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A big dumping of snow at the beginning of winter set the scene for what many are predicting could be New South Wales' biggest ever ski season.

Places are booked out, the snow is excellent, and people are paying more than ever for their winter adventure.

Domestic tourism has grown in recent years due to the pandemic. But at the same time a vital source of manpower -- overseas backpackers -- has been lost.

Brumby Bar & Grill co-owner Patricia Borthwick-Higgs has had to reduce the number of patrons in the pub because she doesn't have the staff to serve them. Picture: Tom Melville

Brumby Bar & Grill co-owner Patricia Borthwick-Higgs has had to reduce the number of patrons in the pub because she doesn't have the staff to serve them. Picture: Tom Melville

Bar-tenders, chefs, cleaners, ski instructors -- across the board businesses are finding it impossible to fill vacancies.

Border closures are part of the problem but Jindabyne is also facing a housing crisis years in the making.

How can you run a tourism business when your staff have nowhere to live?

I've spent years building up my business based on quality and consistency. I think that's what's exhausting me and hurting me at the moment, it worries me that I can't deliver.

Wendy Hukins

Businesses were also impacted by the recent lockdown, losing thousands of customers over one of their busiest periods. But it only feels like the eye of the storm, as businesses brace for the rush to come.

We speak to local businesses facing the compounding effects of staff shortages, and distressing snap lockdowns.

Wendy Hukins says she'll employ anyone for her hotel cleaning business, that's how desparate she is for staff. Picture: Tom Melville

Wendy Hukins says she'll employ anyone for her hotel cleaning business, that's how desparate she is for staff. Picture: Tom Melville

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This story Jobs abound in snow country, so why isn't anyone applying? first appeared on Newcastle Herald.