Snow right on cue for ski season opening party

Mother nature has delivered timely snowfalls to alpine resorts for the start of the ski season.

By Sunday morning about 10cm of snow had fallen at resorts in Victoria and NSW.

Cold weather predicted to last until Thursday will likely bring more snow and see lifts open, resort operators say.

While there was not enough snow for skiing it didn't deter thousands of partygoers visiting for traditional opening weekend festivities.

Mount Hotham Skiing Company spokeswoman Gina Woodward said snowfalls added to the party atmosphere and turned the mountain white.

"As soon the flakes started falling the tobogganing came out, people started marking their first snow angels of the season, everyone was really excited because it is quite beautiful," she said.

"Probably the good thing about it is they are large heavy flakes which helps us set up a really good base."

It was a similar story at Falls Creek where children got out to have a look at the white stuff.

Falls Creek Ski Lifts' spokeswoman Debbie Howie said she was hopeful of more snow during the week.


"There are a number of people here who haven't seen snow before and they are very excited," she said.

"As soon as we get enough snow on the ground we are definitely opening lifts, it is just a matter of how much snow falls in this weather pattern."

Laurie Blampied, general manager of Buller Ski Lifts said it was great to have snow on opening weekend.

"It's a great way to get the season rolling and I'd hope if these conditions continue as is forecast we'll be opening up lifts and having people out skiing and boarding very soon," he said.

Snowfalls were also reported at NSW resorts including Perisher Blue and Thredbo.


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