Perisher in New South Wales, Australia's largest resort, has also reported the biggest snowfall of 64 centimetres (Two feet, two inches) of fresh snow in 48 hours from Sunday though Monday. Prior to the new snowfall, Perisher had achieved a new Australian record in snowmaking, producing over 800,000 cubic metres of snow with depths of up to three meters (10 feet) in some areas.
With further falls of up to 20 centimetres forecast later this week by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the resort's greater natural snow reliability, Perisher can now provide skiers and snowboarders access to almost 1245 hectares of snow covered terrain.
"The four resort areas of Perisher, Blue Cow, Guthega and Smiggin Holes will be interconnected this weekend," said Gary Grant, General Manager.
Perisher is planning additional investment in snowmaking to increase coverage to 110 hectares. The resort plans to have all trails linking its four ski areas covered throughout the winter season.
Other Australian resorts have reported healthy snowfall too, if not on quite the same scale. Mt Buller reports 24cms (nine inches) of snow and Mt Hotham has had 51cm (21 inches) of fresh snow over the past week. Natural snowdepth now averages 66cm, with 98+cms in snowmaking areas. Seven lifts are in operation at Hotham with more lifts currently being assessed for opening in time for the weekend.