Sumary of Snow industry on brink of collapse after second winter without trade:
- After two consecutive winters with limited domestic trade and no international tourists, Australia’s snow industry is on the brink of collapse, according to industry experts.
- Snowsports Industries Australia (SIA) chairman Edward Fortey believed the entire industry was under threat — from small city retailers to accommodation providers and large resorts.
- “There has been a closure of nearly two years … our members have gone through their second winter as essentially a non-event,” Mr Fortey said.
- (Supplied: Jordan Mountain/Mt Buller)And while support has been provided to some parts of the industry, CEO of the National Retailers Association (NRA) Dominique Lamb said support modelling had been based around geography and failed to acknowledge the national network that made up the entire industry.
- (ABC Gippsland: Kellie Lazzaro)The NRA and SIA are calling on the federal government to view the snow industry on the same level as the aviation sector — with a package similar to the Tourism Aviation Network Support Program.
- They also want the NSW government to develop an Alpine Resorts Winter Support package, and the Victorian government to broaden its current program to include all off-mountain providers.
- His company depended heavily on the sale of snow apparel and equipment online and outside alpine regions, seeing him miss out on significant portions of financial aid.
- How do we still have our businesses intact when this all starts to end, which won’t be till June 2022?” The Thredbo Ski Resort in NSW in the winter of 2019 — before COVID.