Good and bad news for Hotham, Falls and Epic Oz Pass

Some good news and bad news. First the bad news – Hotham and Falls opening date delayed to July 6 due to lack of snow cover.

But the good news is Epic Australia Pass stays on sale to 5 July – and refund date has been extended to then too.

If you came in late or otherwise missed it, Perisher opened today.

Skiing Hotham powder in the trees
Not quite like this yet © Toshi Pander / Hotham

Here’s the full details:

Sydney, Australia. 24 June 2020 — Vail Resorts announced today that Hotham and Falls Creek will delay the opening of ski lifts for the 2020 snow season until 6 July due to challenging early-season conditions. The delay is to ensure that Hotham and Falls Creek can open enough terrain to provide a safe experience in accordance with the COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan. Vail Resorts is offering full refunds on all lift, lesson and rental purchases that have been made for Hotham and Falls Creek for the period 24 June – 5 July.

In New South Wales, after over 20cm of natural snowfall and freezing temperatures providing ideal conditions for snowmaking, Perisher opened today for the 2020 snow season with three lifts open for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy their opening day turns.

Vail Resorts will keep the Epic Australia Pass on sale until 5 July and will also allow guests until this extended date to request a refund at epicaustraliapass.com.au. 2020 Epic Australia Pass, 2019-20 Epic Pass and 2019-20 Epic Military Pass holders will be advised shortly of the timing and process for pass access reservations for the period 6 to 12 July.

In alignment with physical distancing protocols, Vail Resorts will be carefully managing the number of skiers and snowboarders accessing Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek, based on the amount of terrain and lifts open. To enjoy the best possible snow experience and to guarantee resort access, guests who do not have a season pass will be required to pre-purchase their lift tickets, lessons and rentals online, in advance of their visit. Same-day lift ticket sales will not be available at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham. Tickets are available for purchase on the resort websites.