture: Hotham Alpine Resort Facebook Page

Temperatures across the south-east have been below the May average, allowing perfect conditions for snowmaking, and were helped in some areas by some decent snowfalls, with the NSW resorts, like Thredbo and Perisher, receiving more snow than the VIC resorts Mt Buller, Hotham or Falls Creek.

Snowfalls have helped support the recent snow-making efforts at Perisher, NSW. | Picture: Perisher Facebook Page

The forecasts for the coming ten days are very promising, with estimates for snowfalls ranging from 10 (4 inches) to 27 cm (11 inches), depending on the resort. A strong cold front will move in on Thursday, May 25, from the Bight, bringing rain in lower-lying areas and snow above 1,400m (4,593ft). The snowline will drop to 900m (2,953ft) by Friday.

Falls Creek
It’s starting to look like winter at Falls Creek, VIC, Australia. | Picture: Falls Creek Facebook Page

Ski resorts across Australia will open on June 10, 2023, which is a long weekend due to Monday, June 12, being a public holiday. With a forecast like this, with less than three weeks to go until the ski season starts, it’s time to get excited about skiing and boarding. Epic Australia Passes are still on sale for AUD 1,099 until 31 May 2023, so don’t miss out.

Lower-lying Selwyn also received snowfalls — the resort will open again after being burned to the ground in the Christmas 2019/20 bushfires. | Picture: Selwyn Facebook Page

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