Record Snow Dumps in Australia
Skiers are being encouraged to flock to ski fields around Australia as the country enjoys huge snow dumps. Mount Hotham has received its highest amount of snowfall in August since 2001, with 143cm of snow falling in the month - 51cm of which has been measured in the past week. A further 50cm of snow is forecast to fall in the coming week. Mt Hotham spokeswoman Gina Woodward, who described the record snowfall as a relief, said: "It's great to see such a snowy August - pre-season forecasts had said it would be drier than this so it's a great surprise. "It's the best second half of a season for many years." Dry and cold conditions in July helped man-made snow production peak, Ms Woodward added. She said: "Current man-made snow production is around 150 per cent more than this time last year, allowing us to get more areas and access trails open earlier. "This will also allow us to keep the areas open in spring with a current snow base in those areas of 122cm." All of 12 lifts will be in operation. Falls Creek spokesman Ian Talbot said: "This is shaping up to be one of our better August snowfalls in a decade."