Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
An unusual year means an unusual (but open) snow season
Australians love the snow season! It gives many of us the chance to get into the great outdoors to play or compete. And, although Australia's snow season will look quite different in 2020, it has been given the go-ahead with some restrictions.
Australian's love the snow! And 2020's snow season will be going ahead, albeit with some restrictions
Thredbo in New South Wales and Mount Buller in Victoria will be the first to open on 22 June 2020. This will be followed by Falls Creek and Mount Hotham in Victoria, and Perisher in New South Wales on the 24 June, and Chalotte Pass in New South Wales on the 25 June. Mount Selwyn, which was badly damaged during the 2019 / 2020 bushfires has announced that it won't be opening for the 2020 season.
Although there may be less people on the slopes, don't let the 2020 season get away from you
Despite the opening of these ski resorts, far less people are likely to be on the slopes this year due to social distancing guidelines.
These will include:
People will be required to maintain 1.5m between them while waiting for lifts
People may ride the lifts with family or other people they live with - otherwise they will have to ride alone
Resort entry and lift tickets will need to be pre-purchased online
Lodges and restaurants will each need to restrict the number of guests they have according to their CovidSafe plans
The range of services offered by resorts may vary as international instructors are unlikely to work in Australia during the 2020 snow season
Other restrictions that will support social distancing include the hiring of snow gear. Helmets and snow clothing are unlikely to be available for hire unless resorts can guarantee that they have safe practices in place for this. Similarly, group lessons are unlikely to be available, although private lessons will be.
Accommodation will also be affected, in particular, accommodation that uses shared bathrooms or kitchens is unlikely to be available during the 2020 season. Restaurants and cafes are also likely to need to cap the number of people who are able to enter at any one time.
Despite these restrictions, the fact that the Australian snow season will be going ahead in 2020 is a reason for many of us to smile, and booking early may help to ease the impact of restrictions during this unusual season.