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Two Australian Vail Resorts Are Remaining Closed For The Rest Of The Season Due To COVID-19


After suspending operations on July 9th at Hotham and Falls Creek resorts due to a resurgence of COVID-19 in the state of Victoria, Australia, Vail Resorts has made the decision to not fully reopen the mountains for the remaining 2020 Australian ski and snowboard season.

The Victorian government has decided to implement Stage 4 restrictions for the city of Melbourne and its greater metro area, as well as Stage 3 restrictions across the Victorian region. These restrictions limit how far citizens can travel from their homes, the activities that will be allowed, and the need for masks when in public. These local restrictions, combined with the closing of the Victorian/New South Wales border have all been factors in the decision to cease operations for the season.

“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 prioritize the health of our employees, guests, and community. 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,” said Pete Brulisauer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vail Resorts Australia. “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. 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.”

Perisher Resort, a third resort owned by Vail Resorts, will not be affected by the decision to keep the other two mountains closed. Perisher will continue to operate through the season in accordance with the COVID-19 restrictions of New South Wales.

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 claims@epicaustraliapass.com.au.

Photo: Mt Hotham Resort, Australia - Credit: Mt. Hotham

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