Just for the record:
A 2003 CSIRO report, part-funded by the ski industry, found that the resorts could lose a quarter of their snow in 15 years, and half by 2050.
The worst case was a 96 per cent loss of snow by mid-century.
“Climate change is happening,” says Fairley.
“It is a live issue, not something that may happen in 10 or 20 or 100 years.
It is with us now, as we stand in the lift queue.
Modelling for 2020 and 2050 shows that the resort with the most remaining snow will be Perisher, in NSW, followed in order by Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Thredbo and Mount Buller.
So, nine years on in 2012, how are the snow field resorts?
THE Victorian Alps are crowned with fresh snow and ski resorts are gearing up for the best spring in eight years.
Heavy snowfalls this month have left Hotham with 186 centimetres of natural snow, the best coverage since 2004.
It is only the fourth time in 20 years there has been so much snow this late in August.
Dumping in Oz
2012 looks set to go down as one of the best in Australia for snowfall for a while.
It meant that the resort passed the 2m snow depth mark for the first time since winter 2004.
And after another 38cm of snow last weekend, Mt Hotham in Victoria reported its natural snow depth had reached 1.91m – not far off the 2m mark, a level not reached there since 2004 either.
28 june, 2014:
Megablizzard returns with yet more snow for Australia in incredible meteorological mirror image
“The megablizzard returns this weekend – bigger, stronger and quite possibly snowier than the blizzard earlier this week which delivered the heaviest June snowfalls of the century.”
June 30, 2014:
The Big Chill is going nowhere
“The cold turn has delivered bumper snow in the alps, with 112cm of new snow falling in Falls Creek last week – the largest June snowfall since 1991.”
Australian Snow Statistics
The Australian ski season goes from June to October but be aware that Australian snow falls are highly variable, as illustrated in the first graph.
The good news is that, averaged over several years, the snow falls do not seem to be getting worse and a very good dump seems to occur every few years.
* Picking, in advance, which years are “good” seems impossible.
However, just like going to the horse races, it pays to know the “odds” that a particular week of the year will be good – that’s what this site is about – averaging the conditions over many years.