A “grim” image of what the conditions are currently like at a popular Australian ski resort has sparked a heated debate online.
The photo snapped this week at Mt Buller shows a group of skiers and snowboarders waiting in the mud at the bottom of a chairlift.
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“To anyone whinging about Perisher and its conditions … take a look at Mt Buller,” the caption read on the picture posted to a Snowy Mountains Facebook group.
Just three hours from Melbourne, Mt Buller is the most popular ski resort in Victoria, while Perisher in NSW is Australia’s largest ski resort.
The image quickly sparked a debate as to what expectations skiers and snowboarders should have when visiting the snow in Australia.
“I have seen it worse than this. Clearly, a lot of you people are newbies. Welcome to skiing. Every so often you get bad years,” one person said.
“No more whinging. Just go and ride whether it’s snow, grass or a mixture of both,” a second person added.
Kiwis, on the other hand, encouraged Aussies to ditch their snow season altogether and head across the ditch instead.
Meanwhile, a TikTok which has received more than 700,000 views revealed a very similar scene.
“I love a bit of grass and turf,” the video also taken at a Mt Buller chairlift was captioned.
The video shows a few skiers trudging through the mud to line up for a chairlift ride.
The video sparked a similar debate, with many calling the Australian snow scene a “rip off”.
“That’ll be $750 please,” one person joked.
“Don’t even bother,” a second said.
“I’ll never understand why people pay ludicrous amounts of money to do this. Even when there IS snow!” a third piped in.
A weekend ski lift pass at Mt Buller for an adult this August is $214 or $198 if you book at least a day in advance.
However, travellers are warned the cost of a snow trip can quickly add up with transport, accommodation and equipment rentals.
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