While Niseko is turning into a summer getaway with the Japanese enjoying the clear skies and warm days, let’s turn our attention to the Southern Hemisphere. It was a chilly weekend for those on the slopes in New South Wales and Victoria here in Australia with strong winds on both days. As we welcome the first few weeks of winter some resorts are already accumulating up to 70cm of natural snow. Victorian ski resort Hotham and Falls Creek have accumulated 71cm and 55 cm respectively, exciting locals and guests. Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass in New South Wales are also experiencing a great start to the season recording a snow depth of over 46cm. With more than 160 snowmaking machines scattered all over Thredbo and Perisher, conditions should only get better, which is great news as some of our very own Niseko guests who are praying for excellent snowfall as they take on the slopes down south . Thredbo was happy to announce on Saturday that they were the first Australian resort to open all lifts for the 2012 season. With strong winds bringing good snowfall over the weekend it was a great start to the New South Wales School Holidays.
With a quick look over to New Zealand to see what’s happening, 90% of all resorts are open. You’ll find most resorts had little snowfall over the weekend with the biggest dump at Ruapehu of just 10 cm. Currently, the deepest snow depth is at Canterbury’s Temple Basin with a massive 116cm closely followed by Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury with 112cm.
For those travelling to Australian or New Zealand ski resorts have a great time and let us know how it goes! We look forward to seeing lots of awesome pictures with a few stacks
~ Sayonara for now
Shaun and the Ramat Niseko Team