Quite amazingly given the circumstances with Melbourne in Stage 3 lockdown, Buller and Baw Baw, have remained open with lifts turning.
The latest news of Level 4 restrictions for Melbourne from tonight and Level 3 for the rest of regional Victoria formerly unrestricted surely means the end for lift-accessed skiing for Victorians.
Only those living there will be able to access the mountains for AT/XC/splitboarding/bootpacking earn your turns either – as long as that falls within the “excercise or outdoor recreation” definition of the Stage 3 rules as detailed below.
There has been no official announcement yet, but that must surely be only a matter of time.
It’s a turn of events made harder to bear by the relatively successful containment and isolation of the 4 active COVID-19 cases in Mansfield Shire surrounding Buller.
But given the situation in Victoria it has been almost certain to happen.
These are the Stage 3 restriction details in effect from 11:59PM on Wednesday August 5th –
Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire will move to Stage 3 restrictions
This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:
- For food and essential supplies
- For study or work
- For care and healthcare
- And for exercise or outdoor recreation
When outside your home, you must wear a face covering.
No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public.
For latest go to COVID details on Vic Govt site
So not much scope for skiing in that.
Just when some natural snowfall was on the way at last. Murphy’s Law comes into play.
It’s small solace, but losing this snow drought season is surely better than losing a mega snow season – as is happening right now across the Southern Hemisphere in Chile (with 100% ski resort closure) and Argentina (with only 4 of 30 resorts open and those only for locals), despite the best snow in decades. NZ and Lesotho are the two countries bucking the COVID closure trend, and NSW .. so far!
Thanks for hanging in as long as you could Buller and Baw Baw! And shout out to all our friends with businesses and jobs up there, the Aussie snow industry joins tourism and hospitality as among those worst affected.
Roll on 2021 ..