Australia’s leading ski areas are currently being dumped on and are reporting the best August snowfalls for more than two decades. Much of the snow has been falling in the past week.
"Yesterday we smashed the record books with some of the best snow the mountain has seen in years! The resort received 34cms of snow, rendering it as the best August snowfall recorded since 1985!", said an excited spokesperson for Mt Buller (picture attached).
It’s a similar story at the country’s largest resort, Perisher, which thinks this August could still end up their snowiest ever as the snow is still falling. There has been no other August since 1984 where more snow has fallen. Perisher has had more than 30cm of fresh snow settle across the resort since yesterday, that makes it 2.6m of accumulated snowfalls since 1st August with wind-drifts over 1.5m deep in places.
For Mt Hotham it’s 102cm in the past week with 47cm of fresh snow overnight on Wednesday - the biggest single dump on record since 2003. 82cm has fallen in the past 48 hours making it the resort’s snowiest August since 1992. All 13 lifts are operating with plenty of powder stashes to be found.
Perisher Afternoon Snow Report 31st August 2010