Perisher Ski Resort is spreading early Christmas cheer with the announcement of a $4.2-million investment in new infrastructure and expanded snowmaking. This latest investment at Australia’s largest resort will see Leichhardt T-Bar being replaced with a new quad chairlift, and more snow guns. The work will be carried out over the 2018/19 summer and completed in time for the 2019 snow season.
Leichhardt T-Bar services one of Perisher’s intermediate terrain parks, which is one of the most popular spots on the mountain with skiers and snowboarders lapping the jumps and rails. Home Rope Tow will also be replaced, with the new chair increasing lifting capacity in the area by 75 percent and providing better access to The Cleft, Powder Ridge and Snowy Trails runs, as well as the park.
“Replacing the Leichhardt T-Bar with a quad chairlift is a huge improvement,” says Perisher Mountain Manager Andrew Kennedy. “The area provides some of the best tree skiing in the resort and will be a favourite during the winter storms, giving access to great powder skiing amongst the shelter of the tree-lined terrain on Powder Ridge,” he says.
Leichhardt T-Bar is steep and for advanced skiers and boarders only. The chairlift, however, will be open to children and beginners, giving them another way to access Happy Valley T-bar. The snowmaking operations will be installed from the base of Happy Valley T-Bar to the new lift. Perisher’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Brulisauer says the extra snowmaking means skiers and boarders can enjoy another lift and run as they wait for Mother Nature to deliver natural snow.
“It will ensure we can open terrain in this part of the resort earlier, providing great conditions across the entire winter for our guests,” Brulisauer says.
The extra snowmaking will take the resort’s investment in man-made snow to more than $25 million in recent years. This investment also follows the installation of the Freedom Quad Chairlift in Guthega in 2014. Perisher Ski Resort is in the New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains. It has 1,245 hectares of skiable terrain, 47 lifts, five terrain parks, two rider-cross courses, and a half pipe.