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Australian Ski Resort Sells Out of Lift Tickets for Much of Season, Bans Snowballing

In the constantly evolving story of Australia’s soon-to-start 2020 ski season, Thredbo, which was reported to be struggling to cope with demand when it put lift tickets on sale a week ago, now reports that its, “first release lift passes have now sold out until 30 August 2020” – that’s about a month before the scheduled end of the ski season.

Falls Creek 1st June 2020

It’s believed that Australian resorts are limiting capacity to about half the normal maximum in order to adhere to social-distancing and other pandemic-spread-prevention measures.  It’s also been reported list ticket prices have increased by 20% at some resorts as they attempt to mitigate the financial loss from having fewer skiers whilst requiring more staff.

“As Government restrictions ease and snow conditions improve, we’re hoping we’ll be able to release more passes soon,” a Thredbo statement reads.

Thredbo, along with Mt Buller and Mt Baw Baw are scheduled to open for the season this Monday, June 22nd, with Perisher, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek aiming to open on Wednesday the 24th.  Selwyn Snowfields will be closed all season due to bush fire damage earlier in the year.

Some resorts have warned that limited terrain availability in the early season will be as big a factor as COVID-19 restrictions initially.

Mt Buller 14 June 2020

In a separate report in the Australian Telegraph, the newspaper reports that Thredbo are being forced to ‘ban snowballing’ and other ‘snow fun’ activities that might encourage an inadvertent failure to adhere to the country’s 1.5 metre social-distancing rules this season.

  1. Baz

    21st June 2020 7:00 pm

    And the COVID mass hysteria continues. You’d have to wonder when it’ll ease off a little. The way people have hyped this disease up you’d think it was airborn Ebola. It’ll be really interesting to see how the Bazillian experiment ends up doing. The keep calm and carry on approach being the method of choice there. From the data available you’d have to think it may not be a bad idea really. Brazil is a country with big population (over 200 mill), and very dense population areas, so you’d have to think there’ll be good transmission. And its first case was only about 4 weeks after that of the UK. That being the case it really doesn’t seem like they’re going any worse than the UK did with our lockdown approach. They mayeven be going better than the UK since we hit 1000+ a day dying as well. And yet without a lockdown Brazil seems to be no worse off with 4 times the population and certainly less medical help for the majority. Go figure that out and think about it before you vote for the people that brought you the worst recession in history….

    • Virginia Allen

      22nd June 2020 9:37 pm

      Absolutely agreed!!! Could not have said that better if I tried hard, thank you for your post, this thing is a total farce and the fear im experiencing is about who is in control of our country and freedoms!!!

  2. brent amsbury

    21st June 2020 8:25 pm

    Brazil did put in restriction measures and due to poor compliance by supporters of Bolsonaro (Tropical Trump) their infection rate is second to the United States. Their country’s economy will contract at least by 4.7 % this year, if not more, and their healthcare system is collapsing. Their indigenous population is being decimated and some are saying even exterminated. Australia and New Zealand put in strong measures and have continued their their message of strong compliance so their reward will be an economy that will bounce back and have something to look forward to. It already shows in their ability to sell out ski lifts tickets even at prices 20% above the previous rate.

  3. Da

    24th June 2020 7:29 pm

    Fat old people need to stay away from ski resorts and let young healthy people have at it.

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