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There have been huge snowfalls in Oz & NZ with more in the forecast. Resorts have announced they're staying open a while longer. UPDATED



Australia has the best of it with a storm nick-named Blizzard of Oz 3 dropping even more snow.

In places over 1m and counting.

Thredbo has hit its deepest natural snow depth since 2000 and has had 4.5m of snow this season.



Other Australian resorts including Hotham and Charlotte Pass have also received close 1m of snow from the latest storm.

Perisher, Mt Buller and Falls Creek have already announced they are extending the season and others are expected to follow suit. 

Falls Creek has had almost 150,000 visitors to their resort so far this season, resort spokesman Nathan Fenton said.

It has 92 runs and 14 lifts open. 

"60cm fresh this week & more on the way (BYO Snorkel). How could we not extend the season!" said a statement from Mt Buller.

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Mount Buller spokeswoman Katie Bowker said the resort had recorded the largest cumulative snowfall since 2004.

"It's crazy, it's amazing," Ms Bowker said. "Everyone is absolutely on top of the world."

"We've had 70 centimetres in the last four days, which is amazing up here for the first week of spring." 

She said ski resort entry figures were 5% higher than 2016 almost 20% up on the 10-year average.

Mount Buller was operating 19 of its 22 lifts, 14 more than at the same time last year.

    Falls Creek has had almost 150,000 visitors to their resort so far this season, resort spokesman Nathan Fenton said. He said "it's a good time to be here," with 92 runs and 14 lifts open.  

"Best snow conditions in 5 years and there's more snow in the forecast! Epic conditions means we are extending the season woo hoo!" said a statement from Perisher earlier this week.

More snow has now fallen and the resort now claims it is the best snow this century.

"Did you hear? Best snow in 17 years!" said an updated statement on Thursday.

And here are some images of those out enjoying it all:

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Pow!   

   

It all looks pretty sweet Down Under. 

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See below for some of our earlier snow reports from Australia:
  Falls Creek has  a base of 1.5m and another 100cm is in the forecast. 

 The resort will now be open until Sunday October 8th.    

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"It's just been exceptional this season.  Looking around today on the 2nd September you'd think it was July school holidays with all the guests in the village and out on the hill, the place is absolutely buzzing!" said the Falls Creek General Manager, Sharon Raguse.

"Once this next snow fall hits it will go to the next level, we will likely have a base well over 2 metres and fresh powder in September!'  

It is a similar picture in New Zealand.

Mt Ruapehu's Turoa and Whakapapa received 80cm of snow over the last three days with 1,000 people on the slopes on Sunday

Mt Ruapehu marketing manager, Matt McIvor, said they had had heavy snow dumps which "should make for epic skiing and snowboarding this spring season".

The resort closes on October 23rd.

The latest resort to announce it is staying open longer is Mt Hutt.

"We are extending our winter season for an extra week! We've got absolutely oodles of snow, so staying open through to the end of the NZ school holidays makes perfect sense. Our scheduled closing date is now 15th October,"  said a statement from the resort.

A further 20cm of snow fell a few days ago.

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The NZ Avalanche Advisory has warned people to avoid backcountry travel due to the risk of avalanches.

Arthur's Pass, Craigieburn, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Ohau are all listed as no go areas due to the significant danger following the heavy snow.

Only skiers and snowboarders with a high level of avalanche skills should consider entering another 8 mountain regions.

The NZ Avalanche Advisory said hazards are not managed in the backcountry inexperienced people should not be in these areas.

There has also been severe travel disruption.

 25 truck drivers were forced to spend the night in their vehicles near Springs Junction and the Lewis Pass -  trapped by the heavy snow covering the area.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this story with news from other resorts with pictures and videos from the lucky ones out enjoying the superb end of season conditions.

Do check back!

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