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Keeping you, our employees and communities safe

Skiing and snowboarding at Perisher will be different this season, but we feel confident we’ll provide a great guest experience. If we see further easing of physical distancing rules, we will adjust our operations to expand services while continuing to prioritise safety. Thank you again for your patience as our season plans evolve in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on operations.

The health and safety of our guests, employees and communities is our top priority. COVID-19 presents us with an unprecedented situation, and we want to share our enhanced safety protocols with you.

In accordance with government guidance, current restrictions and the latest safety advice, we have implemented the following measures that will help ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff.

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WHAT TO EXPECT:

To provide a safe experience for everyone, all skiers and snowboarders are requested to: 

  • WEAR FACE COVERINGS: All Perisher guests and employees will be required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises including at The Station, including but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding. Guests are kindly requested to supply their own face covering. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

  • PRE-PURCHASE LIFT TICKETS, LESSONS & SKITUBE: Due to resort capacity limits, guests must pre-purchase lift tickets, lessons and Skitube online well in advance. Same-day lift ticket sales are not available. 

  • MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING: Guests are requested to maintain 1.5m physical distance from other people at all times in the resort. Guests who live together will be allowed to ride lifts together while others will need to physically distance. Guests will be requested to refrain from congregating in large groups.
    We will be limiting the number of people in rental, retail and ticket outlets as well as using signage to indicate safe distancing indoors. All our premises will be cashless this season.

  • DOWNLOAD THE RESORT APP: Stay informed with the most up-to-date resort information.
    Click here to download. 

  • FOOD & BEVERAGE: Food and beverage operations and indoor seating will be limited. We encourage you to pack your own snacks and lunch.

  • NO TOBOGGANING & SNOW PLAY: Following NPWS advice tobogganing and snow play is not permitted. The Toboggan Slope and Tube Town will be closed for the season.

  • STAY HOME IF UNWELL: Please stay home if you are sick or are considered high risk. Do not visit the resort. We have very flexible cancellation policies for COVID-19.

  • RESPECT THE RULES: You may respectfully be asked to leave the resort if you do not follow all hygiene, face-covering and physical distancing guidelines.

  • DOWNLOAD THE COVID-SAFE APP: Click here to download.

 

FACE COVERING REQUIRED:

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  1. In order to improve safety for our employees, guests and mountain communities, all Perisher guests and employees will be required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises.

  2. Wearing a face covering is required by all guests and employees on Perisher premises including at The Station, but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding. Guests are kindly requested to supply their own face covering.

  3. An appropriate face covering can include a neck buff, balaclava, facemask or similar and should fit closely around mouth and nose and allow for breathing without restriction.
MANDATORY PRE-PURCHASING:
  • We will be carefully managing the number of skiers and snowboarders able to enjoy the resort daily, based on the amount of terrain and lifts open to achieve physical distancing. To enjoy the best possible snow experience and to guarantee resort access, guests will be required to pre-purchase lift tickets, lesson and Skitube online, in advance of their visit.

  • We will progressively open all resort facilities through the season, some services such as childcare and all-day Children’s Snowsports School programs will not be offered due to the effects of COVID-19.

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PHYSICAL DISTANCING:

Physical distancing means keeping 1.5 metres away from others. You must always follow physical distancing while at the resort.

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  • Indoors, there will be signs and ground markings to instruct guests where to stand in line, and where to keep on moving.  
  • Lift queues will be redesigned to maintain physical distancing and we will be restricting the amount of people on lifts at a time. For example, on a four seated quad chairlift, only two people will be permitted, sitting on each side of the chair. Except those that live together can ride together.

  • Venues will operate at reduced capacity so that physical distancing can be achieved in restaurants and common areas.

  • While indoor social distancing requirements are in place, food and beverage operations and indoor seating will be limited.

  • Skiers and snowboarders will be asked to change how they spend their days on the mountain. Guests will be encouraged to bring snacks and lunch and enjoy short breaks on the mountain in the clean mountain air, taking in the never-ending views.

  • Outdoor seating areas will be provided to enable skiers and snowboarders to socially distance over lunch in the beautiful alpine environment.

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GOOD HYGIENE:

Guests will be asked to follow government health and hygiene guidance. You can find more information here.

  • Mobile hand washing and hand sanitising stations are positioned in areas throughout the resort including restaurants and bathrooms. 

