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SNOW POUNDING OZ & NZ

It just keeps on coming down. But there’ve been avalanches and incidents in both Australia and New Zealand. Check out the latest.

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Winter is settling in nicely in both Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the latest videos and photographs from some of the ski areas down-under.

AUSTRALIA

Hotham

Tuesday morning at Mt Hotham in New South Wales.

Perisher

The storm in NSW continues delivering some 32cm of snow at Perisher since the weekend.

On Tuesday the conditions look pretty good.

Perisher - Tuesday 20th August

Perisher – Tuesday 20th August

Mt Buller

Tuesday at Mt Buller

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has received some snow.

The snow fnally arrived at Coronet Peak in Queenstown that delivered an unexpected 23cm.

“An unexpected 23cm’s has fallen over Coronet Peak today, finished off by a gorgeous bluebird afternoon,” was the comment left on Facebook.

Coronet Peak with 23cm of fresh snow

Coronet Peak with 23cm of fresh snow

Treble Cone

Up to now Treble Cone has a snow base of 105cm with some 4cm received a couple of days ago.

Looking ahead, Treble Cone is expecting some heavy snowfall down to 1000m.

Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu posted the video below, showing off sunshine and beautiful snow conditions.

MONDAY 19TH AUGUST

Australian resorts reported another 20cm fell overnight and it was still coming down as the ski day started.

Thredbo

“What a start to the week ❄️🤘👊 20cm of fresh snow and another 5cm today 😍 More freshies in the forecast for the week…Yeah Baby 🙏”

Perisher

The photos below come from the webcams in Perisher.

“20cm overnight & it’s still snowing!!!”

Perisher webcam

Perisher, Australia, Monday 19th

Perisher webcam

Perisher, Australia, Monday 19th

On the North Island of New Zealand there has been more sunshine and light winds after the two weeks of storms that have been hitting the main ski areas of Whakapapa and TÅ«roa at Mt Ruapehu.>

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa, New Zealand, Monday 19th

But there’s some a fair bit of work to do to free a couple of the ski lifts from compacted snow and ice.

The groomer in the picture below is 2.5 metres high.

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa, New Zealand, Monday 19th

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa & TÅ©roa, New Zealand, Monday 19th

One New Zealand’s South Island there has been more snow over the weekend as it continues to make up for a poor early season.

Mt Hutt reported snow conditions “absolutely primo” today after 30cm fell on Saturday.

And if you need proof, watch this video shot on Sunday by Jeremy Black:

Coronet Peak

“Super sweet snow conditions with epic on and off piste skiing and riding,” the resort says.

“The snow making and grooming team have once again combined to lay down some great cord with a dusting on top, perfecto!”

Cardrona

The video shot by Rory Edwards is of Jon from Instructor Training Cardrona, NZ – ITC.

And The Remarkables

It’s looking… well…. remarkably good.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables, New Zealand, Monday 19th

SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST

The heavy snowfall has resulted in a series of avalanches.

The latest avalanche was in Mt Ruapehu on the North Island in New Zealand and was triggered by the avalanche control.

The area has the ski fields of Whakapapa and TÅ«roa.

It was set off by explosive charges and illustrates the dangers after the recent heavy snow.

It came down above the ski area of TÅ«roa & through Big Bowl and Why Not, ending past the lower elevation of the ski resort.

Reports say some went on the pistes that had been cleared.

“Both Big Bowl and Why Not are incredibly fun parts of our ski area to ride and avalanche control work such as this helps make sure all our guests and staff remain safe, with smiles on their faces from a good days skiing,” said the resort.

One of the reasons the avalanche was so big is because a persistent weak layer was buried far down in the snow pack over two weeks ago due to the ongoing storms.

“When first releasing the avalanche slab was in dry snow and was moving incredibly fast, as it travelled lower it began picking up wetter snow and became the slightly slower, heavier mass you see in this video,” added the resort.

On the South Island more snow is set to fall after a dry season so far.

Coronet Peak has only received between 20-25cms of natural snow.

The Remarkables and Mt Hutt skifields have been heavily reliant of the snow cannons.

As has Cardrona.

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST

A man was hit by a slide of snow when he was hiking with his wife in the resort of Thredbo in New South Wales.

They were hiking up an off piste area in snow shoes and planning to snowboard down.

A huge slab avalanche swept him away but he was able to dig himslef out with the help of his wife.

He suffered a broken ankle and was taken by skidoo to the resort’s medical centre by the emergency services.

See here for a related story on PlanetSKI as the snowboarder describes in detail his experience of being caught in an avalanche:

Thredbo avalanche

Thredbo avalanche

It follows the fall of over a metre of snow as we have reported lower down this article.

More heavy snow is forecast for later in the week.

It was the second incident in 24-hours in the resort.

WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST

Earlier a 48-year old man and his 10-year old daughter became separated from their group and became  stuck waist deep in the snow.

The father called the rescue services who were able to locate them using the signal from his phone as darkness began to fall. See more below (Monday 12th).

At the weekend a 68-year-old skier was killed when he hit a low branch on a tree at Thredbo.

Last week camper was rescued from his tent was buried by snow near Mt Stillwell in Kosciuszko National Park.

The 45-year old man was treated for exposure and hypothermia.

TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST
NEW ZEALAND

In New Zealand the snow has been falling heavily as winter finally arrives.

Coronet Peak, New Zealand

Coronet Peak, New Zealand

The Remarkables, New Zealand

The Remarkables, New Zealand

One group of 5 off piste skiers had a narrow escape when they were caught in an avalanche while touring on Mt Cook.

One of the party was injured with a dislocated shoulder and was helicoptered to hospital in Chritchurch.

The group is described as ‘experienced’ and they had all the correct safety equipment and communicated with the rescue authorities by 2-way radio.

The avalanche risk is described as ‘considerable’ after heavy snow and high winds.

Mt Cook, New Zealand

Mt Cook, New Zealand

And in Mt Hutt it has been windy.

And the resort has issued some information on social media:

Facebook advice amid the windy weather

Facebook advice amid the windy weather

AUSTRALIA

Not so much to say about today in Australia.

Just pictures…

Perisher

Perisher, Australia

Thredbo

Thredbo, Australia

Falls Creek, Australia

Falls Creek, Australia

And videos of kangaroos:

MONDAY 12TH AUGUST

Conditions are epic in Oz right now with big snowfalls followed by blue skies and sunshine.

This is Thredbo in New South Wales today as the resort announced it was 100% open:

Earlier today there were fears for the safety of a man and his 10-year-old daughter after they went missing while snowboarding in Thredbo.

They were eventually found and rescued from 700m down a slope.

Paramedic assessed them after they were located safe and uninjured, a New South Wales Police spokesman said.

Emergency services launched a major operation after the man and his daughter became separated from their group at about 3.10pm on Monday.

They had very little phone battery left but managed to describe the surrounding terrain which helped the emergency services find them.

Thredbo

Thredbo, Australia, Monday 12th August

Over in New Zealand, Mt Hutt ski resort posted a link to the latest weather report with the mischievous message: “Terrible conditions today – don’t bother coming up…”

Mt Hutt NZ weather report

“Terrible conditions” in Mt Hutt, NZ

And here’s Treble Cone in New Zealand….

Treble Cone

Treble Cone, NZ

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