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COVID-19 – Implications for Ski Club Operations

The RAN Ski Club Directors met on Saturday 4 April, by video conference to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on Club Operations. Currently the way ahead for the 2020 Ski season is unclear. In NSW there is a Public Health Order until 29 Jun which amongst other things, prohibits people travelling for holidays. Similar restrictions apply in Victoria.
We interpret this as meaning members will not be able to use the NSW lodges before 30 June, unless the Order is revoked before then. We assess this as unlikely. Beyond that is even less clear. Thredbo village has suspended taking Accommodation requests for this period. From what we can tell, Perisher is waiting. Buller has advised that people must not come to the alpine resorts for social purposes, recreation or working bees until further notice.
Current Booking Situation
A number of members have made and paid for bookings, both online and offline, for both the period from the normal opening of the season on the June long weekend until the end of June and for later in the season.
Bookings that have already been made and confirmed will be retained on Club System unless individual members wish to cancel them.  Cancellation refunds will be made in line with the policy in the Booking rules. If future restrictions on operations mean that the Club must cancel any of these confirmed bookings, then full refunds will be made, regardless of the timing.
Future Online Bookings
To reduce the administrative workload in taking and then perhaps having to refund accommodation charges, the Board has decided to put a temporary hold on online bookings until the situation is clearer. Thus, the online booking system (Club System) will be suspended until further notice. We will recommence Online bookings as soon as we can.Offline Bookings
Members may still register booking requests offline by using the manual booking form and send them to the office by fax or mail. These will be held in order of receipt and processed if /when the situation is clearer.
The Board is keen to operate this season if we can safely and legally do so. We regret the decision to suspend taking bookings, but believe it is in the best interests of members and will prevent your funds being tied up unnecessarily.

Looking Ahead

We will be reassessing the capacity of the lodges based on current Government space density policies and will review these further if the Government changes these limitations.

If necessary due to any changed capacity, we will cancel any over-limit bookings, based on ‘Last In First Out’ (LIFO) assessed by date and time of booking, which is recorded in Club System. Depending on the circumstances we may call for volunteers to cancel bookings.

If any members wish to cancel bookings already made, our normal cancellation policy will apply, noting that extraordinary cancellation provisions detailed in our By-Laws would apply if an individual booking cannot be continued because of:

  • quarantine directions for a diagnosed case of COVID -19,
  • a Government self-isolation direction, or
  • written medical advice that the booked person cannot travel because of high vulnerability to COVID-19.

If the Directors are obliged to close a Lodge for a period because of Government or Lodge Lessor direction, or a decision by a Resort Operator to cease operations at the resort, full refunds will be granted for bookings during that period.

Updated 7 April 2020

Online Booking System Bed Availability 

Due to our need to closely manage bed allocations to take account of the gender and age mix of members and guests, we cannot allow all beds to be available for online bookings. Also, the license limit in each lodge is below the total number of beds. As a result of these 2 factors, at times it is not possible to use all beds in the lodges.  We must keep a small number available for the Booking Officer to manage these issues. 

This means that at some busy periods, we may have some beds available even though the online Availability shows none.

In these circumstances, members should contact the Booking Officer offline to check whether individual bookings can be taken, and also to register interest in being placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 

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