Breaking: Australian ski resorts have given dates for thier reopening.
Thredbo in New South Wales has confirmed Monday June 22 as the start of the 2020 season.
Ski resort Perisher in New South Wales, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in Victoria will open up on Wednesday June 24.
Australia’s ski resorts have worked togther on “COVID-safe” operating rollouts working with state governments in rececent weeks.
Many of the resorts will be running at about 50% of normal and there are many different regulations including the need to keep people spaced in lift lines and chairlift limts.
Bars and restaturants at the ski resorts will be limited.
A ballot system will be in place for resorts as demand far outstrips supply for the 2020 winter season, despite the pandemic.
In a press release released today, Thredbo stated:
“To enable the resort to open for skiing and snowboarding, Thredbo will be implementing a revised operating model that has been developed under the advice provided by the NSWHealth Department and the State and Federal Governments. The revised model includes reduced daily capacity limits by up to 50% on usual capacity at this stage and the implementation of a range of social distancing and sanitisation measures.”
“The resort has invested in best practice hygiene and sanitisation measures including installing sanitisation stations throughout the resort and has incorporated new procedures to effectively sanitise high use areas including chairlifts, gondola cabins and rental equipment.”
Thredbo Resort General Manager Stuart Diver said of the new measures, “The wellbeing of our guests and our people is always our highest priority at Thredbo. We have worked hard with the relevant authorities to be able to open Thredbo this winter, which will look quite different to previous years. Our revised operating model is necessary for us to operate within the NSW Government’s social distancing restrictions and capacity restraints, to allow us to open.
“We would really appreciate if guests could exercise patience as we navigate through the season and play their part in respecting social distancing requirements. We’ll be communicating all safety messages to our guests prior to arrival and remind guests they should not visit the resort if they are unwell.”
Ryan is Contributing Editor