Canberra's winter holiday wonderland is set for a "decent dump" of snow this week as a couple of cold fronts roll in heralding superb skiing conditions.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rob Taggart said the Snowy Mountains region could get half a metre of snow fall by the end of the week, setting things up nicely during the school holidays.
"The first front coming through on Thursday is only going to bring snow to the higher ski resorts; we're talking Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte's Pass, but not as low as Corin Forest at this stage," Mr Taggart said.
"A stronger cold front comes through on Saturday where snow levels are going to drop a fair bit lower."
Canberra is also likely to have a chilly week. The maximum temperature isn't expected to make it past 11 until Sunday, and there are a few mornings it's expected to dip below zero - including a particularly chilly -4 on Saturday.
Thredbo spokeswoman Caroline Brauer said a major storm was heading its way, bringing up to 70 centimeters of snow from Wednesday to Friday and 20 to 30 centimeters a day right into the weekend.
She said the resort had a lot of activities planned for those travelling to the slopes.
"We have a lot of things happening over the school holidays, we've got the Kids Snow Festival at the moment - a three-week long festival for families. There's face painting, music, a big giant rainbow on Thursday afternoons and a partnership with Aspen Snowmass where we've got free s'mores or roasted marshmallows around fire pits at Friday Flat," Ms Brauer said.
Temperatures are dropping at Thredbo over the next 24 hours and sub-zero temperatures are expected throughout the rest of the week.
A little closer to home, Corin Forest managing director Dane Liepins said although it had been a "challenging" season with limited natural snow and snow making opportunities, conditions would be close to optimum during the school holidays.
"Corin Forest has an excellent cover of snow thanks to our state of the art snow making technology," Mr Liepins said.
"We offer an amazing first time snow experience for families that encompasses tobogganing and snow play right through to learning how to ski and snowboard."
There's also a chance of snow in Jindabyne and Cooma on Saturday morning and the bureau expects snow in the Brindabellas including Mount Ginini and Mount Franklin Thursday through Saturday.
The high hills around Canberra such as Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain could even receive a light dusting or sleet.
"As these fronts come through it could be particularly windy about the alpine peaks with the potential for blizzard conditions," Mr Taggart said.