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Australia & New Zealand have got off to a cracking start. The best in recent years, which is good news as PlanetSKI is heading there next month. UPDATED




It has snowed, snowed a lot this season so far Down Under.

But now the weather has shifted and all is clear for riders to enjoy the mountains and ski under the sun.

Read on down for news of the earlier snow dumping as we post here a little from the resorts across Australia and New Zealand.

NZ South Island's popular resorts have had days of shine after what seemed like weeks of snowfall.

A dusting on 15th July interrupted the bright bluebird days either side:

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South Island's Mt Hutt from aboveSouth Island's Mt Hutt from above













News is the same from the Wanaka resort, Treble Cone:

A beautiful blue bird day ahead with fantastic snow conditions across the entire mountain.

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Further north near Canterbury, Mt Dobson is boasting the most tempting, enviable groom.

Look away if you're missing the winter...

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North Island's Mt Ruapehu ski resorts have been seeing a cloud and sun combo this past week.

Night skiing up there is good fun, and it's been a strong week for it:

Night skiing at Mt Ruuapehu resort WhakapapaNight skiing at Mt Ruuapehu resort Whakapapa


















Over in Australia, popular ski resort Perisher is waiting for the forecast snow:

PerisherIn Perisher the clouds are rolling in...












Thredbo has had a dry week, until now...

Last with a 2cm top up on 13th July, of course a day ahead Wednesday morning 18th July records 7cm at summit.

So the pisties are off up there to prep for the ski day ahead.

Thredbo early doors on Wednesday 18th JulyThredbo early doors on Wednesday 18th July





















New Zealand got the ball rolling back at the beginning of June with resorts opening early after some decent falls.

It took a bit longer for things to get going in Australia but then it certainly made up for it.

We reported on it at the time.

And now?

Last week Perisher in Australia, which will likely be our first port of call in Oz, received 71cm in just 3 days.

And it has kept it up, however there has also been some heavy rain at lower altitudes and high winds.

Now though conditions are near perfect.

"The snow is really good at the moment with everywhere is covered and not too many rocks around at all. Pretty much every chair is open," said Britsh ski instructor Alex Cove who is working in the resort for the season.

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Perisher, AustraliaPerisher, Australia











Here are people out enjoying the latest snow.
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Perisher, AustraliaPerisher, Australia














Perisher, AustraliaPerisher, Australia














Further south in New Zealand the resorts in the South Island have seen significant early season quantities of snow.

Some are describing it as "unprecedented".

"15cm of fresh snow cool overnight temperatures will make for an epic powder day," said The Remarkables earlier in the week.

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It has not come without downsides though with significant avalanche risk at times.

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See below for a full-length PlanetSKI feature article on the ski areas of Australia and New Zealand compiled by our senior reporter, Katie Bamber:

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The season in Australia and New Zealand also sees a number of World Cup events.

The first FIS events are scheduled to take place in Perisher which is hosting FIS Freestyle and Snowboard slopestyle events in late July.

Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Falls Creek and Treble Cone will also be home to FIS Alpine races later in the year.

In addition, Australia/New Zealand Cups will also be held in different resorts and also Cross Country skiers will be in action in Perisher, Falls Creek and Snow Farm.

Meanwhile if you want to find out about skiing elsewhere in the southern hemisphere check our our full-length feature on the resorts in South America from our senior reporter, Katie Bamber.

She worked a season in Argentina a few years back, training to become a ski instructor and then working as one in Cerro Catedral near Bariloche.

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See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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