2020 News

2020 News

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Australian Ski Resorts 2020 – Covid19 Updates

Updated 2nd August

The status of the Australian ski resorts with respect to Covid 19 differs between the states, especially between Victoria and New South Wales. The Victorian ski resorts have been majorly impacted by the closure of state borders and the Stage 4 lockdown of the Greater Melbourne region and the Stage 3 restrictions being implemented on August 5th for regional Victoria. The NSW ski resorts are all open with the exception of Selwyn which sustained bushfire damage, and the other resorts can only operate with active capacity management in place. Lift passes are capped each day at the ski resorts, and social distancing is in place so the spacing in lift lines should be 1.5 metres, which is the tip to tail of skis as an indication. Chair lift loading is limited. For example, a quad chair will have a limit of 2 per chair, a triple chair will have a limit of 1, and there will be one person per T-bar. Families can ride together, and households at Perisher, but not non-family household at other resorts.

 Australian Ski Resorts Status
  Lifts Open?
 Do lift passes
need to be
pre-booked?
Does resort/park
entry need to
be pre-booked?
Are season
lift passes
 honoured?
 Dinner Plain  not operating* n/a  n/a  n/a 
 Falls Creek closed n/a yes n/a
 Mt Baw Baw  closed from Aug 5 no yes yes
 Mt Buller  closed from Aug 5   n/a yes yes 
 Mt Hotham closed  n/a  yes yes
 Charlotte Pass open  no   no yes
 Perisher open  yes  no yes
 Selwyn  not operating   n/a  n/a n/a
 Thredbo open  yes  no no 
 Ben Lomond  TBD  TBD TBD  TBD
 Mt Mawson when snow
conditions permit 
n/a  n/a n/a 
* Dinner Plain is open for tobogganing until Aug 5 but the ski lift is not operational

Some of the ski resorts are only offering private ski and snowboard lessons, and creche may be closed, although this is likely to evolve during the season. Food and beverage outlets will operate as per the state regulations.

Many of the Aussie ski resorts have a very strong ski lodge culture, and many lodges are applying the guidelines somewhat differently. Some lodges have indicated that they won’t open for the season due to shared bathrooms, shared kitchens and communal lounge areas, whilst other lodges have developed plans which caps visitors to a maximum of 20 per lodge.

Victorian Ski Resorts

The resorts are restricting numbers on the mountain, regardless of whether guests are skiing or not, by mandating that all visitors must pre-book car entry and by capping numbers. Even resort entry season pass holders have to elect which days they will visit.

Mt Buller

Mt Buller will remain open until August 4th when the Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria come into effect. 

Hotham

Mt Hotham ski lifts are closed due to the increased restrictions in Victoria.

The resort remains open and cross country trails will be groomed (pending snow conditions) until at least August 5th.

Falls Creek

Whilst the resort remains open until at least August 5th, the Falls Creek Ski Resort is closed. It is unclear whether cross country skiing trails will continue to be groomed.

Mt Baw Baw

Mt Baw Baw lifts and tobogganing will be closing from August 5th.

Dinner Plain

Mt Hotham won’t be running the Dinner Plain ski slope this season and the slope has been used for tobogganing and it's unclear whether this will continue past August 5th.

NSW Ski Resorts

All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a trip intention form, if you want to go backcountry skiing, cross country skiing or snow shoeing. 

Thredbo

Multi-day discounts on lift passes are no longer available. Season lift passes have been cancelled and refunded, but “season pass holders” can purchase discounted day tickets.

Perisher

The Skitube is running at reduced capacity to allow social distancing. Skitube tickets must be pre-purchased and it is not be possible to purchase a ticket on the day. Overnight visitors with luggage are required to travel during off-peak times.

Epic Pass holders will have full access to the lifts at some stage during the season, possibly after the 19th July. Prior to that, Epic Pass holders will need to pre-reserve their days and the ski resort will run at 50% capacity.