Ski season underway as Australia hit by low temps

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 10, 2011 9:36 pm

AUSTRALIA – Melbourne experienced its coldest May day in three years yesterday when temperatures dropped to 3.5C (38 degrees) in the city.

The chill was welcomed across Australia’s ski fields, with snowmaking guns switched on for the first time last night.

Perisher Valley in southern NSW became the first ski resort to start making snow, ahead of the ski season which starts on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend June 11-13.

“We’re absolutely thrilled the temps have dropped low enough to allow us to start snowmaking,” Perisher CEO Peter Brulisauer said.

Forecasters are predicting a good snow season ahead for skiers and snowboarders.

Icy temperatures across Australia’s southeastern states today include: Canberra, -2 to 10 degrees; Melbourne, 6 to 13 degrees; Hobart, 6 to 11 degrees.

The rest of the country will enjoy temperatures in the double-digits: 12 to 24 degrees in Perth; 10 to 16 degrees in Adelaide; 10 to 23 degrees in Brisbane; and 20 to 30 degrees in Darwin.

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