28 May 2020
In exciting news, Thredbo Resort have become the first to announce they intend to open the resort for skiing and snowboarding on 22nd June (snow conditions permitting of course). This much anticipated news is a positive step and can be seen as a reward for the efforts by all Australian’s to comply with social distancing regulations and flatten the curve (remember when that was ‘the’ phrase – seems like forever ago).
While the lifts will be turning, including of course the new Merritt’s Gondola, things will be a bit different in Thredbo to begin the season due to COVID-19. Here is a summary of what we currently know based on information provided by Thredbo:
- Lift tickets will limited to approx. 50% of normal capacity. All guests wishing to ski will need to pre-purchase day lift passes or multi-day passes prior to arrival.
- Season Pass holders will be offered the choice of a refund or credit for their pre-purchased passes and will be provided with access to discounted day passes.
- Social distancing measures will be implemented including 1.5m ‘ski tip to tail’ social distancing in lift queues and a limit of two per quad chair, two per gondola cabin and one per T-bar.
- Only private skiing and snowboarding lessons are able to be offered. Thredboland will be unable to open at the time of the season opening, but this will continue to be monitored as restrictions ease.
- Restaurants and bars will operate in alignment with Government restrictions as they continue to evolve.
Lift tickets will go on sale at 11.59pm on 10th June. So if you are looking to visit on a weekend or in school holidays, it may be advisable to stay up late and ensure you get your hands on your ticket before the allocations are exhausted.
Above is the official video from Thredbo. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Will you be skiing in 2020?
(Information correct at time of publishing, may be subject to change)
Update 10 June: Lift tickets are now on sale from midday 11 June at Thredbo.com.au