Selwyn Snowfields buys old Buller lift

Sun 06 July 08

Australian resort Selwyn Snowfields has bought a triple chairlift from Mt.Buller which will be installed at the end of the season ready for the 2009 season

Selwyn Snowfields has recently become the proud new owner of a Doppelmayr Triple Chairlift. The new chairlift will interset the resort stright down the middle replacing the current Township T-Bars and Powerline Poma and is the first major lift upgrade project the resort has undertaken since the installation of the New Chum Chairlift in 1988.

The second hand lift purchased from Mount Buller will be completely reconditioned prior to its installation which is planned for November 2008 with a scheduled opening for Winter 2009 and will become the longest lift at Selwyn Snowfields at 702 metres in length.

The dual loading lift will bring a variety of benefits to the resort including an increased lifting capacity meaning smaller queues and less waiting for guests. Beginners will love the ease of riding a chairlift as opposed to the current surface lifts but is sure to be a wecome addition to the resort by all visitors alike.

The greatest benefit of the new lift is the ability to optimise the snow produced on Township and therefore increase the duration of operation for the run. "Thousands of cubic metres of snow are lost every year from pushing snow off the Township run onto the lifting tracks of the T-Bars", says Bob Heatley, resort Director. "This action thins the cover and encourages a faster melt rate. The new chairlift negates the requirement to maintain lift tracks and therefore preserves the snow on the run resulting in a longer operational period." The resort estimates that an additional 2 weeks of operation would have been possible in 2007 if the chairlift had been installed.

The same can be said for the popular runs of Long Arm and Kangaroo Ridge with snow often "farmed" off these runs to maintain the lift track on the north-easterly facing Powerline Poma lift track. This will also be a task of the past resulting in a longer season for these two runs also.
The resort is currently preparing for the installation in November with many tasks and challenges ahead before the first footing can be poured. "Probably the biggest challenge is the burial of 200 metres of high voltage powerlines which currently intersect the proposed chairlift route", says Jack Glasson, Environmental Manager.

The chairlift completes the first phase of a 5 year lift enhancement plan which will see Selwyn Snowfields' terrain double in size. General Manager, Christie Glasson says, "It's an exciting time for the resort with some big changes ahead in our future and I'm confident that our guests, both new and returning, will really like what we have in store."

Next Story

Halifax Locals Take Big Air Titles

Mon 07 July 08, Halifax Ski Centre, United Kingdom

It was a rainy start to the opening event of the 2008 British Snow Tour in Halifax over the weekend, but spirits weren't dampened as over 70 of the UK's top snowboarders and freeskiers, charged the kickers and threw down technical rail tricks during the Quiksilver Big Air Championships and Rail Jam

New lifts at Kirkwood

Thu 10 July 08, Kirkwood, USA

There will be 2 new tow lifts in Emigrant Basin for 2008/9 as the big ol' master plan gets approval

British Snow Tour Accelerates into Norfolk

Fri 11 July 08, Norfolk Ski Club, United Kingdom

The British Snow Tour picks up the pace and accelerates into Norfolk next weekend 19th & 20th July for the third and final event of the dryslope series

Snowboarding’s elite make pilgrimage to NZ Open

Sat 12 July 08, Snowpark, New Zealand

Brit Jenny Jones and a whole host of top names will compete in the sixth Burton New Zealand Open Snowboarding Championships which kicks off on July 29 at Snow Park NZ

High Style at Chatham on the British Snow Tour

Mon 14 July 08, Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre, United Kingdom

Chatham's impressive slopestyle course, which included a monster 60ft rail, set the stage for over 80 of the UK's best freestylers who linked together an amazing assortment of technical rail and kicker combo's

Selwyn Snowfields, Australia

“Good for beginners and families.”