Perisher resort improvements for 2009

Fri 05 June 09

AU$5.7 million spent on snowmaking equipment, 2 new groomers and a major refit of their visitor centre are the major changes ready for their new season

Snowmaking Expansion: $5.7 million dollars has been spent this year, with new snowmaking infrastructure added to the Happy Valley area and top to bottom on the very popular Towers Run on Mt Perisher, as part of Perisher’s three-year $19 million dollar investment in snowmaking expansions and upgrades. Extensive slope grooming has also been undertaken as part of the program to make snow-riding experiences even better in 2009.

The Happy Valley and Mt Perisher snowmaking expansion adds an extra 10.86 hectares of snowmaking-covered terrain to a new total of 54.3 hectares. 68 energy efficient Techno Alpin automated snow guns have been installed, lifting Perisher’s total number of snow guns to 271.

Groomers: Two groomers have been added to Australia’s biggest snow-grooming fleet. These additions will ensure Perisher has over 100 groomed trails in great shape during 2009. As in 2008, 100% of the green house gas emissions of the grooming and bus fleets will be offset with accredited renewable sources from Origin Energy.

Perisher Centre Improvements: The Lower Arcade of the Perisher Centre is currently undergoing an extensive renovation in time for the 2009 season. The new streamlined layout will assist guests navigating their way through each area, saving them valuable time and improving their experience.

At a cost of approximately $600,000 the remodelled Perisher Centre will see snowboard hire combined in the one area with ski hire (to be known as Snowsports Hire), Mountain Passes and Snowsports School products all available from one integrated office. The office is conveniently located closer to the slopes and there is also a new Slopestyle Mountain Sports retail outlet close by for quick accessory purchases.

An important part of the upgrade is an expansion of the Kids Snowsports School facilities in the Perisher Centre. The expansion will make the check-in process quicker and easier and will provide better indoor facilities for kids when having lunch or simply taking a break. Snowy Daycare has been relocated to the Lower Level making it easier to access with prams direct from the Perisher Carpark or Skitube.

New Ski Carpet: A welcomed addition for our Snowsports School Milo Discovery Kid’s area in Perisher Valley, the new ski carpet has been added to compliment these popular programs. At a cost of approximately $170,000 the carpet will expand the capacity of the programs, make learning easier and most importantly more fun for our youngest guests.

Also, in the Milo Discovery Kid’s area will be a mini terrain park - the Milo Mini Park, with miniature low to the ground features, to enable introductory freeride tuition

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