The implementation of stricter rules to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria has prompted the operator of the Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts to shut down operations indefinitely for the remainder of the year.
Vail Resorts previously suspended operations at the two resorts just two weeks after the season began, but with a tentative end date of at least after 19 August.
But the increased restrictions to Stage 4 in Melbourne and Stage 3 for regional Victoria prompted the decision not to plan a re-opening in the spring for skiiers and snowboarders.
"We made the decision to close Hotham and Falls Creek in early July to support the government's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritise the health of our employees, guests and community," says Vail Resorts Australia senior VP and COO Pete Brulisauer.
"It was certainly a difficult decision, which unfortunately has been reinforced by the worsening COVID-19 trends and the declaration of a State of Disaster in Victoria until 13 September.
"We are disappointed to mark the end of the season this way and extend our gratitude to our teams and the businesses in the local community who all worked incredibly hard to open this winter."
Guests who retained their 2020 Epic Australia Pass planning to ski and board late season at Hotham and Falls Creek, may apply for a refund under Epic Coverage by emailing [email protected].
"We also want to thank our loyal guests for their patience and understanding; we look forward to welcoming them back to our resorts for the 2021 season," says Brulisauer.
Meanwhile, Perisher will remain open and is unaffected by this decision, operating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.
Updated at 4:37pm AEST on 4 August 2020.
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