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Get the latest snow and weather conditions in all major ski areas updated on Monday and Thursday afternoons by the Ski Club's information department.
In Australasia the pick of the conditions are certainly in New Zealand, where the excellent season continued under sunny skies on Thursday. Following more mild and damp weather, things are looking up in Australia, with new snow in the forecast for the coming days.
Head high and stick to the groomed slopes for the best conditions at our featured South American resorts. Las Lenas in Argentina and Portillo in Chile are perhaps the standout resorts at present, with some decent off piste still to be found if you are prepared to hike and earn your turns.
The thick clouds of earlier this week have cleared through the Alps, leaving behind gloriously sunny skies and what could be one final burst of summery heat. Head to the Swiss Alps for the best skiing, especially after this weekend when Les Deux Alpes closes as scheduled on Sunday.
Perisher (145cm) and Thredbo (145cm) maintain the best base depths in the whole country, topped up by falls of up to 30cm on Tuesday. This led to some great powder conditions on the upper mountain before the milder weather moved in on Wednesday. As a result sticking to the upper slopes was the best plan on Thursday, but this looks set to change with the forecast new snowfall.
A few resorts were ahead of the game by the close of play on Thursday having already picked up a few centimetres of fresh snow. Mt Baw Baw (32/37CM) saw around 5cm, Mt Buller (55/80cm) 3cm and Mt Hotham (80/99cm) 1cm by late afternoon which bodes well for Friday’s skiing.
All of featured resorts picked up fresh snow on Monday/Tuesday, with the most falling at Mt Hutt (125/155cm) where 15cm of powder fell. Up on North Island both Turoa (176cm) and Whakapapa (233cm) picked up around 10cm of dry fresh snow, resulting in one of the best powder days of the season so far.
Cardrona (65/240cm) and Coronet Peak (75/165cm) have both been hosting the NZ Winter Games this week, attracting top class skiers such as Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin and James Woods. Sadly the poor weather forecast for the weekend ahead may interrupt the schedule of events so keep an eye on the latest updates on the event’s website page.
It was an overcast day in Chile on Thursday, with a light dusting of snow reported up at Portillo (147/193cm). All lifts were running here, with great conditions across the mountain. At the nearby Tres Valles area, resorts such as Valle Nevado (140/200cm) were fully open but sticking to the groomed slopes was the order of the day following a relatively lean period without fresh snowfall. Further south in Patagonia the resort of Nevados de Chillan (140/220cm saw much thicker clouds that were bringing snow to the upper slopes but rain lower down. Sadly for here the forecast does not look good over the coming days, with very heavy rain expected at all levels on Saturday and Sunday.