Australian Ski Areas Association CEO Colin Hackworth says, the announcement did come as a surprise to the industry but they are scrambling to put operating plants together.
It will provide some long overdue tourism relief for areas along the Great Alpine Road such as Bright, Harrietville and the ski resorts in the Alpine Shire such as Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.
The Alpine Mayor, Peter Roper has also welcomed the news.
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board Chair, Jo Shannon states:
“We welcome the Premier’s announcement and thank all of our industry partners who have united with a common goal of providing Australians with the opportunity to have a safe snow experience this winter. We also thank all those Victorians who have followed the public health messaging and maintained physical distancing so that this has become possible. On behalf of the Board, I wish all the businesses, staff and community organisations all the best for a safe and successful snow season.”
Under the current restrictions the lifts will not be turning on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Details on what the ski season will like for all Victorian Alpine resorts will be made available in the coming days.