A message from the Australian Snowsports Industry about Covid-19

Hotham, Victoria. Photo credit: Hotham

The Australian Snow Industry today held a unified tele conference meeting to discuss the upcoming southern season during the current coronavirus pandemic.

While the season is still just under three months away, eight key industry figures discussed the various possible outcomes that lay ahead.

Belinda Trembath (Australian Ski Areas Association), Anthony Hill (Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors), Peter Mowbrey (Australian Ski Patrol Association), Iain McGuire (Disabled Wintersport Australia), Nick Whitby (Alpine Resorts Industry Advisory Group), Ed Fortey (Snowsports Industries Association), Dean Gosper (Snow Australia) and Ross Passalaqua (Tourism North East) all signed a pledge to work together to ensure the sustainability of our industry.

The Australian Snow Industry is united in our response to the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to society, and to the 2020 snow season. These are challenging and unprecedented times for the snow industry as the pandemic follows the recent and devastating impact of the bushfires on alpine regions and local communities.

Industry leaders met today via teleconference to discuss the threat, share ideas, consider appropriate actions and affirm a collective commitment to work together and partner with government to ensure the sustainability of our regional industry and allow members, stakeholders, employees and our guests to experience the magic of a snow holiday in our unique and beautiful alpine resorts and surrounding regions this winter.

As a group we understand the questions and the urgent need for information at this time. All Members have committed to providing information to stakeholders that is transparent and updated regularly via their respective information channels. We encourage stakeholders to check regularly.

Members of the snowsports community are strongly advised to closely monitor and follow the Covid19 recommendations from governments and health authorities to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of yourselves and our communities.

The industry is united in its support of the important work health professionals are doing to protect Australians through the creation of an industry campaign that seeks to reinforce that we must all take every possible action now, to flatten the curve, protect lives, and our communities…and in doing so protect our forthcoming snow season.

The current circumstances are incredibly serious, but temporary, and as an industry, community and society we will get through this together.

We’ll keep you updated as any pre season news comes to hand. In the meantime join our Keeping the Snow Dream Alive Facebook group where we’ll be posting deals, discounts, sales and more to help support the snow industry through these tough times.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.