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COVID-19 | 2021 SEASON UPDATES

The tabs below will provide updates from Mt Hotham Skiing Company and Mt Hotham Resort Management on resort operations for the 2021 snow season.

SPRING SKIING IS ON!

8 September 2021

The Victorian Government has announced that the lockdown will lift in regional Victoria, and we are so happy to be able to welcome our regional guests back from Friday 10 September.

We are so excited to once again be getting back to doing what we love. Safety remains our highest priority and our teams will be working hard to gradually reopen the resort, operating in accordance with Government requirements.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing adjustments to restrictions and provide updates accordingly. For information on operating lifts, please visit our lift status report.

Please note;

  • Snowsports school will open for Private Lessons only from 10 September
  • Hotham Sports Rental Shop in Hotham Central will open from 8am – 5pm daily and Ray’s Ski Shop in Myrtleford will open from 7am – 7pm (9pm on Fridays) daily.
  • Hotham Central Ticket Office will be open from 8am – 4pm daily.
  • Check the Hotham app or our Lifts and Terrain page to see what lifts and terrain are available when planning your trip.
  • There will be reduced capacity for all indoor venues, including Hotham Central. See current food and beverage offerings here and please be prepared with alternative plans for shelter and breaks in the case of inclement weather days.

COVID SAFE REQUIREMENTS

Please help protect the remainder of our season by following the COVID SAFE rules when visiting the resort and adhering to the below government requirements;

  • All guests, including those from our local communities, must have had a COVID test within 72hrs before arriving in resort and be able to show proof of a negative result (children under 12 years do not need to be tested)
  • Masks are mandatory at all times, including indoor and outdoor areas
  • All premises within the resort must check the IDs of everyone they serve to ensure COVID safe operations. Please be prepared to provide identification.

When planning your trip, we advise you to buy lift tickets, lessons and rentals in advance and online to ensure a smooth arrival as capacity within indoor areas will be reduced.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The Victorian Government are regularly updating the travel restrictions and zoning classifications required to travel in Victoria. Before travelling to the resort please check for State updatesinterstate travel restrictions and changes to the NSW-VIC border bubble.

Additionally, guests must also follow State Government health orders and requirements from their home State as they apply to domestic travel restrictions. Please make sure to check domestic travel restrictions in your State when planning your trip and again before travelling.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

All lift tickets, lesson and rental reservations that occurred during the lockdown period will continue to be refunded as per our refunds and cancellations policy in the coming weeks. Our Guest Services team are working hard to process refunds. If you have been impacted by other travel restrictions find out more about our Refunds and Cancellation Policy below. We hope to see you again soon when travel is permitted.

 

Keeping our guests, communities and employees safe

We’re excited to welcome you back to Hotham this winter and want to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for you to enjoy your winter holiday. We ask that you please follow the advice below so that we can work together to protect our season.

 As the season continues we will ensure to keep you informed on any updates or changes in our operating plans.

 

Plan your winter holiday today!

Pre-purchasing your lift tickets, lessons and rentals online in advance will help you avoid the crowds, while saving time and money, leaving you with more time to spend on the slopes.

This season, peak season dates may sell out. We recommend booking your lift tickets and lessons online well in advance to secure the best prices and avoid disappointment.

BUY ONLINE

Bundle and Save More!

Don’t forget to take advantage of our bundles for the best deal on your snow holiday. Simply, buy early (at least 7 days ahead) and build your own bundle of lift tickets, lessons, and rentals to save up to 35%!

Secure your lesson now

We have a great range of Snowsports lessons available this season. We recommend booking early to secure your preferred dates as some lessons may sell out during peak periods. 

Epic Australia Pass Benefits

Epic Australia Pass holders have access to a great range of benefits to share with your family and friends.

We do not anticipate 2021 Epic Australia Pass holders will need to make reservations to ski or ride at Hotham this season. However, in the event the resorts need to manage capacity to allow for physical distancing, Vail Resorts may manage access through a reservation system that prioritises pass holders.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Hotham this winter!

 


2021 Winter Experience FAQs

What lift, lesson and rental products will be available for the 2021 snow season?
When will lift tickets, lessons and rentals be available to buy online?
Will there be limited access to lifts and lessons this season?
How can I book accommodation?
Will there be Terrain Parks this season?
Will there be winter events this season?

Epic Australia Pass

Will reservations be required for Epic Australia Pass holders?
How can I buy an Epic Australia Pass?
When will final balance payments be taken for my Epic Australia Pass?
Have more questions about Epic Australia Pass?
What if I’m over the age of 70, will there be a season pass offering for me?

Health and Safety

How are you protecting the health and safety of guests, employees and resort communities?
What will you do if there is a COVID-19 case detected in resort?

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

What is your cancellation policy for lift, lesson and rental products?
If the resort is forced to close as a result of COVID-19 do I get a refund?
If COVID-19 prevents me from travelling to Hotham do I get a refund?
Can I get a refund on our accommodation booking if the accommodation or the resort is closed or if we can’t come due to COVID-19?

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Update 20 September 2021

Changes to State Government restrictions in regional Victoria mean that lockdown restrictions now 'travel' with you. 
 
Although you may be able to enter the resort ahead of a lockdown being enacted in your destination of origin, lockdown restrictions will follow you.  
 
This means that, once in resort, guests will be in lockdown in their accommodation and can only leave the property for 6 reasons:
  • shopping for necessary goods and services

  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test

  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education

  • exercise (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent outdoors socialising in limited groups)

  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)

  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)

Please note that exercise does not include downhill skiing/snowboarding.

This currently applies to the Geelong, Surf Coast, Mitchell and Ballarat Local Government Areas.

Update 10 September 2021

Today the Victorian Government announced that restrictions in regional Victoria will be eased from 11:59pm Thursday 9th September. 

We're excited to confirm that this means that Mt Hotham will again be welcoming visitors from regional Victoria!

Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts is permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours, including children aged 12 years and over. Visitors must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into the resort, and to this end checkpoints will be in place at both approaches to the resort.

We are currently confirming further details about resort operations and will update this page as soon as we have this information.

Lifts

Lifts will be running from this Friday, 10 September.

COVID test checks

The RMB will be operating checkpoints at the Harrietville and Omeo approaches to the resort to check for COVID test results prior to entry.

Ski Patrol

Ski Patrol will be operating.

Medical services

The Medical Centre will recommence operations with a doctor on-site from Friday afternoon, complementing the nurse-led service that was in effect during lockdown.

Ambulance Victoria will continue to operate in-resort until the end of the season.

Village Bus

The Village bus will start running from Friday 10 September in a reduced capacity - more details will be provided when confirmed.

Snow play and tobogganing

We are unable to offer toboganning at the moment due to the conditions, but snow play is is available at Wire Plain.

Retail and Food & Beverage

Retail can open but with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres.

Food and beverage businesses can open for seated service only, with a maximum of 20 people outdoors and 10 indoors.

We will provide information when available about which businesses will be operating.

Accommodation

Accommodation can open for bookings from regional Victoria only. Bookings are only permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles.

COVID testing facilities

Alpine Health have expanded their testing facilities in Bright, Myrtleford and Mt Hotham to accommodate visitors to Alpine resorts. For more information visit their website: https://www.alpinehealth.org.au/covid-19/testing-clinics

General COVID-19 information

For further information about COVID-19, testing, vaccines, restrictions and more, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

 

General information for your visit

Do I have to check-in with a QR code at Mt Hotham?
Can I get a COVID test at Mt Hotham?
I have pre-purchased a day or multi-day resort entry permit, but now can't travel due to COVID-related travel restrictions. Can I get a refund?

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