The snow is practically gone and summer is here, well it’s supposed to be here, in the northern hemisphere which means it’s time for the southerners to enjoy the white stuff. Today the ski season kicked off down under and what a fine day it was. Normally the summit of Mount Hotham doesn’t open on the opening weekend, ironic isn’t it? But today it was very much open, in fact it was the best opening Mount Hotham has had in 12 years, with 4 chairlifts operating and 2500 people up the mountain before noon. Meanwhile on the other mountains things weren’t quite as happening as Mount Hotham but still pretty good. Falls Creek had 3 chairlifts open, Mount Baw Baw was open for tobogganing whilst Mount Buller was only operating one chairlift for sightseeing due to lack of natural snow.
Although it’s been a promising start to the ski season down there, expert weather forecasters are predicting it’ll be an average season with fewer natural snowfalls in lower level resorts, yawn! However, there will still be a fair amount of snow at higher resorts. For those of you planning to be in New Zealand, it’ll be no different to the Australian season. Let’s hope they’re wrong and that the snow keeps dumping!