Australia’s ski fields have been given a massive boost with up to 135cm of snow falling in a four-day storm dubbed the #Blizzardofoz.
The dump has transformed the Australian Alps, which just two weeks ago was theadbare due to a slow winter storm cycle.
Storm chasers were out in force at Thredbo (pictured above and below), many waking at 3am for the six hour drive from Sydney just to ski the blizzard.
Harsh conditions with wind gusts occasionally above 100km/h sweeping the peaks didn’t deter the snow-starved skiers, deep fresh snow making it all worthwhile.
“I was here two weeks ago and you can’t believe the difference – this is as good as it gets in Australia,” said one skier who’d driven down from the Southern Highlands.
In the village it was semi-controlled chaos as the snow created traffic havoc on the narrow roads. Still, people were smiling – this kind of storm is a rare experience in the sunburnt country.