lol @ Rachel
It is highly variable, and since Australian mountains are a bit old, they ar a bit more flat ;p lots of short runs.
There is of course a lower risk of Avalanche, and we do not tend to get the massive falls that you get in the US. Also our snow can be a bit wet (but not always) and ice can occur quite a bit, lots of dust on crust
Our resort season tends to be shorter as well.
That said, we are a bit lucky here as Back country touring is not as popular yet and it is much safer (if you are just day tripping like us, although of course you still need to prepare for the worst) so we can get out any about and still experiance the awesomeness that is just you a friend or two and some nice untracked snow.
Unforutnatly dogs are not allowed in our national parks, so you can't take your dog skiing
Also we have snowgums which are really really pretty in winter, I have some picas here http://altheau.deviantart.com/gallery/
but they do not do it justice, I hope to get a new camera soon so I can take some much nicer picas this year =]
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