Jarrod* lives Jindabyne, working for a ski resort to run a busy lift and snowboarding in his time off work.
He's also a drug dealer, although he doesn't necessarily agree with that characterisation.
"I just sell to my roommates and their friends, it's nothing really," he told TheSydney Morning Herald, only agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity.
He claims to be one of the numerous seasonal workers employed at Australia's ski resorts who sell drugs - largely MDMA and marijuana, although ice and cocaine are also prevalent - to their co-workers who run the mountain's heavy-duty lift equipment, teach children to ski or transport guests.
"I don't really think about it," he said when asked if operating heavy machinery or controlling beginners on the slopes the morning after taking drugs poses a safety risk.
Jarrod's supply, which he says is a maximum of about 15 pills at a time, is couriered to him by friends visiting from his hometown.
"They buy it in town for me, then bring it up when they come to shred for the weekend.
"I never get bigger quantities - it's not worth the risk, but also I have heaps of friends who come for a weekend so there's a good supply coming in."
Drugs also arrive at the ski fields via the post, truck drivers and the nearby Cooma Airport, delivered to the state's winter playground from Sydney, Canberra and other locations.
The Australian Border Force and the ACT Police this week seized a record-breaking 384 kilograms of cocaine hidden in an excavator at rural Bungendore that they allege arrived from South Africa via Port Kembla - some of which investigators say was potentially bound for the Australian Alps.
"With such a large seizure some of it was clearly destined for other parts of the NSW district, perhaps the snow given it's ski season," said ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Ray Johnson.
The record-breaking bust demonstrates the keen eye that police keep on the snow fields as hundreds of thousands of visitors descend each year.
Ten officers are seconded from across the state to work on the snow for the season, and two seasonal stations - one at Thredbo and the other at Perisher Valley - open for its duration.
The Jindabyne police station also extends its opening hours to make officers available around the clock between the June and October long weekends.
Statistics obtained from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows that the Snowy Monaro local government area, which takes in Jindabyne, Cooma and some of the Kosciuszko National Park, experienced a significant rise in drug possession and use arrests during last year's ski season.
Police recorded seven incidents in cocaine possession and use during the ski season last year, and none at any other time of the year.
They buy it in town for me, then bring it up when they come to shred for the weekend.Anonymous drug dealer
Similarly, there were 30 marijuana possession and use incidents in the winter months compared to 18 in the off season and 10 ecstasy possession/use incidents during the ski season compared to zero for the rest of the year.
Jarrod says that the police presence doesn't deter him or the other small-time dealers living and working in the mountains.
"There are a lot of people in the same situation as me, you'd be really unlucky," he said, adding that he never sells to "punters" or holidaymakers.
The financial benefits are also clear.
Monopolised - and pricey - accommodation for ski-resort employees, a hard-partying culture and the high cost of living in a holiday town mean that a lift operator's wage doesn't go far, Jarrod said.
"I make a little bit - $5 or $10, depending - on each cap," he admitted.
"People are willing to pay more up here because there's a shortage. It's like how stuff costs more at the supermarket or how a coffee on the hill is like $6 instead of $4. Supply and demand."
- SMH/The Age