News ‘Blizzard of Oz’ turns slopes into winter wonderland

‘Blizzard of Oz’ turns slopes into winter wonderland

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Thousands have missed out on lift passes for Thredbo's 2020 season. Photo: Instagram: @_carlyt
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It’s been dubbed “the Blizzard of Oz”, and powder hounds could not be happier.

Australia’s ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains, in New South Wales, and Victoria’s Alpine National Park were covered with the white stuff today  after both reported the best falls of the season at the weekend.

More than 1.15 metres of snow has been dumped at Thredbo from Friday morning to 6am on Monday.

“It’s the best conditions of the season without a shadow of a doubt,” resort spokesperson Susie Diver said.

“The accommodation was absolutely chock-a-block. It’s absolutely stunning, so beautiful.

“It’s a light dry powder. I’ve never seen so many locals out on a Monday morning. Everyone I’ve spoken to says it’s amazing out there.”

The conditions made for spectacular photos, with holidaymakers snapping conditions more akin to Europe and Canada.

Victoria’s alpine areas were hit with blizzard conditions, with skiers being warned to prepare for winds of up to 80km/h.
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Snow at Mount Hotham this weekend. Photo: Instagram: @sarahwhite2017

At Mount Hotham, the falls were dubbed “The Blizzard of Oz”, with about 80 centimetres falling in the past 24 hours.

“There’s more coming today and overnight,” Larissa Kuzeff from the resort’s management board said.

“There’s amazing powder. I’m a bit sad that I’m not out there today. It’s fantastic conditions.

“It’s the Blizzard of Oz and it’s brought a lot of snow.

“It’s been the best skiing since 2004 up here at Hotham.”