There's So Much Snow Aussie Ski Resorts Are Opening Early

The traditional Aussie ski season opening is the June long weekend. But not this year.

Thanks to a series of cold fronts which have been sweeping the south-east of the country since Monday, more than half a metre of snow has fallen at most Australian ski resorts, allowing at least two of them to open more than a week ahead of schedule.

This was Mt Hotham in Victoria on Wednesday arvo during a brief pause in the blizzard. They're not opening early, but they definitely posted the nicest pic today. Image: Chris Hocking, Hotham.

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Perisher in New South Wales and Mt Buller in Victoria will both open later this week, with Perisher winning the race, opening on Friday.

Lucky staff at Perisher were already out on the slopes on Wednesday.

Both resorts will only have a lift or two open, but prices will be reduced for anybody able to make a last-minute dash to the mountains.

At Mt Buller, it was so cold that this horse froze stiff.

Nah, only kidding.

Meanwhile at Thredbo, there's no word of an early opening, but staff have been super busy pushing snow around to make sure all the main trails are ready for next week.

That really is a decent heap of snow.

"Snow my gosh! After three days of extreme blizzard conditions, 60cm of early season snow fall AND more on the way... PERISHER IS OPENING EARLY!!!" the resort said in a very excitable statement on its website.

Perisher said its Front Valley slope would be open for skiing and boarding with the Village Eight Express eight-seater chairlift making its 2019 debut. A carpet will be running for beginners, too, and cafes would be open.

Mt Buller said they would be opening on June 1, which is the first day of winter. Skiing will be free as the resort debuts its new six-seater fast chairlift, the Bourke St Express.