I was actually shocked at how short the lift queues were at Hotham, given it was school holidays and only three lifts open. Genuinely shocked.numbers on hill are quite limited.
there are people staying here who have purchased accommodation and parking passes, yet can't purchase a lift ticket still.
after several days of overcast windy cold conditions, village chair opened suddenly on a warm deep deep blue sky day, sparkling fresh snow on the ground, zero wind and right in the middle of school holidays. every man woman kid cat squirrel and their dog decided to ride the 'new chair'. this is while people were catching summit and roadrunner chairs and traversing out of bounds to ski the HV terrain and ending on up village chair also (i was one of them). meanwhile it is the most direct route for ski patrol to get evacuees out, and had been stopped for long periods of loading and unloading for 3 stretchers that morning (im told). i also personally saw 3 ski school kids fall off the chair too, so even more stops, actually it was only 2 kids, 1 of them fell off twice in a row ;P
meanwhile the other lifts were relatively empty.
i haven't seen a queue longer than a few minutes since. the opening of HV has probably made an impact.
with 90cm behind me and 90cm in front of me, it is impossible for me to not social distance vertically in lift queues. and i just dont like people that much, so its not hard to maintain distance horizontally.
theres no limiting of numbers per chair however. but when travelling at 12kph im actually more concerned if the person on the chair in front is sick than i am of the people next to me.
everyone loves to bitch about lift queues like its some sort of coolness bandwagon, like theyve never been to a ski resort anywhere in the world before and its some sort of shock that it happens.
tho personally i like to perpetuate the lift queue posts to further discourage people from vising 'my' resort and stealing my snow.
the japanese love a good queue, mostly to catch the exclusivity of being the first there when something opens.
ive even had to queue up waiting for the barber to open in the morning.