Epic Falls (see what I did there). Chris Hocking captures it superbly at Falls Creek. Pic: Falls Creek Facebook.
I’ve found the only true way to prepare for a pending snow storm is to crack open a beer and fondly recall epic dumps of season’s past.
Here are five of the best:
1. 2014: June 21
Early renditions of the Opal card were considered useless. Pic: Perisher Facebook
There was the usual June tetchiness. Of course there was. Then there was a little scuttlebutt that something was a’brewin’ not that long after the traditionally barren opening weekend. By Saturday June 21 it had arrived.
Four days later News Corp journalists were inventing new words as a once in a century June storm left around 120cm at the top of Perisher.
Snowmageddon, snownado, megablizzard, snowpocalypse – call it what you will but it was something else.
The Snow Gauge explains:
- The key base prices across resorts in a table
- The word on season passes, right now
- Why one resort has a big spring advantage
So, all ski resort prices in Australia are pretty much the same, right? Well, ummm, not quite.
Ok, if you bowl up for a day, on the day, you’re not going to notice too much difference at the five majors.
But I actually discovered some not insignificant price variations on a range of products as you’ll see overleaf.
It should come as little surprise to you that ski resorts will happily take as much of your money as they can get – and the earlier the better.
They’ll do you a good deal on a season pass if you buy in advance (I would argue too far in advance when it comes to Hotham/Falls where the pass more than doubles in price if you didn’t get it by the end of the previous season) and pre/early season accommodation deals abound.
But when it comes to fate’s fickle hand, snow holidays can be crueler than most leisure activities. Book in the first week of July in 2014? You were laughing – weren’t you? Riding top to bottom at Thredbo with a cheese-eating grin, not thinking about the wads of cash you were spending because the conditions were so good. Book for the first week of July in 2015? You’d be kicking stones, the cat and anything else you could wrap your Dalbellos around. Just to rub it in the snow came by the bucket load when you returned.
… or this. I’m thinking this.
Nice to see some natural snow to work with on the opening day of the Australian ski season!
A great sunny day and some nice cruising to be had to get the legs going again.
A big shout out to Mt Buller for offering free riding today – in a sometimes expensive past time this is a nice touch for customers.
Guns blazing at Thredbo
Cruising on Mt Buller’s Bourke St
The Dawsons at Perisher