Eastern Australia’s ski season has begun. The weather was good for winter sports enthusiasts, because over the last week more than one hundred centimeters of fresh snow fell in some places.
After two years of lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the coveted ski season has begun. 20 centimeters of snow fell in New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, on Monday night. This is the fifth day in a row that has brought winter rainfall. In the Perisher Ski Area, 130 cm of snow has been thrown in the past week. Thanks to the cool fronts that swept through the south-east of the country, the snow cover remained without any problems.
In the same week, Mount Hotham, in Victoria, fell 119 cm of snow and thirteen cm of snow on Tuesday.
“ Snow cover is rising again midweek, but still remains between 1,200 and 1,300 meters above sea level, which means more rainfall at the ski resorts and good news for people looking to go sledging and see the snow, ” said Jonathan How , a meteorologist at the Australian National Meteorological Agency Bureau of Meteorology.
Winter weather, according to forecasts, will not go away in the next seven days. In some places, up to half a meter of fresh cover can fall off. This is the beginning of the ski season that everyone has been waiting for.
The ski season in Tasmania may start a month earlier
Ski resort Ben Lomond, located in Tasmania, plans to start operating a month earlier than usual because snow has cleared. Its director, Ben Mock, is surprised by the weather conditions.
“The amount of snow came very quickly and we were a bit unprepared, but we are organizing the staff,” said Ben Mock. “We’ll make an official statement as soon as we can open it,” he added. Mock hopes his team will be able to prepare the ground almost a month ahead of schedule.
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