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Looking to Australia for Insight into the 2020-21 Ski Season

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

With the first of the North American season pass sales deadlines approaching and the Australian season kicking off, we will be closely monitoring operations in the land down under to understand how a COVID-19 impacted season could unfold in North America this Winter.

Early observations in Australia provide a glimpse into what the North America ski season may look like

Vail Resorts owns three of the larger resorts in Australia including Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham. These resorts are set to open on June 24. Here are the key changes for this season:

1) Resorts plan to open at 50% of normal capacity

2) Reservations for season pass holders will be required initially and booking early is strongly encouraged

3) Advance purchase of lift tickets will be required without a season pass. They will hold 10% of visits for walk-ups

4) Lift capacity will be reduced and only riders within the same household can share a lift

5 Lessons and activities will be limited

6) Food and beverage will be takeaway only with limited indoor seating

These changes seem sensible and give us hope that the North American season can open with similar restrictions!

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