The long wait for snow on the peaks of the Snowy Mountains came to an end on Sunday with meteorologists predicting perfect conditions for snow making and further falls this week.
Weatherzone meteorologist Max Gonzalez said around 20 centimetres of snow fell on the peaks of Thredbo on Sunday with another 15 centimetres falling at Thredbo.
Mr Gonzalez said both the Sewllyn Snowfields and Charlottes Pass recorded a good covering of snow with favourable snow making conditions in coming days.
“Temperatures dropped below freezing on the alps overnight which means the snow cannons could fire and add to the fresh snowfall,” he said on Monday.
The snowfall is expected to continue on Monday with Mr Gonzales predicting around 10 to 15 centimetres of fresh snow to fall on the resorts throughout the day.
“We'll also see a high pressure system moving across the Snowy Mountains in coming days bringing clear skies and low temperatures, which should keep overnight temperatures low and allow for further snowmaking,” he said.
“If you’re looking for an ideal time to visit the Alps then Tuesday and Wednesday mornings would be the best time.”
Perisher spokesman Richard Phillips said the weekend snowfall meant the resort could finally open runs for skiing and snowboarding.
“We got around 20 centimetres of snow on Saturday night which allowed us to open the V8 run on front valley for the first time this year,” he said.
“We’ve got snow showers at the moment and we’ve had good conditions for snow making in recent days so conditions are certainly improving on the mountain.”
Thredbo spokesman Luke Kneller said the snowfall was long overdue but definitely a good start to winter which had gotten the resort staff excited.
“There was close to 20 centimetres right up the top of the mountain,” he said. “We’ve still got no skiing or boarding yet but we’re pretty confident we’ll have the cruiser chair lift area open in a few days."
Temperatures at Thredbo did not come above zero degrees on Sunday, after a top of just 1.1 degree on Saturday. Perisher's top temperature on Sunday was 2.2 degrees, after a maximum of 3.2 degrees on Saturday.
National Parks and Catchments regional manager Brett McNamara said snow also fell on Mount Ginini and Mount Gingera in the Namadgi National Park on Sunday morning.
"This year's first snow of the season has come exactly one month later than last year's, but the wait has only made rangers more excited," he said.
"It is fantastic to see the tops of the Brindabellas covered in a light blanket of white once again, providing a stunning backdrop to the nation's capital.”
Mr McNamara said the snowfall highlighted how quickly conditions could change on the mountains and the importance of being prepared when venturing into Canberra’s hinterlands.
"A sudden change in weather may result in heavy rain, sleet or snow that could make some roads unpassable,” he said.
“While there are currently no road closures in place, I urge people to exercise caution on rural roads including Mount Franklin Road and Boboyan Road."
Mr Gonzalez there was a chance more snow could fall on the Alps next weekend with another high pressure system pushing through on late Thursday and Friday.