Bad news for skiers in Australia: Rising Covid-19 cases from the delta variant have caused the state of Victoria to enter a five-day lockdown. According to Axios, the lockdown is in the state of Victoria, which is home to many ski resorts and the large city of Melbourne. The lockdown began at midnight on Friday, June 16th (Australia is a day ahead of the United States, meaning they are currently are in lockdown). This means that ski resorts will not be able to operate from July 16-20. This marks a concerning trend that could derail ski resort operations in the Southern Hemisphere. The city of Sydney has also been under lockdown since late June.
The following resorts are affected by the lockdown:
The most disappointing part about all this is that Australia recently got some snow, leading to some great powder days. More snow is expected to fall through the lockdown at resorts like Mount Buller. Some mountains in other states in the country, like Perisher, remain open for now.