Australia’s leading ski resorts will stay open for an extra week, closing on October 8 instead of the usual October 1/2. Perisher, in the NSW Snowy Mountains, was the first resort to make the announcement, boasting the best snow conditions in five years. Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, all in Victoria, will also offer skiing for an extra week.
Perisher management made the call on the back of more than two metres of snowfall through August and a forecast for more in September. The natural snow depth in the Snowies currently sits at 233 cm.
Mt Buller, 3.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne, also decided to extend its season following “the best recorded September snowfalls since 1992”. At the start of September, the resort received a top up of 50-plus centimetres of snow.
“We have 180 cm of deep and good quality snow cover on our ski runs and more cold and snowy weather in the forecast, so it’s an ideal opportunity to keep the lifts rolling and invite snow lovers to enjoy this very wintry September and ski for another week,” says Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied.
It’s been 17 years since Hotham has stayed open past the October long weekend but, with 420 cm of snowfall (throughout the season), the decision was a no-brainer.
Meanwhile, Falls Creek management says with 100 percent of terrain currently open and a snow depth of around 1.5 m, the resort has “the best combination of spring-like weather with winter-like snow”.