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Things that can only happen at the snow

There are plenty of things you can get away with on a summer holiday, but only a few things that will slide at a ski resort.

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Queenstown, New Zealand.

Rise above the fray

Trans-Tasman rivalries melt faster in the mountains, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.

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Alpine Habitats, Crackenback near Thredbo.

Alpine Habitats

In between Jindabyne and Thredbo are the 18 two-bedroom self-contained cabins of Alpine Habitats.

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Cosy mountain boutique ... the Denman Hotel, Thredbo.

The Denman Hotel

Built in the 1960s and recently remodelled by owners Ed and Judy Denny, the 36- room Denman Hotel is all you'd expect a cosy mountain boutique retreat to be.

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The official opening of the ski season at Perisher Blue.

Skiers pay dearly for flurry of investment

Enthusiasts at Thredbo and Perisher for the start of the ski season this weekend learnt long ago about the inverse relationship between the price of lift tickets and the latitude and altitude of where they ski.

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Mt Biking at Thredbo

All downhill from here

Ben Stubbs discovers a thrilling Thredbo-based summer tour that is the equivalent of riding four kilometres of stairs.

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