After a season of very mixed reports across the Southern Hemipshere, find out which resorts are still going strong in Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Australia was in a league of its own this winter: it got off to a flying start with perfect powder conditions from day one and continued to see regular snowfalls, making this season one of the best in its history. It was only in September that things slowed down as warm spring conditions moved in which impacted the cover and reduced terrain. Australian resorts have started to close this week, but there is still good cover on the runs of Thredbo and Perisher.
New Zealand suffered from a frustratingly slow start with delayed openings after an unseasonably warm May, but came back fighting in August with some of the biggest snow dumps in three years. Turoa received the most, boasting a three-metre base by the end of August. NZ has the best conditions in the Southern Hemishere at present with regular snowfall; its particularly good in Turoa, Whakapapa, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Mount Hutt.
South America also got off to a slow start: resorts in Chile and Argentina were forced to postpone openings until July. There were some decent snowfalls in July and August, although no bumper dumps. Lack of snow wasn't always the problem in Argentina: Catedral suffered from a volcanic ash cloud which caused air traffic chaos and coated the slopes in ash. At present the Chilean resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado have the best conditions in South America.
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