Perisher conditions for a combination of snow, access and facilities now mean it is doing better than anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s virtually all open. Just Olympic T (which we don’t mind still closed anyway – see why here), North Perisher T, and a Blue Cow ski school tow remain to bring it up to the full 47 lifts. Which given the crazy COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty, plus a pretty lean natural snow season, deserves a big shout out to the whole team up there to deliver such a great, and “normal” product this winter.
Remember that if you are going up. It’s tough for the staff operating, and living, with COVID restrictions. The whole normal snow season party vibe is not there (no more crazy rave party attempts to put it there either please ..). Staff themselves are in the frontline dealing with us, Joe & Joelene Public, who are showing up from cities like Sydney where COVID cases are still being identified regularly. So be courteous, be co-operative, be aware of the markings everywhere – like at counters for staying back. A minor detail to the individual, but consider what it’s like for staff dealing with that numerous times a day when people keep ignoring the lines and leaning up close. It’s not that hard to keep your social distance.
Even better, anyone with an Epic Australia Pass (or other valid Epic Pass) can hit Perisher unrestricted. For the $889 rate that stayed available till 12 July, you can fill your snow boots and plenty are – the car parks were full on the weekend.
STOP PRESS: they released more tickets for rest of August today too – check details online
With the Victorian ski resorts all shut because of COVID, NZ all open and unrestricted but having a pretty low snow season, South America having a huge snow season but still no lifts open in Chile (you can visit mountains now at least finally), and just a handful of resorts in Argentina open for local residents, Perisher is actually the stand out right across the Southern Hemisphere.
Perisher conditions are good on nearly all fronts: the parks are on point, the groomers are getting plenty of fresh snowmaking top ups, the overall cover is good. Solid base is no exaggeration, the wet snow events have packed down and stayed, so anything on top is sweet.
Sure, not many fresh lines today, but last Wednesday and Thursday delivered some super dry pow sessions, and more are in prospect next week with Weather Zone forecasting more snow down pretty low, 1200 to 1500m.
So what are you waiting for? This last month of winter 2020 is ticking down fast..
If you didn’t grab an Epic Pass, and missed out on other pass sales, try the short back and side country options instead – with guides and gear hire available for that.
Last Wednesday and Thursday delivered the driest snow of the season so far for Steve Leeder.
If you missed that, don’t panic, start packing, there’s more on the way!
Weatherzone forecast for Perisher conditions as of Monday 10 August:
|Prob. of precip||Likely snow||Snow level||Wind||Visibility|
|Tue Aug 11||Early frost. Mostly cloudy afternoon||30%||Nil||NW||Good|
|Wed Aug 12||Mostly cloudy. Snow showers developing||85%||2-5cm||1300||N||Fair|
|Thu Aug 13||Mostly cloudy. Showers. Snow, mainly in east||80%||<2cm||1600||N||Fair|
|Fri Aug 14||Mostly cloudy. Showers. Snow, mainly in east||75%||<2cm||1600||NW/NE||Good|
|Sat Aug 15||Early fog/frost. Showers, chance storm. Snow||90%||<2cm||1600||E to SW||Fair|
|Sun Aug 16||Early fog/frost. Showers, chance storm. Snow||90%||2-5cm||1600||SW||Good|
|Mon Aug 17||Mostly cloudy. Showers. Snow||80%||2-5cm||1600||NW||Good|
|Tue Aug 18||Cloudy. Snow||90%||5-10cm||1500||N/NW||Poor|
|Wed Aug 19||Cloudy. Snow||90%||5-10cm||1300||NW||Fair|
|Thu Aug 20||Early frost. Showers. Snow, mainly in east||80%||<2cm||1300||NW||Fair|
|Fri Aug 21||Early frost. Snow showers in south||70%||2-5cm||1200||NW||Improving|
|Sat Aug 22||Early frost. Snow showers clearing||60%||<2cm||1200||NW||Improving|
|Sun Aug 23||Early frost. Becoming mostly sunny||30%||Nil||NW||Good|
|Mon Aug 24||Early frost. Mostly sunny||30%||Nil||NW||Good|