HEAVY SNOW DOWN UNDER AS SEASON ENDS
28th September 2016
As the season draws to an end more snow is now falling in Australia. Resorts in New Zealand also close this weekend. NEW
Falls Creek, Perisher and Thredbo are the only resorts still open in Australia.
There is good snow at altitude.
On Thursday the latest storm also brought strong winds and rain at lower altitudes.
“The forecast is for a mix of heavy snow and rain with snow levels starting around 1800m and potentially falling to 1200m during colder evening periods. Winds will ease however strong gusts are likely,” said a snow report from The Ski Club of Great Britain.
The snow has now started to come down.
Perhaps not DUMPING as the resort of Fall Creek claims – but snowing nonetheless.
And the weather certainly looks wild.
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Here is what it looks like across the resorts in Australia.
Meanwhile in New Zealand winter is ending too with some good conditions.
“Around Christchurch, Mount Hutt (86/46cm) had the best conditions. Lake Wanaka resorts were the pick of the bunch, both Cardrona (80/45cm) and Treble Cone (141/69cm) enjoyed sunny spring days and good snow cover meant some excellent skiing was on offer. Around Queenstown, Coronet Peak (80/20cm) suffered down low, but good skiing could be found up top. The Remarkables (100/50cm) had some good spring conditions with fast skiing possible in the morning,” said The Ski Club of Great Britain.
The Remarkables was due to shut last weekend but it has extended its season to this weekend – it closes on Sunday October 2nd.
It has 80cm of snow at its base and 1.2m at the top.
“Traditionally we close The Remarkables a week ahead of Coronet Peak, but in view of current snow cover and forecast weather conditions we’ve made the decision to keep The Remarkables open for another week as the snow cover is exceptional up there,” said NZSki CEO, Paul Anderson, as he announced the extended season.
And here is what it currently looks like.
And for the final weekend at The Remarkables the groomers are working through the night.
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