Last winter Perisher produced 624,769 cubic metres of snow, in what was heralded as an amazing achievement for Australian alpine resorts. Already this season, which still has two months left to run, the resort has smashed that record with over 700,000 cubic metres produced to date..
The resort's three-year $19 million investment in automated snowmaking infrastructure has really been a bonus for guests this winter, with snowmaking commencing on May 11th, four weeks before the start of the season, and continuing almost non-stop ever since.
The snowmaking expansion has enabled the beginner and intermediate Happy Valley area and top to bottom on the iconic Towers Run on Mt Perisher, for more advanced skiers and boarders, to open earlier than usual this season, although natural snowfalls have only registered just over 30cm. This weekend the popular Excelerator run in Blue Cow also openeds due to the efforts of the snowmakers.
Sixty-eight new energy efficient, fully automated fan guns and lances were commissioned in 2009, making a total of 271 snow guns now installed across Perisher Valley, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes resort areas.
"Perisher's snowmaking infrastructure and increased capacity now rivals many international alpine destinations; allowing guests more certainty when booking their snow holidays that we can provide a quality snow product at all times of the season," said Peter Brulisauer Perisher's CEO.
"Feedback from guests has been very positive, it's made an incredible difference particularly to the popular Towers Run and Happy Valley areas which has opened on an excellent top to bottom cover. Best of all the new system is incredibly energy efficient and the water is recycled through the Snowy Scheme back into the catchment," continued Mr. Brulisauer.
A second Australian ski area, Mt Hotham, has also reported new snowmaking records set there.
"our snowmaking areas are in great condition with a snowdepth of 91cm. This season to date we have made enough snow to fill 99 Olympic swimming pools!" said a resort statement.