Ski resorts Down Under are kicking off the 2012 winter season. OnTheSnow has the latest snow conditions, opening dates, and news from the otherside of the world.
Perisher – opened June 2.
The country's largest ski resort was also the first to kick off the 2012 ski season. Skiing opened June 2, one week ahead of schedule, thanks to cold weather and early snowfalls. All proceeds from the opening weekend are being donated to the local community. With temperatures reaching a chilly -5C, Perisher has up to 30 snowmakers operating in full force, enhancing the natural falls across the resort. Currently the Front Valley is open for skiing.
"We are really excited for a great 2012 winter season and we can't wait to share all of the improvements we've made to the resort with our guests. We're also really happy to be supporting the local community by, once again, donating Saturday and Sunday's ticket proceeds," says Perisher's CEO Peter Brulisauer.
New for 2012: New automated snowmaking at Blue Cow; three additional snow groomers; and a new Demo Store to enable guests to try before they buy.
Charlotte Pass – opens June 22.
New for 2012: An all-day kids' program (3-8yrs); a new Rotondo Carousel Lift has been purchased specifically for the all-day kids' program; weekly kids' flare run; and a Bombardier Oversnow Vehicle to increase capacity during peak periods.
Dinner Plain – opens June 9.
New for 2012: People travelling to Dinner Plain-Mount Hotham will no long need to stop at the resort entry gate to purchase their resort entry. Hotham visitors will be able to pre-purchase resort entry via internet or Smartphone access. The customised technology utilises infrared cameras to photograph guests' vehicle number plates when they enter the resort. Also new this year is a ski valet service.
Falls Creek – opens June 9.
An excess of 35cm of snow arrived May 26, providing an excellent base. New for 2012: Cheaper lift passes for guests staying 3+ days; a new two-day weekend pass.
Mt. Baw Baw – opens June 9.
The resort has been blanketed in 20cm of fresh snow over the last couple of days, positive signs for a great season ahead at Baw Baw.
Mt. Hotham – opens June 9.
Three lifts will open this Saturday – Big D Quad Chairlift, Summit Trainer Poma and Upper Playground Double Chairlift. There's now 25cm of snow on the ground in Mt Hotham, and more on the way.
New for 2012: People travelling to Mount Hotham will no long need to stop at the resort entry gate to purchase their resort entry. Hotham visitors will be able to pre-purchase resort entry via internet or Smartphone access. The customised technology utilises infrared cameras to photograph guests' vehicle number plates when they enter the resort. Also new this year is a ski valet service.
Selwyn Snowfields – opens June 9.
New for 2012: Full- and half-day children's lessons and construction of picnic and toboggan facilities.
Thredbo – opens June 9.
Thredbo has received 10cm of snow this week and conditions are perfect for snowmaking. New for 2012: Buy-early-and-save-more deals; easy-access lift gates across entire mountain; an additional snow groomer; three-hour children's group lessons; new Thredbo Sports Retail store; and the Mother Bagjump is back and ready to ride.
Mt Buller – opens June 9.
New for 2012: New Bonza chairlift, additional snowmaking, new carpet lifts, and a renovated Howqua Chairlift.
The new Bonza chair at Mt Buller. Credit Mt Buller Media