Huge dump of snow hits ski-fields

The Australian ski-fields are being covered with the biggest dump of fresh snow this season.

Ian Talbot at Ski Press said the snow was "dumping" at Falls Creek with 30-50 centimetres of new snow forecast for the next 48 hours.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said that widespread snowfalls of 25 to 50 centimetres were likely across the ski-fields between last night and early next week, most of it falling last night and today.

"A strong cold front is carrying a cloud band with a reasonable amount of moisture; the same system that brought widespread rain to south-west Western Australia earlier this week," he said.

"The rain in this cloud band won't take long to fall as snow at most resorts, due to the lack of warm air ahead of it.

"This front will be followed by another soon after, maintaining snow-bearing westerly winds for several days," Mr Dutschke said.

It has already been a better-than-average start to the season and the snow depth is about 20 centimetres more than at the same time last year, he said.

By the weekend the depth should be well above half a metre.

Together with the snow will be a burst of very strong winds, potentially gusting at more than 100km/h.

Last night and today look like being the windiest period with a risk of blizzard-like conditions. The wind will ease noticeably by the weekend.

"During next week, westerly winds will ease and skies will clear as a high pressure system takes over. That sets up a great week for skiing and snowboarding.

"Looking ahead to the rest of winter, it should be fairly close to average, regarding snowfalls," Mr Dutschke said.

The ABC reports that a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, Michael Efron, says snow can be expected down to 800 metres tomorrow.

Falls Creek's slope maintenance manager Geoff Sorensen said that residents and guests were taking advantage of the light fluffy snow with constant top-ups of fresh snow on popular trails.

"This is good Australian powder conditions. Skiers and boarders at Falls Creek are getting freshies today. There are no queues at Towers or Falls Creek Express chairlifts and the instructors are taking advantage of the ideal teaching conditions on the 2.2-kilometre Wombat's Ramble," he said.

"The freezing level has dropped and we'll have five groomer operators out tonight to take advantage of some great snow farming conditions.

"We are expecting some decent falls in the next four to five days." is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.