Dinner Plain Alpine Village has today announced that it will continue its winter operations as planned for the 2020 season. This decision has been made with the full backing of Alpine Shire Council to support the alpine village’s local businesses and staff, following the announcement by Vail Resorts to suspend lift operations at both Mount Hotham and Falls Creek Alpine Resorts.
Dinner Plain’s 2020 winter operations will include the commitment to grooming of the Village’s 35km cross country ski trail network, active management of its 75m tobogganing slope and commitment to funding snowmaking operations at the tobogganing area.
As a result of the suspension of ski lifting operations at Mount Hotham, the Dinner Plain to Hotham shuttle bus will be hibernated from Monday July 13 until further notice.
In alignment with the decision to delay opening of skiing and snowboarding at Mount Hotham to June 29, the Dinner Plain Mt Hotham Shuttle Bus service has been rescheduled to a matching start date on Monday June 29, 2020
Dinner Plain has announced details of its managed tobogganing product, due to open on Cobungra Platter slope on June 24. With the previously announced decision by Mount Hotham Ski Company not to operate skiing and snowboarding at Dinner Plain, Alpine Shire Council has repurposed the Cobungra Platter slope for a COVID compliant tobogganing activity that manages capacity limits and contact tracing requriements.
This tobogganing area will offer a slope 75m long, recognised as Australia's largest dedicated tobogganing area.
As you will be aware, this season presents challenges not seen at Dinner Plain before. To make sure we are offering a safe environment to our winter visitors, seasonal residents and permanent community, a number of changes have been put in place.
This winter a number of activities and services will operate under different conditions to usual times. Some of these will operate in a limited capacity, some not at all. When you make your next visit please be mindful that businesses are in uncharted waters. Everyone is adapting as best they can to keep us all safe while trying to deliver the best service possible.
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
Visitors are welcomed to visit Dinner Plain across the Queen's Birthday Weekend, and for dates beyond. Accommodation bookings are open for overnight stays and you can arrive without pre-booking for day trips. Visitors approaching from Harrietville may be required to stop at the Mt Hotham Resort Entry gate but visitors to Dinner Plain (or travelling through) do not require a Resort Entry Permit and will be granted access through Mt Hotham.
SKIING, TOBOGGANING AND CROSS COUNTRY
There is currently inadequate snow at Dinner Plain for snow recreation activities and no snow activities will be in operation for the Queen's Birthday Weekend.
The Cobungra Platter ski slope is formally leased to Mount Hotham Ski Company (MHSC) for operation of skiing and snowboarding. MHSC has advised Council of their decision to hibernate operation of the Cobungra Platter ski slope and lift at Dinner Plain for the 2020 season, and to focus their efforts and resources on the safe operation of their Mount Hotham operations.
With MHSC's decision, Alpine Shire Council has taken the the opportunity to assess options to activate the Cobungra Platter Ski Slope for tobogganing in a manner that is compliant with COVID-19 regulations. These arrangements are well developed and we expect to offer a managed tobogganing activity on this slope from June 24th with adequate snow conditions. This activity will be free to visitors, incorporating capacity limits and contact tracing measures. Further detail on this will be announced.
Cross Country Ski Trail grooming will commence from Saturday June 6 once snow conditions allow.
CAPACITY LIMITS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Dinner Plain is an permanent township and operates differently to the Alpine Resorts. Like other towns, there are no overall capacity limits in place to visit or stay. Individual public spaces, buildings or amenities are subject to capacity limits and visitors will be advised of these via localised signage.
All Victorian guidelines around social distancing apply at Dinner Plain, including maintaining 1.5m space between people, practicing good hygiene and avoiding your visit if you feel unwell or have recently been in contact with somebody who has traveled overseas or suspects they may have COVID-19. All visitors are strongly encouraged to download and activate the COVIDSafe phone app.
DINING & DRINKS
There will be a number of Food & Beverage outlets open for business from the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend. make sure you pay attention to the signed regulations in place at every outlet and respect the social distancing and capacity requirements.
- Dinner Plain Hotel
Dine-in Lunch & Dinner plus Takeaway
Open from June 6 - Bookings essential via 0428889859 or 51596462
- Mountain Kitchen
Takeaway Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee
Open from June 6 | Sat/Sun 8am-3pm | Mon 8am-12pm
- Stables at DP
Takeaway Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee and General Store
Open from June 5 8am-3pm
- Blizzard Brewery
Dine-in Lunch & Dinner with Drinks (NB: COVID regulations state drinks only served with meals) plus Takeaway Beers
Open from June 5 | Fri 2pm | Sat-Mon 12pm
The Dinner Plain to Hotham Bus Service is expected to commence on 24 June. Services may be adjusted throughout the season to cater to demand. Full details of the finalised schedule will be communicated once confirmed.
Given the restrictions currently in place for mass gatherings, events are not being considered for delivery until further update is given from Victorian State Government. As a result the Opening Weekend Fireworks event will not go ahead this weekend and the Dinner Plain Sled Dog Challenge organisers have decided to focus their efforts to planning for the 2021 event.
BE SAFE, BE KIND, DOWNLOAD THE APP
These are different times for us all with an ever-changing landscape. We welcome everyone back to Dinner Plain but ask that all please respect the new regulations in place to protect everyone. Make sure you practice good hygiene, adhere to social distancing, be prepared to wait if capacity limits are full and be mindful of businesses adapting to the new rules