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                As Ski Australia - Victoria

                There are around 20 Australian ski resorts, a little under half of these are commercial ski centres, the remainder are club fields run by enthusiasts and generally volunteers.

                Most of Australia's ski areas are located in New South Wales and Victoria, home to the country's highest peaks, as well as most of its population. There are two small ski centres on the southern island of Tasmania too however.

                There has been heavy investment in resort development in recent years at the largest resorts, particularly Perisher, which measures itself as the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere (in terms of groomed terrain and number of lifts) but also at resorts including Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buller.

                So when you ski Australia you’ll find all the latest equipment on the slopes. Although uniquely Australian, the ski resorts typically follow the North American model of self-contained complexes with modern lift systems, all amenities on site and the opportunity for condominium ownership, most of them owned by a single company.

                Snow cover can be an issue at Australian ski areas but, as in other countries where cold weather is not guaranteed through the winter, lots of coping strategies have been developed to ensure there is some snow even in the ‘bad times’ including snow farming, cloud seeding and traditional snow making. One resort has won awards for recycling ‘waste water’ in to snow after purification. And in fact Australian resorts typically have relatively good snowfall records from May to September.

                Australian ski centres have hit media headlines in the country in recent years for a reason the centres are not so keen to promote – lift ticket prices have topped the world tables, sometimes overtaking the usual highest resorts in North America, as the most expensive anywhere. This is partly due to the high operating costs for resorts in Australia but more caused by the inexorable rise in value of the Australian dollar against other currencies (at least at the time of writing!)

                Although Australia is one of the world’s newest major nations, skiing in Australia is as old as the sport itself anywhere in the world, thanks to immigrants bringing skiing to Australia with them in the nineteenth century.

                Indeed Australia recently celebrated 150 years iof skiing – longer than most other countries – thanks to The Kiandra Snowshoe Club in Australia which lays joint claim to the title "world's oldest ski club" with a Norwegian contender.

                The title may be a little academic, as the Kiandra Snowshoe Club's founder members were probably Norwegian immigrants anyway, as it is they who are credited with bringing skiing to Australia in 1861 during the gold rush. Since then Australians, along with New Zealanders, have re-exported their skiing talents world-wide, it's a rare ski school in the world's top resorts hat doesn't employ at least one antipodean ski teacher.

                In more recent times the world's first indoor snowdome (arguably), Mount TheBarton, opened in Australia in 1987 although it closed after 20 years and subsequent attempts to bring indoor snow back to Australia are yet to prove successful. However several of the world's pioneering 'indoor snow' manufacturing businesses are also Australian.

                Most resorts offer a good mix of accommodation from basic to high calibre. There's skiing here when 98% of the world's resorts are shut down through "lack of snow" in the northern hemisphere’s summer months but it can be a long trek to most of the resorts with few ski centres near major population centres. However increasingly good flight links from Melbourne and Sydney have shortened the trip.
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                Australia - Victoria: latest snow conditions round-up


                AUSTRALIA REPORT After the snowfall last week, the skies cleared in Australia. But, crucially, temperatures stayed low, going subzero overnight. So snowmaking systems have been fired up ahead of the season start date in just over a fortnight now. Mt Buller has reported the deepest base of natural and machine-made snow so far at 45cm (18") last week, so it remains to be seen if it actually opts to open early.

                Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia - Victoria.

                Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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                Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia - Victoria

                All resorts

                Ski resorts of Australia - Victoria, alphabetically

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                Resort Webcam Top
                snow depth
                top and bottom
                Good piste
                on-piste
                Powder
                off-piste
                Fresh snow depth
                Last Snow
                Fresh snow depth
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                snow (cm)
                Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
                Freezing level (m)
                Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

                (1506m — 1521m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                1 cm
                9 days ago
                snow showers snow showers cloud clear clear
                Mid station 1514 m
                1450m 1500m 1000m 1000m 2400m

                (1600m — 1780m)

                snow report today

                Falls Creek webcam
                opens in 10 days 3 cm
                today
                snow showers cloud part cloud clear clear
                Mid station 1690 m
                1450m 1500m 1100m 1300m 2500m

                (1430m — 1520m)

                snow report today

                Lake Mountain webcam
                1 cm
                today
                3
                2
                snow showers light snow clear clear clear
                Mid station 1475 m
                1450m 1600m 1250m 2400m 2750m

                (1450m — 1560m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                4 cm
                9 days ago
                4
                3
                snow showers light snow part cloud clear clear
                Mid station 1505 m
                1450m 1500m 1200m 2200m 2700m

                (1512m — 1676m)

                snow report today

                1 cm
                today
                1
                1
                snow showers snow showers clear clear clear
                Mid station 1594 m
                1500m 1450m 1350m 2300m 2650m

                (1390m — 1790m)

                snow report today

                Mount Buller webcam
                opens in 10 days 1 cm
                today
                2
                2
                snow showers light snow clear clear clear
                Mid station 1590 m
                1450m 1500m 1250m 2400m 2700m

                (1219m — 1250m)

                snow report 11 days ago

                11 cm
                11 days ago
                2
                1
                snow showers light rain clear clear clear
                Mid station 1234 m
                1450m 1550m 1250m 2500m 2800m

                (1454m — 1850m)

                snow report today

                Mount Hotham webcam
                opens in 10 days 2 cm
                today
                snow showers snow showers part cloud clear clear
                Mid station 1652 m
                1450m 1500m 1050m 1300m 2550m

                (427m — 457m)

                rain showers light rain part cloud clear clear
                Mid station 442 m
                1450m 1500m 1200m 2200m 2700m

                (1719m — 1749m)

                snow report today

                1 cm
                today
                1
                1
                snow showers light snow clear clear clear
                Mid station 1734 m
                1450m 1500m 1300m 2400m 2700m