It’s the sound of a ski season in the making: snow guns firing crisp powder into the frigid air to blanket the ground in white.
Thredbo Ski Resort fired up its new snowmaking guns for the first time yesterday morning (20 May), making the most of the freezing temperatures.
Six new fixed snowmaking machines and four mobile guns were added for the 2022 season to significantly increase the ability to make snow at Friday’s Flat and across the resort.
Thredbo woke up to more than 5 cm of fresh snow on 18 May, with more falling throughout the day.
The resort’s season is set to open on 11 June.
Snowmaking ?? It’s a work of art ??????
Posted by Thredbo Resort on Thursday, May 19, 2022
Perisher is also firing up for snow season, with 5 cm falling there on 18 May.
The resort fired up 51 guns overnight (19 May) with more cold temperatures on the way.
A spokesperson said they’ve been able to build on that snowfall ahead of its season-opening, also currently scheduled for 11 June.
“We’ve had some dustings since then and our snowmaking team has been able to fire up the snow guns to continue preparations,” they said.
Ahead of snow season, a new GP has been chosen to provide trauma and general practice services on the slopes.
Dr Lincoln Pike was selected for the role by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Health.
The onsite GP provides services for emergency and trauma, as well as general practice and physiotherapy.
Perisher Resort has also installed new pick up machines for tickets and Epic Australia passes to make it easier for guests to head straight to the lifts.
Snow season at Selwyn Snow Resort officially gets underway on 2 July but visitors are welcome from 11 June.
Selwyn hasn’t operated for the past two years after it was extensively damaged in the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/20.
The new and expanded Selwyn Centre is complete, which includes ski and snowboard hire, food and drink options and improved toilet facilities.