New South Wales resort, Thredbo, has taken advantage of the premium snow making conditions pumping out over 13,500 cubic metres of snow in one night, a record for the resort. Twenty four of Perisher Blue's 51 lifts are operating and night skiing also has begun. Victoria's Mt. Hotham opens the popular Heavenly valley Wednesday, July 9, showing off its 27 new snowmaking hydrants and 14 towers. Nearby Falls Creek's Ruined Castle and Scotts ski areas also are expected to open, while Melbourne favourite, Mt, Buller, has six lifts operating including their new high-speed Holden Chairlift. It's good timing for Mt. Buller's annual Cattleman's Rail Jam presented by Burton. Australia's best riders will battle it out July 12 for $5,000 cash, sliding and riding the Cattleman's Rail in the village square. Snow forecasts look good across Australian snowfields, with resort management and snow sports enthusiasts looking forward to a snow laden July.