Perisher opens lifts for early start of ski season

One of Australia’s best ski resorts has opened early after unexpected snowdrifts, creating merry scenes on the slopes.

Massive snowdrifts over Australia’s ski resorts have caused a major resort to open its lifts ahead of schedule.

A surprise announcement that Perisher’s Village Eight chairlift would begin turning Friday afternoon had eager locals queuing up.

It’s more than a week earlier than the traditional start of the season over the June long weekend, although perisher had already announced plans to open from this weekend.

Thredbo is also registering dense snow cover and is expected to open its elevators as scheduled on June 11.

“Conditions were just too good to wait to open this week and we just felt like we wanted to start today,” said Perisher General Manager Belinda Trembath.

Perisher has received more than two feet of snow since Monday, and more than a foot of snow is forecast for the weekend and next week.

“Looking ahead to next week, we’ve forecast about a meter of snow, so conditions look just great for that official opening weekend where we could have up to 1.6 meters of snow on the ground,” said Belinda Trembath.

Conditions were also ideal for artificial snow making, with machines running all week to help what was on the ground.

After two extremely difficult seasons during Covid-19, Ms Trembath said there was plenty of excitement to get back to skiing and boarding.

“It’s been a rough few years for our resort, our community and our industry. All I would do is encourage everyone to plan ahead, book online and stay safe on the road,” said Ms Trembath.

Originally published as Joyful scenes when the Australian ski slopes open early

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