The Australian ski season officially starts on Saturday June 10. Opening weekend is usually mostly about the parties but this year it might just be about the sliding too, after good snowfalls on the weekend.
Did we just say sliding? Here is a "slider" image of the top half of Thredbo to give you an idea of the 20cm of snow that fell between Sunday morning and early Monday.
Up to 20cm of snow fell across the main NSW and Victorian resorts, and follow-up falls of up to 10cm are expected on Tuesday in the cold south-westerly airstream. Here's the scene at Mt Buller in Victoria.
Snowmaking has also started at most resorts, and will likely continue all week given the frosty nights forecast. At Perisher, overnight lows this week will dip to minus 7, minus 7, minus 7 again, then to vary things up a little, minus 6.
Brrrr. Oh, and here's what Perisher looks like now.
Falls Creek ski resort in Victoria got so excited about the snow, they made a five-minute video which is strangely engaging.
Meanwhile the outdoor furniture at Falls Creek's Cedarwood Lodge may need a little clearing this Monday.
But should snow lovers be excited about a bumper season ahead? Or should the rest of Australia be in dread of same if they hate the bloody cold?
Well, for what it's worth, the Bureau forecasts a warmer, drier winter than usual -- although these sorts of seasonal outlooks are often not worth the paper they're no longer printed on.