Monday, 15 July 2002
Although 2000 was one of the biggest snow seasons ever in Australia, there is currently more snow on the ground at Victoria’s Mount Hotham than there was at the same time in 2000.
The average natural snow depth in week 6 of the 2000 snow season was approximately 105 cm. The average natural snow depth in week 6 this season is 113 cm. That's an extra 8 cm of fresh powder that has fallen!
Len Dobell, General Manager of Operations commented: The excellent snow conditions have enabled us to get construction of terrain parks and half pipes underway early into the season.
The average natural snow depth in 2000 peaked at 240 cm in late August. The last record-breaking season at the Victorian snowfields was in 1991, when although it was late coming, the average natural snow depth reached over 3 metres.
The early falls have meant that the NSW and Victorian school holiday-goers have had perfect conditions, especially this past week when there has been more than one metre of snow, all lifts operating, no wind and perfect sunny days. It really has been magical, said Mr Dobell.
A further increase in snow depth is looking positive for the end of the week with a further 10 cm+ of snow predicted to fall and a giant cold front expected to reach the Victorian Alps on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
For up to date snow condition reports and event information, check out the website on www.hotham.net.au