Deepest natural snow in years but high-country businesses crying out for visitors

Kim Treasure 5 August 2021 25
Snow at Perisher

A skier taking advantage of glorious conditions at Perisher. The natural snow depth this year is the best in more than 20 years. Photo: Supplied.

Despite the deepest natural snow cover in more than 20 years, Snowy Mountains businesses are crying out for visitors as lockdowns and travel restrictions take their toll.

Measurements taken by Snowy Hydro at Spencer’s Creek on 29 July show a natural snow depth of 186.3 cm – the highest level recorded since the bumper snow year of 2000.

The resorts of Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass are currently in great condition for skiing and snowboarding, with experts expecting more snow to fall this week – but visitor numbers are well down on normal.

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Nic Kennedy, owner and operator of The Guthega Inn, said the Sydney lockdown was proving particularly problematic.

“Despite some of the best snow conditions in recent memory, our bookings are roughly 70 per cent down on what was held prior to the lockdown announcement,” he said.

Boarder at Perisher Resort

A boarder enjoying the powder at Perisher Resort. Photo: Supplied.

“We absolutely welcome guests from regional NSW and the ACT. Those who are able to visit will no doubt enjoy the abundance of space on the slopes and the excellent snowfalls.”

Fen Bannister, who owns Eastlake Travellers Lodge in East Jindabyne, said her business was struggling to fill rooms.

“The Sydney lockdown has been the toughest hit yet for our little business – worse than last year and the bushfires,” she said.

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“Winter is usually the time where we make our bread and butter and it’s extremely worrying to think about our future.

“We are practically begging people to stay and still struggling to fill our beds.”

Keen powder hounds from regional NSW and the ACT may be able to capitalise on the fantastic snow cover with fewer people than normal on the slopes.

Those who can visit the Snowy Mountains are being urged to check with accommodation providers in the region to take up some great deals on a last-minute snow holiday.

The resorts of Thredbo and Perisher are also offering discounted lift and accommodation packages until the end of the month with Charlotte Pass offering budget friendly skiing and snowboarding all season.

Original Article published by Kim Treasure on About Regional.

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25 Responses to Deepest natural snow in years but high-country businesses crying out for visitors
Michael A Avis Michael A Avis 12:53 am 10 Aug 21

Due to the financial climate

No Job means

No Money 😷

Laura Jane Laura Jane 5:22 pm 09 Aug 21

Prices don’t seem to reflect this, and current advice (for ACT at least) is to reconsider all interstate travel 🤨

Bron Windt Bron Windt 12:13 pm 09 Aug 21

Harley Stewart lol after we got turned away from so many places

Oiledpengu Oiledpengu 11:14 am 08 Aug 21

Rubbish. The car parks are still full at the snow and Jindabyne. It’s just a different clientele.

Bentley The Cat Bentley The Cat 8:39 am 08 Aug 21

Begging? I don’t think so! Their prices are ridiculous!

Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 7:17 am 08 Aug 21

Ring any of the local accomodation providers - there are some great deals around.

    Mark Oz Mark Oz 9:00 am 08 Aug 21

    If the deals are so great, Donna Jowett-Poulos, why isn’t this reflected on the various booking sites?

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 9:16 am 08 Aug 21

    Mark Oz sorry cant answer that one but I know individual properties like - Trauldhagen Lodge, The Nix in Jindabyne, The Man from Snowy River in Perisher - just a few off the top of ny mind have big percentage cuts for the rest of the season. Ring directly- dont use third party booking platforms and I am sure you will find a great deal. There are a couple of new FB pages too - Last Minute Thredbo is one. Will see if I can find one for you in Jindabyne. Our local businesses are struggling- the snow is amazing. Even cheaper would be in Berridale - def worth a look

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 9:18 am 08 Aug 21

    Mark Oz another one is Jindabyne Holiday Accommodation Group

    Mark Oz Mark Oz 9:37 am 08 Aug 21

    I just checked, Last Minute Thredbo - not sure what you define as a great deal, but I’d expect if they are struggling businesses would be offering more that 1% off - if these are discounted prices …

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 9:38 am 08 Aug 21

    Mark Oz sorry - can’t help you. Try some of the lodges🤷🏼‍♀️

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 9:41 am 08 Aug 21

    Mark Oz there seem to be some good ones on there - i just had a look

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 9:43 am 08 Aug 21

    Mark Oz that looks like a website - look on FB

John Moulis John Moulis 3:02 pm 07 Aug 21

They keep trying to cultivate this snobbish and elitist image. Accom at over $1000 per night. Hmmph! I went to Forster in the middle of summer and paid just over $100 per night. I know where I’d rather be.

    Frank Spencer Frank Spencer 10:22 am 08 Aug 21

    Totally agree. They have been overpriced for so many years.

Brendan Pearce Brendan Pearce 10:35 am 07 Aug 21

Way too expensive with both lift tickets and accommodation. Lower the prices and more people will actually go.

Acton Acton 7:15 am 07 Aug 21

Checked and stayz. Accommodation is still at extortionate prices.

Kat Lindbeck Kat Lindbeck 2:32 am 07 Aug 21

Is that why the lifts passes are massively inflated 😂 I know it has been tough the last few seasons but it is so expensive now

Jake Anthony Jake Anthony 9:42 pm 06 Aug 21

Susie Armistead practically begging? Please, it's more expensive than ever! 😅

Sean Polmanteer Sean Polmanteer 4:30 pm 06 Aug 21

Looking at accomodation prices they ain’t that desperate..

    Donna Jowett-Poulos Donna Jowett-Poulos 7:15 am 08 Aug 21

    Sean Polmanteer there are some great deals - ring any of the accommodation providers.

TimboinOz TimboinOz 4:19 pm 06 Aug 21

I used to do cross-country / Langloff ski-ing.

But am now old-enough, >70, to be sensible about the risks given my likely brittle bones.

Careful, gentle bush-walking will do for now.

Chloé Argy Chloé Argy 3:38 pm 06 Aug 21

Mathew can we go???

    Kerrie Anne Kerrie Anne 9:33 pm 06 Aug 21

    Chloé Argy I wanna go too. But we’re actually locked 🔒 out.

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