Once again, the snow has come early across the Tasman, with falls of up to 45 centimetres across the Australian mountains in the last week of May.
The snow also came thick and fast – and early – in the 2017 and 2018 snow seasons – and it stayed around. By early July of both years, ski resort staff were scrambling through statistics to see if these might be some of the best snow years on record. Will this be another deep winter? We'll know in October.
For 2019, skiers and boarders have new lifts to ride at Perisher and Mount Buller and the tickets to ride have also changed. Season pass holders at Buller join Thredbo on the international Ikon Pass, while US Vail Resorts' purchase of Falls Creek and Hotham in Victoria put all those skiers on the rival Epic Pass.