Heartbreaking photos of EMPTY ski resorts covered in glorious snow in locked-down NSW as workers face worst season ever
- Snow covers the ski areas of alpine resorts in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains region on Wednesday
- Terrifying footage shows empty ski resorts as holidaymakers stay home amid a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown
- Alpine community faces another financial blow after state lockdown is extended until September 10
Australia’s ski resorts are covered in inches of fresh snow with no happy family in sight as they prepare for their worst season yet, with incarcerated Victorians and New South Wales residents banned from climbing the slopes.
As both states bunker, snow has blanketed the slopes of NSW’s Perisher Valley, bringing heartbreaking images of an eerily empty resort once bustling with tourism.
As a wintry chill swept through the state’s Snowy Mountains region on Wednesday, chairlifts no longer worked along the alpine slopes, snowmobiles were stationary and accommodations remained unoccupied.
Pictured: Empty chairlifts will be seen in Perisher Valley on Wednesday after a nationwide lockdown forced the ski area to cease operations.
In cruel timing, Perisher recorded 8 inches of snowfall in the past seven days during the same period the ski area was forced to close after announcing a nationwide lockdown on Aug. 14.
Residents in regional areas were only able to leave their homes for essential work and study – not home, health care and exercise, with non-essential shop closures and catering facilities serving only as takeaways.
Prior to the state-wide health restrictions, the ski resorts struggled with last-minute cancellations from incarcerated Sydneysiders as they relied on tourists from regional areas to fill the gap.
The Alpine community suffered another blow on Thursday after the NSW government said it would extend state-wide home orders until September 10, leaving just three weeks of the ski season.
Pictured: Snow covered the Perisher ski resort overnight, registering 8cm of snowfall over the past 7 days during the same period the resort announced its closure during the statewide NSW lockdown
Pictured: Perisher snowmobiles come to a standstill as a statewide lockdown extension was announced until Sept. 10, forcing thousands of residents to remain locked in their homes across the state
“The announcement of the regional lockdown extension is more difficult news for our Perisher community, guests and employees. It is a very uncertain time for the entire region and unfortunately our lifts will have to remain closed until at least September 10,” said Pete Brulisauer, Chief Operating Officer Australian and Perisher.
“We encourage everyone to stay safe and do their part so we can all get out of the lockdown as soon as possible.”
Businesses and resorts in the Snowy region have already faced setbacks after missing the crucial July school holiday period and missing out on much-needed tourist dollars.
The Thredbo ski area, located in the heart of Kosciuszko National Park, will also remain closed during the lockdown restrictions, confirming it will pause the winter season until they can reopen.
Pictured: Tables and benches are not occupied by tourists at the Charlotte Pass Ski Resort in Kosciuszko National Park, which usually blooms with the active ski season
“While we are incredibly disappointed by the temporary closure of our resort, we are committed to playing our part in ensuring the health and safety of our guests, teams and our community,” the resort wrote on its website.
“We look forward to welcoming our guests back to the mountain soon.”
Thredbo saw a 6-inch blanket of snow cover the empty mountain village overnight as ski resort operators prepare for their most challenging winter yet.
Pictured: Chairlifts no longer operate along the snowfields at Charlotte Pass in Kosciuszko National Park as Covid-19 restrictions on holidaymakers to cancel their ski trips
Pictured: Perisher, a once bustling ski village, remains eerily quiet as state continues to grapple with Covid-19 outbreak