Mixed Picture for Australian Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts in Victoria are set to welcome back skiers and snowboarders but Covid-19 travel restrictions remain in New South Wales. NEW

Mt Hotham, Mt Buller, Falls Creek and other ski areas in Victoria report surging interest in people wanting to get back on the slopes after travel restrictions were lifted.

People from Melbourne can now visit the ski resorts.

Travel to the resorts is permitted provided visitors and workers have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours.

There is currently good snow conditions in Mt Buller and 1.2m of snow has fallen during the lockdown.

Resort staff are now digging out ski lifts and other facilities.

People will need to wear masks inside and outdoors.

Households can only travel within the state in their family unit, and visitors to homes are still not allowed.

Public gatherings are permitted with a maximum of 10 people.

Mt Buller

Mt Buller, Image © PlanetSKI

In New South Wales the resorts will not be seeing visitors from nearby Sydney as the lockdown has been extended for another 4-weeks as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

The state Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said it was not possible for the city to exit lockdown on Friday as had been planned.

But experts warn that restrictions in Sydney could last until September or even later.

It is a blow to the main ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher that are heavily dependent on people visiting from Sydney.

More than 2,500 people have been infected in Sydney’s worst outbreak in 2021.

In New South Wales there were 177 new cases on Wednesday, the most in a day since March 2020.

Thredbo, Australia

Thredbo, Australia. Image © PlanetSKI


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