Perisher resort, Australia
Perisher opened its Mt Perisher ski slopes last week reporting conditions for this early in the season, "the best in a decade."
The resort had received 58cm (almost two feet) of fresh snow since Sunday 7 June and thanks also to Perisher's $19 million snowmaking expansion, Saturday 13 June saw Towers Run on Mt Perisher open for skiing and boarding.
Ten lifts are currently operating across Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes and the PlayStation Slopestyle course on Front Valley now contains a 20-foot table top in addition to other impressive features.
"There is a nice light, dry cover of snow on the slopes and with more snow expected over the coming days, lowering to 1500m." said a resort spokesperson (Perisher village sits at 1720m).
At a second Australian resort, Mt Buller, the Skyline terrain park and half pipe open for the first time this season at the weekend.
"With half a metre of natural snow depth and 58cm in our extensive man made areas, conditions are excellent for hitting the slopes today." said a spokesperson for the resort.
"This kind of weather; sunny skies, light wind, a balmy 3 degrees, calls for a long lunch on a deckchair at one of our mountain restaurants before heading back out to the slopes."
At Mt Hotham six lifts are open and snowmaking continues,
"What a great first week of the season we have had with over 38cm of natural snowfall at Hotham blanketing the resort in white flakes. Cold temperatures have provided perfect conditions for snowmaking with our snowguns firing up most days including an epic 66 hour straight run."
Along with some natural snowfall last week, the ability to open the Village Loop can be greatly attributed to Hotham's Snowmaking team who have pumped out 43,943 cubic metres (4394 truckloads) of snow over the last four days.