What has changed?

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer (CHO) has eased some public health restrictions:

  • People are allowed to leave their homes for recreation and exercise.
  • Travel distance restrictions do not apply.
  • Public land is open for day use activities. If you need to travel, you need to be able to drive there and back within one day.
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted in outdoor spaces if you strictly follow physical distancing rules.

The Victorian Ski Season

The Victorian ski season operates from the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June to the end of September. All downhill and most cross-country skiing facilities are located on public land.

Will there be a ski season in 2020?

All skiing operations and activities must be able to comply with the CHO’s directions and occur in a safe and manageable way to protect alpine resort staff, visitors and alpine communities.

Health officials, DELWP and alpine resorts management boards are working to understand the implications of proceeding with a ski season and provide guidance on possible future activities.

Can I visit property I own?

You can travel to a residence you own. As always, Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling. The Victorian Government is directing all Victorians to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may leave your home for essential maintenance of a property other than your place of primary residence. Physical distancing should be maintained by keeping 1.5 metres between you and anyone else on site. You should try to keep your time away from home to a minimum.

People responsible for essential maintenance to ski lodges should contact the relevant alpine resort management board to determine if access is possible and discuss conditions that must be met at individual resorts.

Can I go camping in snow areas?

No. No form of camping is permitted on any public land. This includes dispersed camping at informal sites in alpine areas. Refer to the caravan and camping FAQ (DOCX, 112.6 KB) for further detail.

Can I go snow skiing or snowboarding?

There are no down-hill skiing facilities (including lifts) currently operating at the Victorian alpine resorts. Check individual resorts for updates to facility operations.

Cross-country skiing is permitted as a day trip. However, trails are not groomed or patrolled outside of the declared snow season. Back-country skiing is only possible if you don’t camp out and conditions allow.

Camping is not allowed on any public land at present. Camping on all public land including alpine areas is not allowed and visits to alpine areas must be as day trips only.

Food and other services may be limited at alpine resorts. Any skiers must be completely self-contained and plan accordingly.

If visiting an area check that the area is open and safe before travelling.

Can I go to snow areas for snow play and sight-seeing?

Yes, you can take day trips to alpine areas for snow play and sight-seeing. If you need to travel, you need to be able to drive there and back within one day, taking care to travel to the prevailing weather, road conditions and advisory signs.

As always, Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to travelling.

Check that the area is open and safe before travelling.

Parks Victoria Parks and Reserves

Most Parks Victoria managed parks and reserves are open, expect for a small number of sites where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Parks that are open are accessible for exercise if physical distancing requirements are strictly followed.

Some sites may be closed due to the impact of the recent bushfires. Check Parks Victoria for a full list of closures before you leave home.

If visiting a park or forest check that the park/forest is open and safe before travelling.

Please remember:

  • If you choose to take advantage of any changes to public health directions, please do so responsibly.
  • Physical distancing and personal hygiene requirements remain the same.
  • Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others.
  • Remember – 1.5 metres of physical distancing at all times.
  • You cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people.