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Mt Buller opens following Perisher & Selwyn. More resorts open this w/end. PlanetSKI reports on the excellent start to winter.






The latest resort to open is Mr Buller.

It opened on Saturday June 1st for its first day of the season.

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The snow eased off and blue skies beckoned as the day got underway.



And just in case you wonder what it all looked like from above, a passenger in a passing plane took this image of Mt Buller:

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However things didn't quite go according to plan on Mt Buller's opening day.

Free lift passes, snow and sun brought out the crowds.

The access road was chaotic at times and the resort apologised.

"The resort management would like to apologise for the wait for transport and are mobilising more vehicles and staff to get everyone up to the resort ASAP," said Mr Buller in a statement.

"The wait time is around 45 minutes with every effort being made to reduce this and get everyone on the snow."

On Monday snow was falling again:

And here is a video of Mt Buller from earlier in the week as Opening Day approached:

 

 

So, what is skiing and snowboarding like in Australia?

Last winter was a record-breaking one with huge amounts of snow.

PlanetSKI hit the resorts of Perisher, Mount Buller & Thredbo:

It has been a cracking start to the winter in Australia with resorts opening early as we have reported in this rolling story that we have been updating across the week.

Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales was first out of the blocks with its lifts running on Thursday.

It opened a day ahead of its more famous neigbour, Perisher.

Perisher grabbed the headines but hats off to Selwyn for sneaking in as the first resort to open Down Under.

It is one of the most northerly ski resorts in Australia.

And here is what it looked like as the first turns were made:

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Perisher had its first lift running the following day on on Friday, May 31st.

The snow had been groomed and the lifts were ready to roll with blue sky overhead.



There was early season skiing and snowboarding on Front Valley with only the Village Eight Express lift running.

Just one lift open did not seem to disappoint those who turned out.

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There is more snow in the forecast for next week so it looks like a great start to the 2019 season in Australia.

"We're opening early! We have seen three days of extreme blizzard conditions dump more than 60cm of snow and with more in the forecast next week, we are set for the best early opening in years," said a statement from the resort as it made the decision to open ahead of schedule.

Here are some of the first turns of the season in Perisher as the snow fell earlier in the week:



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Storm fall in Perisher earlier in the week was 40cm.

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Mt Buller opens a day later than Perisher and two days after Selwyn on Saturday 1st June.


"We've been smashed with over 30cms of fresh snow so far and we couldn't wait until the Queen's Birthday Weekend to roll the new 6-seater lift," said a statement from Mt Buller.

There will be free skiing and boarding on Bourke Street riding the new Bourke Street Express chairlift from 10am-4pm.

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It has been -4° in Mt Buller, but reportedly has felt more like -12°.

It's forecast to snow throughout the week and there could be up to 60cm once the storm passes.


The coldest May day in nearly 20 years has been recorded.

Forecasters predict the mass of polar air following behind a cold front will last until the end of the week.

A further 40cm of snow is expected in some parts by the weekend.

Thredbo has seen 25cm.

The snowstorm hit Mt Hotham late on Tuesday evening.

It's due to continue snowing for the next two days in Hotham with around 10cm expected.


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Mount Hotham and Falls Creek saw up to 25cm over the weekend.

Perisher has had 20cm and neighbouring Thredbo up to 10cm.

"We have seen significant snowfall overnight and it looks like there is no sign of it slowing down!! WOOHOO! The resort is looking awesome," said Perisher in a statement.

"With less than two weeks until Opening Weekend Mother Nature has delivered the goods!"

"Additionally the temperatures have dropped into the negatives and the snowmakers are out doing what they do best, blasting the snowguns at every opportunity."

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Many ski resorts in Australia are set to open on June 8th.
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And it's currently looking good in Falls Creek too.


"Our village is alive with fresh snowflakes continuing to fall all day. With more in the forecast, excitement levels are at an all-time high for opening weekend on June the 8th!" said the resort.

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Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this story, so do check back as we follow the weather in the approach to the season in Australia and New Zealand.

We have already reported on the snow in New Zealand.

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For a full PlanetSKI feature on where you can  ski in the summer months across the southern and northern hemipshere then check out our article:
You'll likely be surprised by the number of places you can make a few turns.

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