SNOW POUNDING OZ & NZ
10th August 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on January 10th, 2020
It just keeps on coming down. But there’ve been avalanches and incidents in both Australia and New Zealand. Check out the latest.
Winter is settling in nicely in both Australia and New Zealand.
Check out the latest videos and photographs from some of the ski areas down-under.
Tuesday morning at Mt Hotham in New South Wales.
The storm in NSW continues delivering some 32cm of snow at Perisher since the weekend.
On Tuesday the conditions look pretty good.
Tuesday at Mt Buller
New Zealand has received some snow.
The snow fnally arrived at Coronet Peak in Queenstown that delivered an unexpected 23cm.
“An unexpected 23cm’s has fallen over Coronet Peak today, finished off by a gorgeous bluebird afternoon,” was the comment left on Facebook.
Up to now Treble Cone has a snow base of 105cm with some 4cm received a couple of days ago.
Looking ahead, Treble Cone is expecting some heavy snowfall down to 1000m.
Mt Ruapehu posted the video below, showing off sunshine and beautiful snow conditions.
MONDAY 19TH AUGUST
Australian resorts reported another 20cm fell overnight and it was still coming down as the ski day started.
“What a start to the week â„ï¸ðŸ¤˜ðŸ‘Š 20cm of fresh snow and another 5cm today ðŸ˜ More freshies in the forecast for the week…Yeah Baby ðŸ™”
The photos below come from the webcams in Perisher.
“20cm overnight & it’s still snowing!!!”
On the North Island of New Zealand there has been more sunshine and light winds after the two weeks of storms that have been hitting the main ski areas of Whakapapa and TÅ«roa at Mt Ruapehu.>
But there’s some a fair bit of work to do to free a couple of the ski lifts from compacted snow and ice.
The groomer in the picture below is 2.5 metres high.
One New Zealand’s South Island there has been more snow over the weekend as it continues to make up for a poor early season.
Mt Hutt reported snow conditions “absolutely primo” today after 30cm fell on Saturday.
And if you need proof, watch this video shot on Sunday by Jeremy Black:
“Super sweet snow conditions with epic on and off piste skiing and riding,” the resort says.
“The snow making and grooming team have once again combined to lay down some great cord with a dusting on top, perfecto!”
The video shot by Rory Edwards is of Jon from Instructor Training Cardrona, NZ – ITC.
And The Remarkables
It’s looking… well…. remarkably good.
SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST
The heavy snowfall has resulted in a series of avalanches.
The latest avalanche was in Mt Ruapehu on the North Island in New Zealand and was triggered by the avalanche control.
The area has the ski fields of Whakapapa and TÅ«roa.
It was set off by explosive charges and illustrates the dangers after the recent heavy snow.
It came down above the ski area of TÅ«roa & through Big Bowl and Why Not, ending past the lower elevation of the ski resort.
Reports say some went on the pistes that had been cleared.
“Both Big Bowl and Why Not are incredibly fun parts of our ski area to ride and avalanche control work such as this helps make sure all our guests and staff remain safe, with smiles on their faces from a good days skiing,” said the resort.
One of the reasons the avalanche was so big is because a persistent weak layer was buried far down in the snow pack over two weeks ago due to the ongoing storms.
“When first releasing the avalanche slab was in dry snow and was moving incredibly fast, as it travelled lower it began picking up wetter snow and became the slightly slower, heavier mass you see in this video,” added the resort.
On the South Island more snow is set to fall after a dry season so far.
Coronet Peak has only received between 20-25cms of natural snow.
The Remarkables and Mt Hutt skifields have been heavily reliant of the snow cannons.
As has Cardrona.
THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST
A man was hit by a slide of snow when he was hiking with his wife in the resort of Thredbo in New South Wales.
They were hiking up an off piste area in snow shoes and planning to snowboard down.