COVID-19 makes Australian skiing even more expensive in 2020

Thredbo has become the first Australian ski resort to reveal its pricing for season 2020, increasing the cost of a daily lift ticket by 20 per cent to $159 a day.

Sounds outrageous at a time of hardship and unemployment for many, however the steep price hike is no doubt down to the fact that Thredbo, like all Australian ski resorts, will have to limit the number of guests it allows onto the mountain this year, although there’s no clarity on what that number will be.

There are also no discounts for multi-day passes or  seasonality.

“To enable the resort to open for skiing and snowboarding, we will be rolling out a revised operating model that has been developed under the advice provided by the NSW Health Department and the State and Federal Governments,” GM Stuart Diver said.

There’ll be a limit of two people per quad chair, one at a time on t-bar (nightmare), tip-to-tail queuing , 1.5m social distancing and no group lessons.  All bookings must be made in advance.

Thredbo will be open to skiing and boarding from June 22.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson at nearby Perisher said: “Our teams are busy updating the range of products and services that we will have available. Tickets, lessons and rentals will be available for purchase by June 15 with skiing and boarding to start on June 24.”

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