PERISHER BLUE , Australia,ski resort has already launched its 2006/2007 ski season, opening Thursday June 8th, thanks to some great early season conditions. Thredbo is next in line, with its traditional Queen’s Birthday opening weekend on Saturday 10th....
The early start in Perisher was thanks to a 25cm snowfall last week and chilly overnight temperatures. This allowed the snowmaking team to boost the natural cover with man-made snow. Not a lot running as yet, but one lift was open on Front Valley on Thursday, and the Village Eight Express, Australia’s biggest chairlift, should be starting operations today. Lifts at Smiggin Holes will open on demand this weekend and further lifts will operate as conditions allow.
Over in Thredbo the resort has made some big changes for the start of the new season.Already possessing the most extrensive snowmaking facilities in the country, which last year covered 25% of the terrain, the summer upgrade has increased its capacity and it can now produce 50% more snow (if conditions are right, of course). This is part of Thredbo's three stage £2.5M implementation of a fully automated snowmaking system, with stage one finished for the start of the current season.
Winter Season Dates: 10 June 2006 – 2 October 2006
Riding Terrain: 480 hectares
Vertical Drop: 672 metres
Base Elevation: 1,365 metres
Summit Elevation: 2,037 metres
Day Ticket: Aus$ 91 (£36.75)
Longest Run: 5.9 kilometres (Karel’s T-bar to Friday Flat.)
Permanent population: 200
Average Snowfall: 203cm
2005 Top Snow Depth: 150.2cm
Snowmaking: 25% of the resort