Oliver and Annabelle Carmody's first encounter with snow at the long weekend may have been the start of a life on the slopes.
Their father Matt learnt to ski long ago, but their old home in Sydney was too far from the mountains for him to pass on his skills.
After 18 months living in Canberra, he took the kids, aged 6 and 2 respectively, tobogganing at Corin Forest on Monday.
"It eases them into the scene," he said. "They thought it was fantastic."
This winter, he's looking at taking them to Thredbo or Mount Selwyn, and might sign them up for skiing lessons at Corin Forest.
Families used the Queen's Birthday long weekend to make their first turns on the slopes, as Thredbo reported a busy weekend and Corin Forest counted more than 2500 visitors across the three days.
Corin Forest managing director Dane Liepins said 200 kids learnt to ski there at the weekend. A snow machine guaranteed enough cover for the long weekend this year, he said.
The area had an average snow depth of 30cm on Monday.
"It's really incredible to see three generations of families, young children, their parents and grandparents, on the snow together," he said.
"It's a pretty amazing sight."
Thredbo opened a mix of terrains to skiers and snowboarders after good early-season snowfalls.
Fifteen centimetres of snow has fallen at Perisher in the last week.
NSW Police on Monday warned drivers of delays on Kosciuszko Road heading into Cooma and beyond as snow traffic left the snow fields, telling them to expect delays from Jindabyne to Bredbo.
A cold front brought rain to the ACT and Snowy Mountains on Monday, as gauges recorded about 2.6mm at Canberra Airport by 6pm. Falls were about 5mm at Tidbinbilla.
Perisher (33mm) and Thredbo (27mm) also had falls, most of which was probably rain, not snow, weather bureau meteorologist Katarina Kovacevic said.
Another cold front was forecast for Wednesday and Thursday this week, but promised only small amounts of snow in the Snowy Mountains, she said.