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Ugh! Long Weekend Ski Lift Queues Stretched Halfway Up The Slope

The good news? There was great snow for opening weekend. The bad news?

Ummm, this.

And this, which is basically the same queue from the reverse view.

Yes, those were some mighty long queues for the Pretty Valley Double Chairlift at the popular NSW ski resort Perisher, which had its best opening weekend snow in years.

And to be fair, it was pretty nice up there on the hill once you'd fought your way through the queue.

Also, if you've got to be stuck anywhere in a queue, then Pretty Valley is the place. This reporter was there last year, and Paul and Narissa run a great cafe with world class hot choccies at the bottom of the chair.

Good music too #JustSayin

But it wasn't so bad across the rest of the resort -- not every one of the 20 lifts open at Perisher on the weekend had such long queues, according to locals. Indeed, massive lines like the one above were really just on a couple of key lifts at peak times of the day.

One thing that didn't help was when Perisher's new $4.2 million chairlift, the Leichhardt Quad, briefly broke down.

Skiers and boarders were forced to walk their way back to Perisher's main base area. The new chair is good to go again, according to the resort, although it is on hold today in wild, rainy conditions which have kept most snow riders off the hill.

Meanwhile Falls Creek in Victoria also had a busy weekend, as did other Victorian resorts.

And in Thredbo in NSW, it was also really nice out there on the slopes.

Unfortunately, this looks to be a really tough week for both the NSW and Victorian resorts, with warm air and rain set to erode much of the snow cover this week, in an unseasonably warm spell for June.