A lack of snow has hampered the planned opening of resorts this weekend in Australia.
Once again, the onset of winter is getting tougher in the Southern Hemisphere. Thredbo Ski Area was scheduled to open this past weekendEarly June, as usual. Most Australian resorts are open on the 3-day King’s Day weekend (the second weekend in June in most parts of the country). However, the ski lifts remained closed. The lack of snow is in question. Hotham Alpine Resort suffered from the same problem. Not far from there, in Perisher, the same interest in raw materials. The ‘Novice’ path was able to open up but not the rest of the area.
And snow cannons can’t help it
Australian meteorologists are very pessimistic about this season. They see a coupling of several parameters that can lead to snowfall that is well below average. As elsewhere in Europe, Australian resorts have invested heavily in snow cannons in recent years. Right now, the conditions aren’t even ideal for operating these snow guns. Except for stations equipped with systems that can dispense with naturally cooled air. At Mount Buller, four “containers” produce snow Since May 1, according to the station. It’s one of the rare stations we’ve been able to open this weekend even if the person in charge of the artificial snow for the station confirms that these installations “require a lot of electricity” and are “worrying”.
After a record-breaking season in 2022, in the wake of the end of pandemic-related restrictions, operators are hoping for a similarly good season. So far, the start has failed.
Illustration – Monday, June 12 © Thredbo
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