Melbourne may have brooded under a heavy, silvery sky on Saturday, but the Victorian alps was another country entirely, with the sun hanging brightly in an empty blue sky - and underfoot, plenty of well-packed snow.
Three cold fronts in the space of a month mean that ski resorts have the best depth of snow this early in a season since 2002.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Deryn Griffiths said there had been a good start to the season and recent falls had been as low as 600 metres to 700 metres in the resorts - although light falls powdered the outer suburbs of Melbourne in the past week.
Ms Griffiths said low pressure over the Tasman meant that temperatures would remain low - about minus 5 degrees in resorts - although further falls were unlikely before Wednesday when it would be less cold.
"I think we just call it good luck as far as the ski resorts are concerned," she said.
Gill Dobson, marketing and communications manager at Mount Buller said the resort had an average of 109 centimetres on the ground, with about 20 centimetres falling during the week. "These are some of the best conditions we have seen in more than a decade ... 100 per cent of our terrain is open, the village is coated, there's snow in the trees, it's absolutely beautiful.''
A worker at Mr Hotham said: "Conditions are the best I've seen here. We've had a ridiculous amount of snow compared to last season. Snow quality is really good, powdery and perfect for skiing.''