News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Ski Season Opening At Perisher (04-Jun-09)

Perisher, Australia, June 4, 2009 - There is one thing that is never included

There is one thing that is never included on Queen's Birthday Weekend. It never includes the actual birthday of Elizabeth Regina II. The real reason for a public holiday in June is to celebrate the opening of THE SKI SEASON. The 2009 season promises to be fabulous. Lake Eyre has water and the Snow Mountain Legends and high country heroes tell us that bodes well for decent snowfalls this year. Despite the economic gloom of the GFC, the Australian alpine resorts have continued to improve their snow "product", accommodation and other treats that make a snow holiday unique. For Aussies who've never been to the snow, early winter is the time for a good value holiday with a different slant.

The five large resorts, Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in Victoria, and Perisher and Thredbo in NSW have made multi million dollar improvements in their snowmaking and snow grooming infrastructure. These developments have taken away much of the angst of winter visitors in trying to second guess when Mother Nature will deliver snow. For the intermediate and beginner skier or snowboarder in particular, the extensive network of trails and slopes that have dedicated snowmaking means that the "snow guarantee" can usually be met throughout the season.

There have also been major developments in the accommodation and services infrastructure. Redevelopment of old sites and renovations of existing buildings has created wide choice in accommodation for short stays or long term investment in alpine tourism.

The smaller resorts, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn Snowfields and Mt Baw Baw have expanded their free riding terrain, tubing and novelty options. They provide great introductory value for families and first timers. Selwyn is the opening a new chairlift, a triple, replacing the old Township duplex t-bar.

Opening weekend is traditionally about the party more than the snow, and there is no doubt that the hills will be alive with the sound of music, including the Snow Mountains 3 day festival.  

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