Thredbo Resort Announces Closing Day "Two Weeks Earlier Than Usual"

Thredbo Resort, a popular Australian ski area, announced yesterday, September 17th, that it was closing for skiing and riding starting today, September 18th.

From the caption:

"Well the time has come and we are officially wrapping up skiing and snowboarding for winter 2023 two weeks earlier than expected🤍⛄️

Mother Nature may have kept us on our toes but we had a LOT of magical times this season! We couldn't have done it without all of our incredible staff and guests! Our people are what makes Thredbo so special and we can't thank every single one of you enough 🌟

From tomorrow, the lifts will not be operating for skiing and snowboarding access. However the Kosciuszko Chairlift will still be spinning for backcountry, snowshoe and scenic access in the meantime."

While not explicitly stated in the post, the closure likely stems from a lack of snow. Thredbo's web cameras currently show large patches of grass interspersed with small patches of white. The Kosciuszko Chairlift was open today for "backcountry, snowshoe, and scenic access."

<p>Thredbo Resort</p>

Thredbo Resort

<p>Thredbo Resort</p>

Thredbo Resort

Despite brief snowy reprieves, Thredbo spent much of the Australian winter struggling with low snowfall and warm temperatures. The resort began the season with a delayed opening date, pushing back the first day of winter operations from June 10th.

Elsewhere in Australia, several other resorts have wrapped up winter operations, including Hotham, Mt. Buller, Mt. Baw Baw, and Selwyn. The nation's largest resort, Perisher, remains open.

When considering Australia's seasonal temperature and precipitation data, the spate of early closures makes sense. This past winter was Australia's warmest on record, and elevated portions of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales -- home to several Australian ski resorts -- saw snow depths lower than they've been in 17 years.

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