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Bumper ski season keeps on keeping on

Bob Neil, Thursday August 16, 2018 - 17:14 EST

A cold front delivered more healthy snowfalls over the last couple of days, adding to the already above average snowpack, with more snow on the way.

The most recent cold front was just another in a long line of fronts crossing the alpine region this winter, with most delivering good snowfalls and incrementally increasing the depth of the snow across the resorts.

Australia's alpine region can be very temperamental, often seeing one very strong cold front dumping a heap of snow before an extended period of dryness. This winter, however, has seen generally weaker but very consistent cold fronts, constantly topping up the snow depth and limiting melt in between.

As of Thursday, the official snow depth at Spencers Creek (NSW) is sitting at 203.9cm, well above the average for most resorts this time of year. Some Victorian resorts are also nudging to 200cm mark.

A cold front currently clipping southwestern WA will reach the Victorian and NSW ski resorts on Friday night. Some pre-frontal rain is always expected, however it should be brief, and by the end of the weekend around 15-30cm of fresh snow is likely to be blanketing the slopes.

It should also be windy as the front crosses the resorts, with blizzards a fair chance. Sunday could see the snow fall to some of the lowest levels this winter with a very cold airmass behind the front.

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