There are snow fluirries at most Australian ski areas. Typical base depths are at around 40-80cm across the country's leading resorts. Perisher, Australia's largest resort, plans to celebrate ‘Christmas in July' this weekend July 24th and 25th.
Mt Hotham reports that so far this winter it has produced 155% more snow than this time last year. To illustrate this, the resort suggests you imagine 111 Olympic swimming pools filled with snow. Or if you're more of a footy fan, that's the surface of a football pitch covered in 13.6 metres (about 45 feet) deep in snow. Hotham uses recycled water for snowmaking and snowmelt returns to Swindlers Creek.
It's looking good in New Zealand too where good snow, good snowmaking conditions and a fantastic run of fine weather has seen the seven days from Saturday July 10th to Friday July 17th being the busiest period in Ruapehu Alpine Lifts in New Zealand's 57 year history.
Whakapapa and Turoa recorded 56,000 skier visits during the period, eclipsing the previous best of 51,000 recorded in 2007. Mt Ruapehu marketing manager Mike Smith says it was a fantastic week.
"It's unusual on Ruapehu to have such a long stretch of great weather and for this to coincide with the busy school holidays was quite exceptional," says Mr Smith.
Snow is now falling on the mountain and is forecast to continue for the next couple of days. Whakapapa has a snow base of 63cm and Turoa has just hit the one meter mark. It's a similar picture across the country where resorts have up to a 1.6m base.
It's cold too in South America where most areas have reasonably good conditions. Although no new snow measurements have been taken as we go to press, Portillo in Chile, which has had an unusually poor start to the season, postponing the season by a week and currently with limited cover still, is reporting low temperatures (-3 to 110C) and snow falling with access roads closed, and more of the same forecast for the coming days, so piste conditions look set to improve dramatically.
It's very cold as well in Valle Nevado (-9 to -11) which has two feet of snow on the pistes and almost all of its runs and lifts open in one of the most extensive ski areas in South America.
Over in Argentina Las Lenas has 40-95cm of snow and is reporting great conditions, the country's other big resort, Catedral, some of the continent's deepest snow with 1.5m on upper slopes, and 5cm fresh in the past 12hours leaving great powder conditions.
In Africa, Lesotho's Afriski is still enjoying a good season despite the lak of natural snowfall all winter so far! Instead they've heroically clocked up 366 hours of snowmaking, creating a 600m long slope with snow depth up to 70cm and a 200m long beginners slope, plus a terrain park too. Temperatures as low as -13C have helped maintained the itegrity of the manufactured snow.
In South Africa itself, Tiffindell still appears to be operating with machine made snow too, but it's official status remains uncertain.