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Snow in Australia?

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by , 1st August 2011 at 01:31 PM (1058 Views)
If I had met someone in the mountains of Austria, Switzerland, or even Canada - or any other places well known for their snow - when I asked them where they learnt to ski / snowboard, had they told me "Australia", I would have laughed in their face. Before I came here, I thought of Australia as that place on those aussie shows, where the sun shone 24/7..

This weekend gone, I finally made it to the aussie ski slopes.. "dont expect much" I was told.. Granted, I knew New Zealand is famous for its snow, but for some reason I just expected Australia to be hot and sunny all year round. (turns out places are, Darwin eg is 30C even in winter)

According to Wikipedia...
"Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The summit, at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, …"
"Thredbo is an Australian ski resort set within Kosciuszko National Park in NSW and was modelled on a European skiing town. Thredbo is a town with lodges, shopping and nightlife. Thredbo has 14 lifts (3 hi-speed quads, 1 quad, 5 t-bars, 3 double chairs and 2 snowrunners). It has the steepest overall terrain of any ski resort in mainland Australia and also the highest lifted point (2037m). Mount Kosciuszko is a mountain located in the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park. With a height of 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Australia"
Its not a cheap sport in this country at all, $70 for the hire of the snowboard and boots for a day (about 50 quid) and it was $107 for the lift pass for the day..

Anyway, only posting this as a reminder to myself to get back down the snow as much as possible...



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