Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Aug 2020, 10.27am.
Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020
- As always, temporary road closures or traffic restrictions may be implemented to manage safety on roads. Please ensure that you have planned ahead and keep up-to-date on relevant alerts on ski resort webpages and Live Traffic.
- Roadblocks to control access from Jindabyne toward Thredbo and Perisher will be installed to manage road safety issues and COVID-19 capacity on every weekend and some other peak visitation days during the snow season. The ski resort COVID Safe plans do not allow for snow play at the resort areas, and there is limited capacity for safe parking of vehicles on roadsides to undertake snow play outside of resorts. As a result, when these roadblocks are implemented, only visitors who can provide evidence of one of the following will be granted access:
- A completed NPWS Trip Intention Form for snowshoe, cross country skiing and other backcountry activities
- A pre-purchased resort lift pass
- Pre-booked accommodation, campsite or other commercial booking that is located beyond the roadblock
- A need to access to undertake work or resident living beyond the roadblock
- A plan to transit through the Alpine Way to Khancoban or beyond
- Emergency or other essential need
Access may be denied despite a visitor being able to provide evidence of the above if there is no car parking available, or if there are other road safety issues occurring.
- When no roadblocks are implemented, the only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you're visiting a location where park use fees apply. Trip Intention Forms or a resort lift pass are required if you are planning on-snow sporting activities. Note that if car parks are full or visitation exceeds capacity a Trip Intention Form or a resort lift pass does not guarantee access to Kosciuszko National Park.
- Payment at NPWS vehicle entry stations and the NPWS Perisher office will be by card only. Cash will not be accepted. Card payments are preferred at NPWS visitor centres.
- All public carparks which are open throughout Kosciuszko National Park will operate as per previous snow seasons. Parking spaces cannot be reserved, and a pre-purchased resort lift pass or a pre-registered NPWS Trip Intention Form does not assure that a parking spot will be available when you arrive.
- To cater for an increase in backcountry activities this snow season, Cascades trail head and Dead Horse Gap carparks are available, at this stage, for day parking only.
- Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes.
Ski season on-snow activities
All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park will require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a Trip Intention Form. Check the resort websites for current status and conditions.
- If you intend to use the ski lifts, don’t leave home without a valid pre-purchased lift pass
- Visitors wishing to undertake on-snow backcountry activities will need to register a Trip Intention Form (TIF) with NPWS prior to their arrival. Examples of on-snow backcountry activities which can be undertaken after a TIF is lodged include backcountry snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skiing and snowboarding.
- Tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing are not permitted within Kosciuszko National Park in 2020.
- The COVID-safe plan prepared by Perisher Resort does not allow for tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing. Tobogganing is not permitted at Thredbo Resort by the lessee.
- Selwyn Snow Resort, which has the only other dedicated tobogganing location, is closed due to bushfire damage.
- There are no accessible areas in Kosciuszko National Park that will allow these activities to be safely undertaken or in accordance with the current COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.
- Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities.
- Due to capacity constraints with COVID-19, NPWS recommends that visitors do not visit for the purpose of snow play in 2020. Visitors wishing to undertake a snow-based activity who do not wish to purchase a lift pass may consider doing an activity such as snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing instead of snow play.
- During peak visitation periods such as weekends, to manage visitor safety there will be roadblocks installed for access toward Thredbo and Perisher. Visitors entering for the purpose of snow play will be denied access on these days.
- NSW Police, Transport NSW and NPWS are concerned about the safety of snow play user groups. This is due to areas along road corridors becoming crowded because snow play areas are not available at resorts.
- On days where there are no roadblocks installed, visitors can enter Kosciuszko National Park to undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location outside of resort areas.
- NPWS is supporting resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Visitors must take responsibility for their own personal safety, including staying well clear of roads, maintaining physical distancing, parking safely and obeying road safety signage such as 'No stopping' and 'No parking'.
- Before going backcountry, lodge a Trip Intention Form, review advice at the NPWS Alpine Safety page, and it is recommended that you book a guided tour with a licensed tour operator.
- For safe driving tips visit Transport NSW - Driving in the Snowy Mountains or How to Drive in the Snow.