Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.40am.
Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020
- The ski season open dates are:
- Thredbo: Open
- Perisher: Open
- Charlotte Pass: Open
- Selwyn Snow Resort: Closed for 2020 due to bushfire damage
Ski season on-snow activities and access
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.
- 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 is 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. 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.
- NPWS is supporting resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. NPWS and the resorts are asking visitors not to visit ski resorts in 2020 specifically for snow play activities. This is because there are no areas allocated for snow play or tobogganing in 2020 due to the COVID Safe Operating Plan prepared by the resorts and supported by NPWS and the emergency services.
- Visitors can undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location. Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities.
- NPWS is concerned about safety management of snow play user groups, as unsafe areas along road corridors may become crowded. Visitors should ensure their activities are undertaken in a safe location.
- 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.
- The only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you are 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 but are not a condition of entry 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.
- 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.
- Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes.