More than 15,000 snow lovers braved daytime ambient temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees to enjoy the best July falls for 20 years. Cover is almost 160cm across the two biggest ski fields in NSW and a combination of school holidays, sun and snow has seen holidaymakers flock to the alpine region.
Meanwhile, a highway tragedy on the road to the snow field created chaos. A collision between a truck and a sedan on the Monaro Highway yesterday afternoon left one young man dead and stranded thousands of motorists headed for the ski fields. NSW police closed both lanes of the highway at the height of the school holiday snow season backing up traffic for about 4km in both directions.
EMERGENCY: Ambulance and police crews attend the
Monaro Highway crash scene yesterday as cars headed
for the Snowy Mountains bank up
GRIDLOCK: School holiday motorists
were resigned to a long wait near Bredbo.
Photos: KARLEEN MINNEY
Photographs and reports courtesy of The Canberra Times Link = Not a snowflakes chance of keeping warm