There's snow time like the present

It’s time to start thinking of the slopes. Travel Editor STEPHEN SCOURFIELD looks at what Australia has to offer

There’s no business like snow business. So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow … and give us West Aussies a big and different adventure, without going overseas.

Yes, I know we had a dusting of snow on Bluff Knoll in May, but a real snow trip is always chalk-and-cheese for us West Aussies, who’ve been busy trundling around beaches and red rock landscapes.

We might be proper skiers (and I’ll count everyone from black run to wobbly learner doing the splits and falling backwards, skis at 10-to-2.

We might be snowboarder, using surf skis on a white ocean).

Or we might just be looking to enjoy wandering around in a white wonderland, ski lifts up to high cafes, and a bit of the winter ski village lifestyle.

And there are options for all in Australia this year.

Right now, (in June) the country’s ski fields are open, or opening, for business.

Here’s what to look for and what to expect when you get there.

THREDBO, New South Wales

Six hours south of Sydney, Thredbo was due to open for the snow season on June 6. At this stage, it is planning to close in early October, so there’s plenty of time to get there.

It’s a decent ski mountain with some longer runs and ski-in/ski-out accommodation.

There’s a good village and après ski scene.

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