2020 News

2020 News

Avalanche Safety Courses Australia

Australian Ski Resorts 2020 – Covid19 Updates

Updated 10th July

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 lockdown of the Greater Melbourne region. 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 July 9th 
to Aug 19th
n/a yes yes 
 Mt Baw Baw  weekends only no yes yes
 Mt Buller  open   yes yes yes 
 Mt Hotham closed July 9th
to Aug 19th
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 not operating  n/a  n/a n/a 
* Dinner Plain is open for tobogganing 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. The all-resort season pass will not be available in 2020.

Mt Buller

Mt Buller will remain open. In addition to honouring season lift pass holders, Mt Buller has honoured Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective pass benefits. Oversnow taxi transport for overnight guests needs to be pre-booked and the intra-village shuttles may not operate. There is NO tobogganing in resort initially, and this will be reviewed after 13 July.

Hotham

Mt Hotham ski lifts are closed until at least the 19th August due to the increased restrictions in Victoria and the inability for guests from other states or the Greater Melbourne region to visit.

The resort remains open and the bus service between Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham will operate on a low season timetable. Cross country trails will be groomed. Tobogganing will operate pending snow conditions.

Falls Creek

Whilst the resort remains open, the Falls Creek Ski Resort lift operations are closed until at least 19th August. Cross country skiing trails will continue to be groomed.

Mt Baw Baw

Mt Baw Baw lifts and tobogganing are only open on weekends. Tobogganing has to be pre-booked along with resort entry.

Dinner Plain

Mt Hotham won’t be running the Dinner Plain ski slope this season (the slope will be used for tobogganing). As the Dinner Plain village does not require a resort entry pass, there are no restrictions for visitation (unless you're from a lockdown location).

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 be 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.