SNOW! Falls Creek hits 163cm-record while Stanley is a picture-perfect postcard

SNOW has fallen in Stanley for the second time this year, with one resident describing the scene as a “picture postcard”.

The town was coated in about five centimetres of snow on Thursday night, providing new residents John and Rhonda Thexton with an unusual experience.

“It was a bit of a novelty for us,” Mr Thexton said from his Six Mile Road property.

“This is only the third week we’ve been here after moving from Croydon North.

“I sat back and took some photographs.

“We’ve got a dog who didn’t mind it at all, mainly because he was inside, but he enjoyed it when he went out.”

The snow had largely cleared at Stanley yesterday as warmer weather and sunshine came to the region.

“It was certainly very picturesque,” Mr Thexton said.

“It’s very pretty.

“We’ve seen snow falling before but this time it stayed on the ground until the morning.

“There’s still some coverage on the ground where it doesn’t get the sun.”

Mint conditions in the alps yesterday. At Falls Creek (above) the snow base reached 165 centimetres, breaking a 25-year record. Clear skies are forecast for the weekend.

Mint conditions in the alps yesterday. At Falls Creek (above) the snow base reached 165 centimetres, breaking a 25-year record. Clear skies are forecast for the weekend.

Ski operators at Falls Creek say the snowfall has been the best since 1990.

The mountain claimed the title as the first resort in Australia and New Zealand to reach 150 centimetres of snow on Thursday, with 163cm recorded by Saturday morning.

Mt Hotham has also exceeded 150 centimetres.

Falls Creek Ski Lift marketing manager Anthony O’Shea said the cold and rain had created good quality snow.

“There’s amazing snow all over the mountain,” he said.

“Very few people have experienced conditions as good as this at this time of year in the last 25 or 30 seasons.

“It’s the first season we’ve had 150 centimetres since 1990.”

Mr O’Shea said there was a buzz around the resort.

“We’re talking about this being the season for the record books,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the next snow will come next Thursday and Friday, but before then temperatures will rise.

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