Grab your skis and strap on a snow jacket, Thredbo is officially opening its 2020 snow season. Come June 22, the slopes will reopening to skiers and snowboarders, offering up an opportunity to escape from the dull indoors and isolation blues. But before you clamber for your gear, you might want to rush to the phone to book your spot. Ski season 2020 is going to look a little different.
Here is everything we know about the Thredbo snow season 2020.
To stem the risk of a potential COVID-19 outbreak, Thredbo will be operating on a revised model that has been developed under advice from the NSW Health Department, along with State and Federal Governments. What this means for skiers and snowboarders is a lot less opportunity to snag a reservation.
“The wellbeing of our guests and our people is always our highest priority at Thredbo. We have worked hard with the relevant authorities to be able to open Thredbo this winter, which will look quite different to previous years,” Thredbo Resort general manager Stuart Diver says. “Our revised operating model is necessary for us to operate within the NSW Government’s social distancing restrictions and capacity restraints, to allow us to open.”
The revised model reduces daily capacity limits by up to 50 per cent on usual numbers. As a result, all guests will need to pre-purchase day lift passes or multi-day passes prior to arrival.
What Happens if You are a Season Pass Holder?
If you are a Season Pass holder, you’ll be offered the choice of a refund or credit for your pre-purchased passes and will be provided with access to discounted day passes. According to Thredbo, a portion of the daily inventory of tickets will be allocated to Season Pass holders at the discounted rate. Season Pass holders will also be given access to a program that offers a greater discount on the daily rate the more days that are purchased. If you are unsure what your next step is, don’t worry too much. Thredbo will be contacting all Season Pass holders by Thursday, June 4 in relation to their options.
Social Distancing Measures
Obviously, the major concern for the 2020 snow season is safety. Thredbo is responding by encouraging all guests to use contactless payments through MyThredbo cards across all Thredbo outlets. Additionally, all skiers will need to abide by the 1.5m ‘ski tip to tail’ method in lift queues and a limit of two per quad chair, two per gondola cabin and one per T-bar. This will inevitably ramp up the wait times for lifts, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself caught in a queue for quite some time.
“We would really appreciate if guests could exercise patience as we navigate through the season and play their part in respecting social distancing requirements,” Diver says. “We’ll be communicating all safety messages to our guests prior to arrival and remind guests they should not visit the resort if they are unwell.”
Group ski and snowboard lessons are out, meaning only private lesson will be held. On top of that, Thredboland will be unable to open on June 22, but may potentially open as the restrictions ease. If you are looking to get sauced and have a good meal, the restaurants and bars will continue to operate in alignment with the Government restrictions.
Thredbo 2020 Snow Season Opening
The June 22 start date for the Thredbo 2020 snow season is a welcome announcement for skiers and snowboarders alike. It marks a welcome resumption to some degree of travel normality, but we still have a long way to go.
“After such a challenging start to 2020 with the bushfires and now COVID-19, we are so pleased to open and we’re confident we will continue to deliver Australia’s best skiing and snowboarding this winter,” Diver reveals. “We will be opening our new Merritts Gondola, Australia’s only alpine gondola, as well as the enhanced ‘Dream Run’ experience with a new snowmaking system installed along with increased car parking.”
Thredbo’s revised product offering including day passes, private lessons, ski and snowboard rental and accommodation will be available for pre-purchase from 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 June.
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When will Thredbo 2020 Winter Season start?
The Thredbo 2020 Winter Season will officially open June 22, under heavy COVID-19 restrictions.
What if I have a Thredbo season pass?
If you are a season-pass holder, you'll be offered the choice of a refund or credit for your pre-purchased passes and will be provided with access to discounted day passes. Thredbo will be contacting all Season Pass holders by Thursday, June 4 in relation to your options.
Will Thredboland be opening in 2020?
Under the current regulations, Thredboland will be unable to open on June 22, but may potentially open as the restrictions ease.