Perisher has announced the second new lift development since Vail Resorts took over downunder, a new conveyor load quad to replace the venerable Leichardt t-bar. Snowmaking for it will go in for next season but the new lift itself will have to wait until 2019. When it does the new quad chairlift will increase lift capacity by 75% in one of Perisher’s most popular areas.
Update – we had some feedback from regulars wondering what would happen to one of their (and our!) favourite go to windy day areas with the new lift, so we asked Perisher and they have certainly factored that in says Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Phillips
“The Centre Valley area of the resort is renowned for the great tree lined terrain offering some of the best powder skiing in the resort during the winter storms as the terrain offers some protection from the wind.
Weather and in particular high winds have been factored into the plans for the new quad chairlift that will replace the Leichhardt T – Bar for the 2019 season. The plans for the lift and the engineering will minimize the days that the new lift would need to be closed due to weather.”
Additional snow-making brings investment to over $25 million in recent years and bolsters already preeminent early season experience.
Vail Resorts is also investing CAD$66 million at Whistler Blackcomb for new lift infrastructure and on the heels of US$50 million in improvements in 2015, Park City Mountain will also see a significant investment into on-mountain dining and family experiences.
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PERISHER, New South Wales – Dec.8, 2017 – Perisher, Australia’s favourite ski resort, today announced it will be replacing Leichhardt T- Bar with a new quad chairlift to be ready for the 2019 winter. The investment includes a significant snowmaking project bringing the total cost to $4.2 million with the work planned for the 2018/2019 summer.
“News of the new quad chairlift is very exciting as it services a favourite area for many of Perisher’s loyal guests,” said Peter Brulisauer, chief operating officer of Perisher. “The new lift will access fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced runs as well as the famous Leichhardt Terrain Park providing something for every level of skier and snowboarder.”
By replacing Leichhardt T-bar and Home Rope Tow the new quad chairlift will increase lifting capacity in the area by a huge 75%, giving guests more time to ski and board popular runs including The Cleft, Powder Ridge, Snowy Trails and the Leichhardt Terrain Park.
“Replacing the Leichhardt T-Bar with a quad chairlift is a huge improvement. 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,” said Andrew Kennedy, mountain manager of Perisher.
The replacement of the steep, advanced only Leichhardt T-bar with a chairlift will allow it to be used by children and beginners providing another option to the nearby Happy Valley T-bar. The new chairlift will have the same conveyor load system as the Freedom Quad Chairlift in Guthega, making the loading process easy for all guests.
Beginner skiers and boarders will be impressed when enjoying Snowy Trails, one of Perisher’s most popular beginner runs with snowmaking installed from the base of Happy Valley T-Bar right through to the load of the new quad chairlift.
Peter Brulisauer added: “The new snowmaking linking Happy Valley to the base of the new chairlift will provide Perisher skiers with another lift and run to enjoy under snowmaking only conditions and will ensure we can open terrain in this part of the resort earlier providing great conditions across the entire winter for our guests.”
This major investment to improve the guest experience at Perisher follows the installation of the Freedom Quad Chairlift in the Guthega area of the resort in 2014 and over $25 million in snowmaking improvements.
Vail Resorts will also invest US$52 million (CAD$66 million) at Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America, including the world’s first three-gondola inter-connect. The largest single investment in the resort’s history.