  • We’re following stringent practises in cleaning all resort facilities including restrooms

  • It is important that you stay at home if you feel unwell or are high risk

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Your Most Frequently Asked Questions:

We want you to have all the information you need for a safe and seamless snow experience, so we have put together your most frequently questions. Please check the information below for updates and answers:

I have pre-booked accommodation and missed out on Lift Tickets for my desired dates?

We apologise that you missed out on the Lift Tickets for your desired dates.

The Terms and Conditions associated with your accommodation booking will need to be discussed with your accommodation provider.

We strongly recommend securing Lift Tickets before proceeding with an accommodation booking. There is no guarantee that you will secure Lift Tickets for your desired dates and we cannot offer any priority to those who have pre-booked accommodation. 

Subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates on Lift Ticket, Lesson & Rental releases.

When will you be releasing more Lift Tickets?

Based on physical distancing and state government restrictions we have had to limit the number of guests visiting Perisher. We apologise if you have missed out on Lift Tickets for your desired days. 

Lift Tickets, Lessons and Rental dates will be released in stages. Please subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates on Lift Ticket, Lesson & Rental releases.

I am feeling unwell, showing COVID-19 symptoms or am high risk. Can I can cancel my trip and get a refund? 

We take the safety of our guests, staff & community very seriously. Please do not visit us if you are feeling unwell, have COVID-19 symptoms or are high risk. 

Cancellations to bookings with respect to Lift Tickets, Lessons (except Private Lessons) and Rentals:

  • are free where the cancellation is made seven or more days prior to the earliest scheduled commencement date of any Product or Service within the booking;
  • will attract a cancellation fee of $50 where the cancellation is made within seven days and 48 hours of the earliest scheduled commencement dates of any Product or Service within the booking;
  • will attract a cancellation fee of 100% of the booking total price where the cancellation is made within 48 hours of the earliest scheduled commencement dates of any Product or Service within the booking. Please view our complete cancellation policies here.

For questions regarding Epic Australia Pass, Epic Pass, Epic Military Pass & Pass Holder Access Reservations, please click here

Frequently Asked Questions:

Health & Safety:

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees and communities. It is our top priority.
COVID-19 presents us with an unprecedented situation, and we are implementing the following protocols in our resorts to put your safety first. 

How are you protecting the health and safety of guests, employees and resort communities?
  • We have worked closely with industry and Government representatives to develop our COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan to guide our safe resort operations this season. It encompasses two equally important parts; Vail Resorts’ initiatives to keep guests and employees safe and the expectations of guests to keep themselves and others safe.
  • We will continue to operate within the Government’s regulations as and when they evolve relating to COVID-19 and resort operations. We are strictly following all advice from the Australian Department of Health. You can find these guidelines here.
  • Guests and employees are required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises including at The Station, including but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding.
  • We encourage you to download the COVIDSafe app which speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to download the app.
  • We request that guests who are feeling unwell do not visit our resorts. 
How is Physical Distancing being implemented in resort?
  • Perisher is operating at approximately 50 percent of normal capacity to enable physical distancing measures per current government guidelines until any changes allow for greater access.
  • Physical distancing is actively promoted throughout our resorts in lift queues, on chairlifts, within indoor facilities and on transport. 
  • We are carefully managing the number of skiers and snowboarders able to enjoy the resort daily, based on the amount of terrain and lifts open.
  • Cash is not be accepted by outlets operated by Perisher.
  • Enforcing limits on public gatherings, including events and certain Snowsports lessons. 
  • We’re limiting venue occupancy to align with the Government’s regulations.
What new hygiene and cleaning measures are you implementing?
  • We are training our staff on hygiene and cleaning protocols.
  • We will provide hand sanitisation stations in our resorts.
  • Guests and employees will be required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises including at The Station, including but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding.
  • We are adopting enhanced cleaning measures of high-touch surfaces and increasing the frequency of public area cleaning.
What staff training and protocols are you implementing?
  • All of our employees are trained in COVID-19 safe operating procedures.
  • Employees will be required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises including at The Station, but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding.
  • All employees will not be permitted to attend work if the below symptoms arise or conditions are present:
    • Coughing, fever, or difficulty breathing
    • Have travelled internationally in the last 14 days
    • Been in a location with widespread COVID-19 transmission in the last 14 days
    • Been in close contact with a person known or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
What will you do if there is a COVID-19 case detected in resort?

In the event of COVID-19 detection, we will provide a coordinated response with the State Health Department. Although this process will be lead by the State Health Department, it will likely involve isolation of the impacted guest or staff member and a trace and track procedure to identify all at-risk people who may also be required to enter a period of isolation.

