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Snow conditions in Australasia 'look promising'


By  Unsigned,   Friday, 07 March 2008

Good news for skiers in the southern hemisphere. Snow conditions in Australia and New Zealand look promising ahead of the winter season.

Perisher Blue in Australia got its first snow at the end of February and now Mount Hutt in New Zealand has been covered with 15 centimetres of the white stuff.

There are expectations that temperatures will remain low in that part of the world and weather forecasters have predicted a decent snow season for Australia this year.

"We have barely had a summer this year," said Gary Grant, marketing manager at Perisher Blue.

"It's felt as though it's remained cold since the end of the 2007 season, apart from a few warm days, there air has always had a nip in it."

The owners of the Perisher Blue resort have invested millions of dollars in new snowmaking equipment for the 2008 winter season.

Meanwhile, Mount Hutt is being decked out with new snow guns to make ski conditions smoother. The new snow making machines are part of a refurbishment programme at the resort.