Perisher opened their snow season Thursday afternoon with the Village Eight chair running and keen skiers and snowboarders making first turns for the winter.
Mother Nature started her party a month ago with nice early season snowfalls but has been absence since, leaving the work to the Perisher snowmaking crew who have done a great job considering temperatures have not been super cold.
Thredbo will not have lifts running this opening weekend, so it will be left to the entertainment to keep their visitors entertained.
The village is always busy at Thredbo for the long weekend with free village concerts, poolside entertainment and the famous long lunch in the village square. Thredbo have their traditional fireworks on Saturday evening
Guests at Perisher can haver a slide on the Front Valley slope plus visit any of ten venues for constant music all weekend long at the Peak Festival.
Beginners can have use of the ski conveyor to allow them to start their snow season with Perisher snow instructors available for lessons all weekend long.
The rail rampage will keep the young guns busy as they slide and grind the rails in search of first glory for the winter competitions.
The Peak Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and although headline act Dan Sultan has pulled out at the last minute, there is a strong line up of musicians.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Perisher fireworks in Front Valley on Saturday evening