THE 2020 snow season has certainly endured a slow start which has affected how Perisher had planned their season pass strategy.

Today Vail Resorts announced that season pass holders will need to register for tickets for the period of 13-19 July.

Originally they had planned that from July 12 season pass holders would have full access to the resort, but will minimal natural snow falling and only the snowmaking areas open, they have limited terrain open at present. The future snow fall up until July 19 also does not look overly promising at this stage.

Weekend season pass holders will also have to register for their tickets until further notice.

Followers of Perisher social media would also have noted the angst for guests having to register for tickets previously, with the website crashing and people being unable to book their preferred days. Should season pass holders be having a rethink on their season, they can still opt out of their season pass if it has not been used this season.

Until Sunday 12 July 2020, Vail Resorts is also offering a refund to any Epic Australia passholder who has not used their pass by that date and does not wish to continue with the purchase.

“It’s been a very challenging start to the 2020 snow season. Very low snowfalls and limited opportunities for snowmaking have resulted in the lowest number of lifts operating in our resorts at the start of July in over 20 years,” says Pete Brulisauer, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Australia and Perisher.

“We previously announced that reservations would be required for pass holders from opening day until 12 July, or as soon as weather and available terrain and lifts permitted. Unfortunately, due to the poor snow conditions, we need to keep the reservations system in place during peak periods until we can open more lifts and facilities to provide physical distancing and satisfy expectations for COVID safe operations.”

A view to Mt Perisher on July 4.

In the announcement Vail Resorts stated.

Due to continued low snowfall and less than normal availability of lifts and terrain at Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek, Vail Resorts announced today that access reservations for pass holders will be extended for the period 13-19 July until the resorts have sufficient lifts and trails open to ensure physical distancing for unreserved access during peak periods.

Pass holder reservations will also be required for weekend access until further notice.

The Epic Australia Pass will remain on sale until Sunday 12 July 2020 for $889 for Adults, $499 for Students and $685 for Seniors.

Pass holders are reminded that reservation availability is not guaranteed as the resorts are operating at approximately 50% of normal capacity due to COVID-19 capacity constraints and limited snow cover.

Pass holder reservations for the period 13 to 19 July will occur from 7 to 9 July 2020 and pass holders will be informed of when reservations will open for the following weekends. Guests with a 2019-20 Epic Pass or 2019-20 Epic Military Pass will also be required to make reservations to access the resorts during these peak periods.

Guests who purchased a 2020 Epic Australia Pass, who have not used the pass, and do not wish to proceed with their pass purchase, may obtain a refund by making a request no later than Sunday 12 July. After the 12 July refund deadline, the 2020 Epic Australia Pass is non-refundable except as provided for under Epic Coverage and under Australian Consumer Law.

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In order to manage capacity under our COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan, Bring-A-Mate tickets are not included with the 2020 Epic Australia Pass benefits.
Additionally, the Epic Australia Pass Skitube add-on is not available.
A full list of updated benefits are here. Guests who have purchased a 2020 Epic Australia Pass are encouraged to review these updated benefits carefully to ensure they understand the changes.

Following recent snowfalls Hotham and Falls Creek will open their mountain operations on Monday 6 July. Hotham will open with six lifts including Road Runner, Big D, Audi Quattro, Summit and Summit Trainer. Falls Creek will open seven lifts including Halley’s Comet, Drovers Dream and Towers.