The little resort that could, Corin Forest Snowfields, in the ACT will be open this weekend for the 2024 winter season.

Australia’s lowest altitude and most northerly snow resort relies on advanced snowmaking technology to create its winter wonderland. Despite the recent challenging weather conditions, all facilities will be open for the official start of the ski season.

Corin Forest’s unique location, at the base of a south-facing valley, combined with Canberra’s cold winter nights, allows snowmaking to be highly effective. A blend of cutting edge and tried and tested technologies is backed up by a team who operate the snowmaking equipment 24 hours a day during the ski season.

This weekend visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, lessons, snow play, tobogganing, and the iconic 1.2km Alpine Slide. Instructors from as far away as Spain and Poland and snowmakers from Canada have joined the team to bring the season to life.

Over the past month, snow guns and the “Yeti” all-weather snowmaking machine have created an impressive snow cover, which will be groomed and spread over the slopes for the opening.

Pre-season snow play at Corin Forest.

Corin Forest reopened in 2014 with climate change in mind.

“There’s no doubt climate change is real. We evaluated the latest technologies and concluded that making snow at Corin Forest was still viable. We invested heavily in the latest technology and the results speak for themselves. Over the past 10 years, our snowfields have been open every winter,” says Managing Director Dane Liepins.

Located just 45 minutes from Canberra, Corin Forest offers winter sports without the long journey to the Snowy Mountains. In May 2023 regulatory approval was granted for a major expansion of the area including a chairlift and longer ski slopes.

Capacities are limited for safety and comfort, so pre-booking is recommended.

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