8th June 2022
A handful of resorts in Australia opened early last weekend after record breaking falls of snow with the remainder set to open this Saturday. In New Zealand some snow is finally falling as its resorts prepare for the start of the ski season. NEW
This weekend will see the resorts of Thredbo and Charlotte’s Pass in New South Wales get their seasons underway.
Last weekend Perisher, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller opened for the season.
It followed a record-breaking start to the winter with a series of snowstorms delivering over 1m in places.
It is the best start to winter in recent years in the ski areas, with some saying it is the best in 50 years.
We reported on it all last weekend on PlanetSKI:
See the You Tube video below from Sky News Australia on Perisher’s opening day last weekend, Saturday June 4th.
Meanwhile further south in New Zealand the snow gods are about to deliver, but the snow hasn’t fallen yet in great quantities.
Mt Hutt ski field has confirmed it will likely not go ahead with its planned opening this Friday.
“Mt Hutt’s opening day is very much a moving target at the moment,” said the resort.
“Our 2022 crew are all on board and raring to go, as soon as the snow arrives.
“We’ve done all the snow dancing we can and now we’ve got our fingers crossed. But, at this stage we don’t anticipate we will open on June 10, as originally scheduled.”
Cardrona ski area, near Wānaka, is hoping to open but the resort has not confirmed it yet.
Treble Cone is also hoping to open on Friday June 10th.
Happy Valley at Whakapapa on the north island is now open.
Snow is forecast and it should see a number of other ski areas able to get underway shortly.
Here is what’s coming:
Our weather will be decidedly more active later this week and upcoming weekend. pic.twitter.com/JBHyibtSjW
— NIWA Weather (@NiwaWeather) June 7, 2022
Here at PlanetSKI we will be watching it all and will be reporting back over the coming days…