Perisher Blue opens for the season
Tue 10 June 08
Only one t-bar opened but that had a couple of rails out to greet the first guests for the 2008 season down under
Skiers and snowboarders lined up at Mitchell T-bar on Front Valley this morning eager to carve their first turns for the season on opening day at Perisher Blue.
Keen skiers, Peta Degrey and son Tim were the first to christen the slopes. The pair, who frequent Perisher Blue regularly each season, drove over 10 hours from Murrurundi, a town 1 hour south of Tamworth, for the opening weekend celebrations. Rising at 6am this morning from their Jindabyne accommodation, Peta and Tim were the first to carve it up for the winter season 2008, a mighty effort!
The Perisher Blue Mountain Operations team have worked tirelessly over the past weeks to create the best skiing opportunities available. A low – 8 °C overnight meant that 74 snowmaking guns were blazing across Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow, improving conditions for skiers and snowboarders.
Mitchell T-bar (to Tower 3) and a ski carpet both opened to the public at 8.30am this morning. A Mini Fusion Park, consisting of a flat 3 metre box, down 3 metre box and 5 metre box, opened for adrenalin junkies keen to showcase their tricks.
Opening weekend has winter enthusiasts reveling in Perisher Blue’s wintry delights and enjoying an array of activities and musical performances, as well as the official Blessing of the Snow on Front Valley.
Neil Thew, Manager Public Relations & Business Development at Perisher Blue stated, ”Perisher Blue’s opening weekend celebrations is all about having fun, getting into the spirit of winter and enjoying the festivities, sun and off course snow play with family and friends.”
The fun will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday with entertainment for all the family including live music, circus performances, jumping castle and carnival rides.
Special pricing applies for lift and Skitube passes this weekend. If heading to the hills to enjoy the sun, celebrations and snow play then call Guest Services on 1300 655 822 for more information.
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