Busiest weekend of the year

A familiar sight in Cooma during the winter school holidays with plenty of traffic coming through on their way to the snow.

A familiar sight in Cooma during the winter school holidays with plenty of traffic coming through on their way to the snow.

Cooma has experienced its busiest weekend yet as many tourists stopped and passed through on their way to the snow.

Local businesses noticed the boom, with many local accommodation sites booking out for the weekend.

Tourism Manager at Cooma Visitor Centre, Donna Smith, explained how local accommodation filled up quickly.

"From what I've heard it was a trouble to get people into accommodation this week because everything was booked out," she said.

"I would assume based on heavy facts that the rest of the region was booked out as Cooma obviously gets the overflow of people from Perisher, Jindabyne and Berridale."

Susan Drent from Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park noticed the increased number of tourists with people ringing up last minute looking for accommodation.

"We've got nothing available for the coming weekend either and very little available during the week," Ms Drent said.

"A lot of families over the school holidays and the weekend have been ringing to find last minute accommodation, but we're just flat out."

Sunday was said to be the busiest day with the combination of good weather conditions bringing people out as well as a change over of the school holidays.

"ACT and NSW school holidays have overlapped this week, making a big impact on our snow slopes and the surrounding region," Ms Smith said.

"It's safe to say it's been our busiest weekend of the year"

Manager of local Cafe 40, JJ Hassall, noticed that the traffic was considerably different this weekend with a heavier flow of tourist.

"It was a busy weekend with many more people in town and it's just what the town needs," Mr Hassall said.

With NSW school holidays continuing this week and good snowfall expected this weekend, Cooma can expect another busy weekend with plenty of visitors.

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