Early Snow Means Early Ski Season?

Hail at Cape Patterson. Picture: Brad Richards/Facebook.

Two weeks ago, Cape Patterson’s sand turned white with a blanket of hail. Melbourne recorded its wettest and coldest day of 2019, with temperatures of 14C and 15mm rainfall.

Mt. Baw Baw, Buller, and Falls Creek also received a dusting of snow.  However, this early snowfall does not necessarily indicate a good start to the winter ski season.

Mt. Baw Baw’s marketing director Amon Bradshaw said we won’t know for sure until the seven day forecast before opening weekend on June 7th. “Within ten days of the opening season then it could be possible for it to buildup,” said Bradshaw.

With the implementation of new snow making techniques, snow factories at Buller and Mt. Baw Baw allow for guaranteed snow. The snow factory was first implemented at Buller in 2017 and allows for manmade snow production up to 15C. However, this fake snow must be groomed over ski runs and has a limited spread.

With less than two weeks until the season officially begins, Hotham is forecast to have 31cm of snow over seven days. If next week stays cold, the season might be off to a good start.