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Should I go to the snow this weekend?

Anthony Sharwood, Thursday June 17, 2021 - 09:56 EST

The second weekend of the 2021 Aussie ski season is almost upon us, but is it worth it? Should you dash off to the slopes this weekend?

Well, in life you can either be a glass half full person or a glass half empty person. And the glass half empty version is that there's not really much snow yet.

But the glass half full version goes like this: Hey, it's still only June. Still just mid-June in fact. And there is snow on the ground at most resorts and the lifts are spinning.

Also - and this is a big one - it's not yet public shcool holidays in NSW and Victroia for another week. So this could be your last chance for a while to squeeze a few turns in without enormous crowds like there were on opening weekend. Eek!

There is also the reasonable chance of a handy little top-up of 5 to 15 centimetes of snow or thereabouts from Thursday into Friday, followed by drier weather this weekend. So weather conditions and the snow surface should be nice enough, even if overall depth is still lacking.

So where to go? 

NSW again appears to be the pick, given the amount of terrain and lifts open after it received more snow than Victoria in last week's snowfalls.

Perisher will have between 10 and 15 lifts running, while Thredbo should have seven lifts on the spin. Charlotte Pass will also have three lifts going.

Image: Yellow fellow on a mellow slope at Perisher. Source: Perisher_Resort on Instagram.

In Victoria, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek will have a few lifts turning on a mix of snowmaking snow and the natural stuff, while Mt Buller and Mt Baw Baw are still doing their best with the man-made stuff.

Our pick: Thredbo

No other resort at pesent can match the length of run they have with High Noon and Dream Run open. These are some of Australia's longest runs at the best of times, so it's pretty incredible they've got them going with such a light cover - even if there's a small patch of dirt here and there lower down. Check the Thredbo snow report here.

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