Snow hits Australian ski resorts: Photos

Australian ski resorts have received up to 20 centimetres of snow over the weekend. The early arrival of snow ahead of winter is said to be a good sign for the ski season's opening weekend on 10 June.

The biggest snow fall was at Perisher, Australia's biggest ski resort, which received over 20cm of snow on Sunday. A storm hit the mountains overnight, bringing freezing temperatures, delivering 20cm of snow across the four resort areas of Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. Perisher has set up 30 snowguns to capitalise on the conditions to ready the slopes for opening weekend.

Mt Buller received 10 to 15 centimetres of fresh snow on Sunday, it's early arrival turning the resort into a winter scene. The ski resort will officially open for the season in 11 days. The resort has also set up snowmaking machines on Bourke Street and Little Buller Spur to capitalise on the conditions ahead of opening weekend.

At Thredbo, around 20cm of fresh snow fell on the mountain overnight on Sunday, and 5cm dusting the village. Temperatures dipped to -5 degrees celsius, with -1 the expected top temperature on Monday.

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