The Southern Hemisphere's ski season has got off to a mixed start: while the majority of Australian resorts are now open, New Zealand and South America have been forced to postpone due to lack of snow.

Australia has seen up to 24cm of snow over the last couple of weeks. Open resorts include: Falls Creek (14cm), Mt. Buller (23cm), Mt. Baw Baw (18cm), Mt Hotham (17cm), Perisher (20cm), Selwyn Snowfields (10cm), and Thredbo (13cm). Charlotte Pass opens next Friday, June 24.

New Zealand's Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt, Snowpark, and The Remarkables have all postponed their openings with no replacement dates given yet. Treble Cone, Porters, Cardrona, Snowfarm, Turoa, and Ohau are scheduled to open next week.

Cerro Catedral and Las Lenas in Argentina have postponed opening until June 25, similarly Portillo and Valle Nevado in Chile aren't opening until June 24. It's not all bad news for Chile though, as heavy snow is forecast for this weekend.

Kristina Schreck, North American representative for Valle Nevado, told OnTheSnow.com: "The temperature has really dropped around the Central Valley and we're expecting huge storms to roll through the Andes this weekend, with forecasters predicting around 80-90cm of fresh snow that will continue to fall until Tuesday, which is great news for our opening season on Friday, June 24."