Vail Resorts have this morning announced opening weekend details for its three Australian resorts with Perisher opening beginner ski terrain this Saturday.
Due to a rather warm and wet week that brought big rain followed by snow overnight last night, Australian resorts have reverted to traditional opening weekend fare after last year’s mega La Nina snow opening.
Perisher will be limited to a beginner ski option, a skier conveyor at the base of Front Valley from 9am- 5pm, which will be a fantastic opportunity for families with young children to experience snow for the very first time.
The resort has been making snow at every opportunity and continue to monitor the snow reports to identify any weather windows.
“We’re not worried about the season ahead and can’t wait to welcome more people back to the slopes as soon as the weather breaks,” says Perisher media department.
There’s still plenty of fun to be had over opening weekend with restaurants and retail stores open and the Peak Music Festival, still going ahead.
Following promising snowmaking and some good early snowfalls during May, the Victorian resorts have also seen a warm and wet week that has impacted the early season snow cover.
At Falls Creek Halley’s Comet lift will be running for sightseers and access to the Cloud 9 restaurant across the long weekend. With snow in the forecast and good snowmaking opportunities over the coming week, it will not be long until lifts will be open for skiing and boarding.
Hotham will not be operating any lifts on Saturday. Fireworks and marshmallow roasting with live music will all go ahead as planned.