The resort will follow the directions of the State Health Department to undertake reactive cleaning and sanitation protocols.

What commitments to health and safety do I need to make as a guest in order to visit?

To enable safe resort operations, guests are respectfully requested to stay home if they are not feeling well or are considered high risk. To ensure the safest experience for everyone, guests will be asked to respect all protocols and respect physical distancing guidelines.

  • Physical Distancing Guidelines: Physical distancing will be provided at each resort, based on the amount of terrain and lifts open. Guests will be asked to respect 1.5metres of physical distance at all times in the ski area and at ski lifts unless they are with a group that they live with.

  • Face Covering: Guests and employees will be required to wear a face covering while on Perisher premises including at The Station, including but not limited to: arriving and departing the resort in car parking facilities, while using lifts, on Skitube and shuttle buses, in public places, and while skiing and snowboarding. Guests are kindly requested to supply their own face covering.

  • Personal Responsibility: A safe snow experience is the responsibility of everyone. Guests are expected to adhere to government cleanliness, hygiene and physical distancing guidelines, in addition to the Alpine Responsibility Code, to provide a safe environment for everyone. The Australian Government is encouraging Australians to download the COVIDSafe app to improve safety. You can find more information and download it here.

Face Covering:

If I wear a face covering do I still need to maintain physical distance from others?
Yes, face coverings are an additional prevention method to maintain safety for staff, guests and the mountain community.
Is a face covering required in Bars and Restaurants at The Station?
Yes, a face covering is required to be worn to reduce risk in these indoor areas for the safety of our employees, guests and mountain communities.
What if I refuse to wear a face covering?
We are asking you to wear a covering for your safety, the safety of your fellow guests, our employees and our community. Our staff will politely remind you to wear your face covering but refusal to wear one could result in a request for you to leave the resort. Please respect our decision to implement this policy to keep our guests and staff safe.
Do I have to wear a surgical face mask?
No, any type of cloth face covering is acceptable including a balaclava, neck warmer or face mask provided that it effectively covers your mouth and nose.
Do I have to wear a face covering when I am eating at Perisher?
We ask that for your safety and those around you, when you are not placing food and drink into your mouth, a face covering is worn. It is a requirement of the NSW Government health order that food and beverage only be consumed while being seated in food and beverage premises excluding takeaway.
Is there an age limit for the requirement to wear a face covering?
All guests are required to wear a face covering above the age of 12. However, we recommend that everyone, including children older than two years old wear a face covering to improve safety of all guests, employees and our mountain communities.

Children who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
Are the guests and employees of businesses, lodges and hotels not operated by Perisher required to wear a face covering on those premises?
We are encouraging all operators in the resort to require their employees and guests to wear a face covering to improve the safety of all of our employees, guests and our mountain community.
Are Perisher contractors and suppliers required to wear a face covering?
Yes, like employees and guests, anyone that is on Perisher premises is required to wear a face covering to improve the safety of all employees, guests and our mountain community.
Where can I obtain a face covering?
Face coverings are available for purchase at all snow sports retail outlets and Pharmacies in resort and in resort towns. Appropriate face coverings include a balaclava, neck warmer or disposable or reusable face mask provided that it fits closely around the mouth and nose and allows for breathing without restriction. A disposable face mask can be provided free of charge in the event that a guest forgets to bring their own face covering.

Key Changes to the 2020 Season:

Is there capacity limits at the resort this season?

Yes, the resort will commence operations at approximately 50 percent of capacity to enable physical distancing measures, per government guidelines.

This means that guests without a season pass are required to purchase lift tickets in advance as on-the-day lift ticket purchases at the resorts are not available until further notice.

How have lift operations change?

Lift operations are running at reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. Guests who live together will be allowed to ride lifts together. Others are required to physically distance as follows:

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What are the resort operating hours?

Lift operating times are published at the Lift Report.

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What Snowsports School lessons are available during the 2020 season and how do I book?

Private lessons, Family Private Lessons, Adult and Children's Groups lessons are all available. 

All bookings must be made online and in advance of arrival to Perisher

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Will adult group lessons be available?

Yes, adult group lessons will be available and must be purchased online in advance.

Will private lessons be available?

Private lessons are available.

Family Private lessons are available for children aged 3-5 years to participate. To maintain the physical distancing requirement, a parent, guardian or responsible adult from the same household must be present for the duration of the lesson to assist the instructor. 

Will kids lessons be available?

Yes, lessons for 6-14 year old kids will be available. 

As a result of the impacts to the season from COVID-19 and to provide the safest experience for guests and employees, group lessons for 3-5 year old kids will not be offered.

