Victorian ski season freezes over as Mt Hotham and Falls Creek resorts suspend operations

Victorian ski season freezes over as Mt Hotham and Falls Creek resorts suspend operations

COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and border closures to the State have forced the operator of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts to suspend operations, just over two weeks after the season commenced.

Vail Resorts, the company that operates ski-lifting operations at Falls Creek and Hotham Ski Resorts says it made the tough decision to close after assessing the new COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.

Ski-lifting operations at Falls Creek and Mt Hotham will be suspended effective today until at least 19 August, consistent with current Victorian stay at home directions.

Vail Resorts says it will continue to assess the situation and will follow state health authority guidelines in evaluating if it is advisable of feasible to reopen.

"We did not make this decision lightly as we know our employees, guests and the communities where we operate have already endured so much hardship this year," says Vail Resorts senior vice president and COO Pete Brulisauer.

"However, we are focused first and foremost on health and safety, following local health guidelines and doing our part to support efforts across Victoria to address the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

"We recognise this is incredibly disappointing to our guests and pass holders, including those who have made reservations at Hotham and Falls Creek this season. We thank them for their patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this incredibly challenging time."

Perisher, also operated by Vail Resorts, is unaffected by this decision and will remain open in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.

All reservations for lift tickets, ski and ride lessons and rental bookings will be cancelled and fully refunded. Guests will be contacted with information on processing refunds and have been asked by Vail Resorts to refrain from contacting the call centres at this time.

The news comes as Victoria has announced a $534 million support package, including a $40 million capped fund for regional tourism, in the wake of reimposed COVID-19 restrictions.

The package also includes $5,000 grants to businesses that have been forced to close due to COVID-19, and around 80,000 eligible businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million will be able to defer their payroll tax liabilities for the first half of FY21.

Updated at 1:06pm AEST on 10 July 2020.

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

Interest rates: To fix or not to fix?
Partner Content
Interest rates are on the move as evidenced by another rise issued by the Reserve Bank ...
WMS
Advertisement

Related Stories

Adore Beauty CEO Tennealle O’Shannessy tenders resignation

Adore Beauty CEO Tennealle O’Shannessy tenders resignation

Online cosmetics retailer Adore Beauty (ASX: ABY) CEO Tennealle O&r...

Mirvac fattens margins, loads up on emerging opportunities as profit hits $906m

Mirvac fattens margins, loads up on emerging opportunities as profit hits $906m

Mirvac Group (ASX: MGR) is beating the odds in the troubled residen...

GIC acquires half-stake in Charter Hall’s $1.5 billion 555 Collins Street tower

GIC acquires half-stake in Charter Hall’s $1.5 billion 555 Collins Street tower

Leading property investment management company Charter Hall has sol...

Flora & Fauna founder Julie Mathers acquires babywear brand Snuggle Hunny Kids

Flora & Fauna founder Julie Mathers acquires babywear brand Snuggle Hunny Kids

Julie Mathers, who sold her online retail business Flora & Faun...