The season gets off to an early start Down Under
In the northern hemisphere, summer is at last emerging from its slumbers, albeit tentatively, while the southern half of the world is preparing for winter, which is now close at hand.
Last weekend, several of Australia's best-known ski areas had a major snowfall, with on average 12 inches of fresh snow. The sudden snowfalls and the cold temperatures have enabled some ski resorts to open early for the winter season.
The first Australian ski resort to kick off the 2012 season was Perisher, where the Front Valley slope opened on June 2nd. The weekend's takings here were donated to local community charities. The 130+ TechnoAlpin snow guns had the slopes looking their best, to welcome the first visitors of the winter in style.
Meanwhile, with the weather being as cold as it has, even during the daytime, over 70 TechnoAlpin fan guns are hard at work at Mt. Hotham, making snow for the slopes. Both Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek, which has around 40 TechnoAlpin guns, plan to open their ski lifts this weekend, on June 9th.