The Ski Season in Australia traditionally kicks off at the starting of June but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it has left all ski enthusiasts on wait. The good news is the NSW and Victoria governments have finally decided to ease the restrictions and officially begin the season from June 22 onwards. The Ski industry has been working consistently on planning and implementing a COVID-Safe plan which will ensure that the tourists get back on slopes safely. Here’s everything you need to now to about Australia’s Ski Season 2020 opening dates & bookings, hygiene and safety measures, resort details and more:
Opening Dates Of Australian Ski Resorts:
Mount Buller (Victoria) - June 22nd
Mount Hotham (Victoria) - June 24th
Falls Creek (Victoria) - June 24th
Thredbo (NSW) - June 22nd
Perisher (NSW) - June 24th
Mt Baw Baw (Victoria) - June 22
Charlotte Pass (NSW) - June 26
Selwyn Snowfields - Closed for the season
Skiing In Victoria
Mt Buller resort (3 hours drive away from Melbourne) has been working with the govt and health authorities to adapt the constraints of coronavirus while making sure that the reopening is aligned with the health and well-being of the staff and guests. The international staff of the resort won’t be working with them this year. A limited number of guests will be allowed to stay in while keeping social distancing, sanitation, and rigid cleaning in mind. While Victoria’s Falls Creek that falls under Vails Resorts is also following similar protocols for its reopening. Lastly, Mount Hotham will be maintaining a very limited level of winter operations to make sure they are well prepared to scale up for the end of June.
Skiing In NSW
NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro has been keen to see tourists back on the slopes again. Thredbo recently announced on twitter that the resort will function at its usual capacity, keeping regular hand sanitising and social distancing in mind. Only two people at a time will be allowed on the ski lift quad chair and only private ski lessons will be accessible for ski enthusiasts. While Perisher, on the other hand, has also taken the responsibility seriously to keep their staff, community, and tourists safe in this “NEW” environment. A pre-purchased pass/lift tickets will help visitors gain access to the resort.
Health and Safety Measures That You Can Expect From These Ski Resorts:
- Capping on the number of guests to adhere to social distancing
- All guests will be expected to pre-purchase lift passes before arrival
- Limited parking passes and daily resort entry
- Spaced lift lines with a protocol to keep 1.5m distance between each person
- Loading a maximum of 3 passengers per six-seater, two per quad chair, one per triple chair and one per T-bar
- Most resorts will be going cashless for contactless payment
- Indoor facilities such as Air Zone or Kids Creche will remain closed
- Strict hygiene protocols among staff and guest
- Increased cleaning procedures for resort facilities
Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Minding Personal Hygiene During This Ski Season:
While Ski resorts are doing their best to stay COVID-Safe, we as individuals should also treat this as a shared responsibility to keep each other safe and healthy. Begin with stocking up your hygiene product essentials to stay safe right from the beginning.
- Continue to practice social distancing at all costs
- Wash your hand or sanitize them as much as possible
- Refrain from renting ski equipment for hygiene reasons, rather make a good investment and buy your own
- Wear masks and gloves to protect yourself from getting infected
- Carry disposable wipes or disinfectant solutions in case you’re renting any equipment
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