Peter (The Frog) Taylor’s Long Term Snow Forecast (www.snowwatch.com.au)
Overall things are on the improve with the highs not as dominant as they
normally are at this time of year. May usually brings long periods of
sunny days due to blocking high
pressure systems which cause most cold fronts to slip to the south
under the mainland. With the breakdown on the highs so early on the
likelihood of consistent snowfalls increases as the low pressure systems
and cold fronts (that bring snow) reach further north over the
With the SOI
(Southern Oscillation Index) reading just staying in the negative
(currently -3) over the last month, and looking to continue around that
area, things are looking positive. With a decent start to the season and
consistent snowfalls over the next month we should see happy
skiers/boarders/and resorts. Season 2012 was a season of consistent
light snowfalls from mid July through to the end of August and
considered slightly above average for most resorts. Season 2013 is
shaping up to be better than that.
As per last year I see the lower resorts struggling early on to see a
full cover as much of the early snow predicted is above 1600-1700m.
Pete (The Frog)
NSW Snow Holidays
Even for first timers, NSW snow holidays should not cause undue stress. A snow holiday should be rewarding, despite any qualms about skiing or boarding for the first time. It is best to arrive at the resort prepared and knowing what to expect.
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The initial step for you, as a first timer, is to choose the best and most convenient location for a holiday. A ski resort on the slopes involves little travel, making it simple to go out to ski and come back in to warm up at a moment’s notice. Staying at a resort away from the snow is still fun, but it lacks the convenience of spending an NSW snow holidays on the slopes. Also consider whether or not the resort allows guests to rent equipment or buy lessons for an affordable price. After you decide where you would like to stay you should plan ahead by calling the resort or booking a stay online. Look at the accommodations the resort offers and choose a package, if necessary.
Make sure to arrange transportation ahead of time. If you are driving to the resort, ensure there is free parking available. There are other options to consider as well; trains and shuttles may provide assistance. Call ahead of time to book a spot, if necessary.
Be prepared with the proper clothing for snow activities. Do not forget to bring a jacket that is not only warm but will also protect you from elements like water and wind. Thermal underclothing is very helpful for staying warm, but don’t forget the smaller accessories such as beanies, boots and gloves. Sometimes these small, forgettable items can make all the difference.
Those who choose to purchase skiing or snowboarding lessons should ensure that the instructor giving the lessons is qualified. An instructor should not instill bad habits or give inaccurate advice. If it is your first time taking a skiing lesson, be honest and tell the instructor.
First timers may discover that they are not fans of skiing or snowboarding. There are still other activities to take part in, indoors and outdoors. It is a good idea to try hiking or tubing for a change of pace. Even with the snow there should be no difficulty in finding a tour guide to show you the most interesting spots in town.
The most important advice for first timers taking NSW snow holidays is to stay safe. Do not let your body become exhausted; eat when you are hungry and drink water to avoid dehydration. Don’t push your body harder than it can go.
Perisher Ski Resort History
Guthega, Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes operated individual ski resorts since the 1950s, but often the single road leading to each location proved impassable because of inclement weather. The villages combined efforts and now form the Perisher ski resort, accessible thanks to the Skitube Alpine Railway. The Perisher ski resort officially opened in the mid 1990s. The facilities include the Station and the Skitube Alpine Railway, which takes guests from one location to another via the 6.3 km (3.9 mile) tunnel railway system. Open from June to October, guests arriving to the ski resort have access to the largest number of lifts and always find plenty of snow on the highest peaks in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Resort visitors are never at a loss for places to ski. Perisher ski resort features seven peaks that range in height from 1,905 to 2,054 meters (6,250 to 6,738 feet), Mt. Perisher being the tallest. A total number of 47 lifts transport over 50,000 skiers an hour up to the slopes. The types of lifts include double, triple and quadruple chair lifts, J and T bar lifts, conveyors and rope tows. Regardless of experience level, everyone finds a terrain suitable for skiing. Beginners have access to 22 percent of the run, 60 percent of the runs are suitable for intermediate skiers and 18 percent of the runs attract highly skilled skiers. Regardless of what the weather may or may not choose to bring, Perisher resort has 271 snow guns and 18 grooming machines that ensure fresh powder on 53.4 hectares (131.9 acres) of land.
First time visitors find accommodations to fit any budget. Deanes snow accommodation lies on snow, at the bottom of the slopes, allowing guests to ski in and out of the facility. Once on location, visitors find adequate parking on lower elevations at the Bullocks Flat Skitube Alpine Railway station. Taking the railway to and from any peak at the resort saves travellers from having to use chains and navigate the primary road to and fro, as journeying along the road during ski season commonly proves difficult. By contacting Deanes Snow Holidays, guests book accommodations or obtain information concerning everything from accommodations, equipment hire and ski lessons. Guests might also make arrangements on this website.
Most people travelling around the resort during ski season drive 4WD vehicles. Chains are required on all vehicles by law. Guests should wear multiple layers of clothing, which ensures warmth and protection. The safety of visitors is important to the resort. Observance of the Alpine Responsibility Code ensures the well being of all guests. Visitor safety includes skiing in areas open to visitors while using well maintained skiing, snowboarding and safety equipment. Use slopes designed for particular skill levels and immediately report any mishaps to the ski patrol.