Perisher invests in snowmaking

Perisher ski resort in Australia (now officially rebranded from old name Perisher Blue) has continued to invest heavily in its ever expanding snowmaking system during the southern hemisphere’s summer, as well as in new Snowsports School programs in readiness for winter.
$5.7 million dollars has been spent on 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.
Two groomers have also 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.
A new ski carpet has been added to the Snowsports School Milo Discovery Kid’s area in Perisher Valley at a cost of $170,000 (Australian). In the same area there will be a mini terrain park – the Milo Mini Park, with miniature low to the ground features, to enable introductory freeride tuition.
www.perisher.com.au

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