Vail Resorts announced today that Hotham and Falls Creek will delay the opening of ski lifts for the 2020 snow season until 6 July due to challenging early-season conditions.
The delay is to ensure that Hotham and Falls Creek can open enough terrain to provide a safe experience in accordance with the COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan.
Vail Resorts is offering full refunds on all lift, lesson and rental purchases that have been made for Hotham and Falls Creek for the period 24 June – 5 July.
In New South Wales, Perisher have opened today for the 2020 season with their Village 8 Express and 2 ski carpets running on Front Valley.
Perisher have received 20cm of natural snowfall in the past 7 days, plus cold nights have allowed the snowmaking team to make snow.
The Front Valley slope looked in good condition today.
Epic Australia Pass
Epic Australia Pass stays on sale until 5 July
Refund requests extended to July 5 for Epic Australia Pass holders
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Reservations for Season Pass Holders
Period 6 to 12 July.
2020 Epic Australia Pass, 2019-20 Epic Pass and 2019-20 Epic Military Pass holders will be advised shortly of the timing and process for pass access reservations for the period 6 to 12 July.
(Season Pass Guests trying to purchase tickets this week for the first release of tickets have experienced website delays.)
In alignment with physical distancing protocols, Vail Resorts will be carefully managing the number of skiers and snowboarders accessing Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek, based on the amount of terrain and lifts open.
Pre-Purchase All Tickets
To guarantee resort access, guests who do not have a season pass will be required to pre-purchase their lift tickets, lessons and rentals online, in advance of their visit.
Same-day lift ticket sales will not be available at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham.
Tickets are available for purchase on the resort websites here at these links.
The best procedure this winter is to ensure you have purchased your tickets before you lock in accommodation.
Ticket capacity has been limited due to restrictions around COVID-19.
Photo of Perisher’s Front Valley slope on opening day, June 24. Photo: Perisher Facebook