Family Private lessons are available for children aged 3-5 years to participate. To maintain the physical distancing requirement, a parent, guardian or responsible adult from the same household must be present for the duration of the lesson to assist the instructor. 

We thank you for your continued patience.

Will Child Care be available this season?

No. As a result of the impacts to the season from COVID-19 and to provide the safest experience for guests and employees, Child Care will not be offered.

We thank you for your continued patience.

Will you have equipment rental available?

Yes, we will have skis, snowboards and boots, clothing and helmet hire available with additional cleaning, sanitisation and management in place.

Will First Tracks Continue this Season?

Due to a reduction in Skitube capacity to provide physical distancing, Epic Australia Pass holders will be provided exclusive access to First Tracks on selected lifts in Perisher Valley from 7.30am on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 4 July. 

For more information on First Tracks, please click here

Will Night Skiing Continue this Season?

Yes, on Tuesday and Saturday nights from July through to September. Epic Australia Pass holders enjoy FREE access to night skiing.

For more information on Night Skiing, please click here

How will accommodation in resort look different this year?

Hotels, apartments and lodges will operate at reduced capacity to ensure that physical distancing can be achieved in restaurants and common areas.

For more information about hospitality reservations and protocols click the link below

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Will you have food and beverage available in resort?

Yes, limited food and beverage will be available across the resort. In most cases, food service will be limited to take-away, at least in the early season. Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and lunch to enjoy on the mountain.

With indoor physical distancing requirements in place, food and beverage options and indoor seating will be limited, but additional outdoor seating will be provided. Most venues will be cashless for contactless payment. If physical distancing requirements ease, food and beverage facilities will gain more capacity.

The Guest HQ App can be used to check into Perisher venues including Jax Bar & Cafe, Ski Rock, Yama Bar, Bazil's Bar, Powder Inn, The Burning Log and all Blue Cow Terminal Outlets.

Will the Skitube be running for the 2020 Season?

Yes. Perisher’s Skitube will be operating at reduced capacity with amended timetables. Guests must purchase their Skitube tickets online and in advance, as no on-the-day purchasing will be available. Skitube guests carrying luggage for overnight stays will be required to travel outside of peak operating periods.

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For more information on the Skitube see here:

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Refunds & Cancellation Policy:

Are the winter products I purchased prior to 9th June still valid?

Yes, guests that booked prior to 9 June will receive communication providing instructions on how to validate or refund their booking with one of our Contact Centre team.

What is your cancellation policy?

Considering the current COVID-19 situation, we’ve made our cancellation policy simpler and more flexible than ever so you can book with complete confidence for the 2020 snow season.

Click here to find out more:

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Can I get a refund on our accommodation booking if the accommodation or the resort is closed?

If we are unable to provide you with the accommodation that you have booked at The Station, Perisher Valley Hotel or Hotham Holidays or the resort is closed as a result of COVID-19, we will provide you with a full refund.

If you have not booked accommodation with The Station, Perisher Valley Hotel or Hotham Holidays, the Terms and Conditions associated with your accommodation booking will need to be discussed with your accommodation provider.

Can I get a refund on our accommodation booking if we can’t come due to COVID-19?

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic The Perisher Valley Hotel, The Station and Hotham Holidays aim to provide comfort to guests booking holidays in these uncertain times.

The Perisher Valley Hotel, The Station and Hotham Holidays will provide cancellation, change of dates, credit forward or full refund on all prepaid accommodation if;

  • You, a family member or travelling companion contract COVID-19 and are unable to travel on your intended dates; OR
  • Government policies due to COVID 19 prevent you from travelling on your intended dates; OR
  • Your transport is cancelled or disrupted due to COVID 19 preventing you from arriving in resort for your travel dates.

If your circumstance meets any of the criteria listed above, please e-mail The Perisher Valley Hotel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., The Station This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Hotham Holidays This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a reservation change or cancellation. 

You will be required to provide supporting documentation such as a medical certificate when applying for a cancellation or reservation change. All claims, with supporting documentation, are to be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to arrival. This policy is in addition to the standard booking terms and conditions provided by The Perisher Valley Hotel, The Station and Hotham Holidays. In the event of any inconsistencies between these, this policy shall take precedence.

If you have not booked accommodation with The Station, Perisher Valley Hotel or Hotham Holidays, the Terms and Conditions associated with your accommodation booking will need to be discussed with your accommodation provider.

 

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We recommend downloading the COVID-Safe App before you visit Perisher this season.

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