Thredbo 2020 ski season restrictions

snow action team 28.05.2020

Thredbo has announced the season will start from June 22. But with severe limitations from what we are all used too.

Key take-outs on mountain include

  • no season passes
  • no group lessons
  • no Thredboland for kids (may change)
  • only 2 people per quad chair
  • daily skier limits, all pre sold prior to arrival
Ringing the Karel's Bell sunrise at Thredbo
A few less people will get to ring the bell in 2020 © Thredbo

This is the outline of those from the resort:

“To enable the resort to open for skiing and snowboarding, Thredbo will be implementing a revised operating model that has been developed under the advice provided by the NSW Health Department and the State and Federal Governments. The revised model includes reduced daily capacity limits by up to 50% on usual capacity at this stage and the implementation of a range of social distancing and sanitisation measures.

On the mountain, daily capacity will be limited to enable the resort to open under the Government restrictions. As a result, all guests will need to pre-purchase day lift passes or multi-day passes prior to arrival. Season Pass holders will be offered the choice of a refund or credit for their pre-purchased passes and will be provided with access to discounted day passes*. Thredbo will be communicating with all Season Pass holders by Thursday 4 June in relation to their options. Throughout the season, guests will be encouraged to use contactless payment using MyThredbo cards across all Thredbo outlets.

Other measures include 1.5m ‘ski tip to tail’ social distancing in lift queues and a limit of two per quad chair, two per gondola cabin and one per T-bar. Given the limited capacity, it is expected that skiers and snowboarders will incur wait times similar to a normal season. In addition, only private skiing and snowboarding lessons are able to be offered. Thredboland will be unable to open at the time of the season opening, but this will continue to be monitored as restrictions ease. Restaurants and bars will operate in alignment with Government restrictions as they continue to evolve.

The resort has invested in best practice hygiene and sanitisation measures including installing sanitisation stations throughout the resort and has incorporated new procedures to effectively sanitise high use areas including chairlifts, gondola cabins and rental equipment. The resort has also enhanced its stringent approach to cleaning all resort facilities and venues.”

Queues will be more spaced out – tip to tail of your skis © Snow Action

This is the list of what won’t be open at Thredbo

We are still confirming all the finer details of operating our modified snow season but the following activities won’t be on offer when we initially open. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise guests if this changes.

  • Group lessons
  • Thredbo Leisure Centre
  • Thredboland and childcare services
  • Thredbo Seasonal Programs and race training
  • Terrain parks
  • NASTAR course
  • Guided Mountain Tours
  • Night skiing and Thursday night flare runs
  • School holidays activities
  • Events that bring together large groups of people

For accommodation and aprés-ski take outs include these

Full service hotels and self-contained accommodation are able to open. Guests are able to book accommodation at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel or the Thredbo Resort Centre.

All other lodging such as third party operators including lodges and hostels are required to develop their own plans in accordance with Government COVID-19 restrictions.

As you would expect, big events are off the agenda:

To enable us to comply with social distancing restrictions we are not planning for any events that will bring large groups of people together.

The Lantern Apartments enjoy the best views over Thredbo
The Lantern Apartments enjoy the best views over Thredbo – still there, and open! © Lantern Apartments