Perisher turns white
Last week, the southern-hemisphere uplands registered their first snowfalls. In Perisher, the temperature was also ideal for starting up the snowmaking system, and the resort was once again among the first down under to begin blanketing its slopes with the white stuff.
Perisher, in New South Wales, is Australia's largest ski resort. Lying little more than 200 km from the capital, Canberra, it boasts nearly 50 ski lifts and 1,245 hectares of ski runs.
The work to extend the snowmaking system for the 2013 season was completed during the Australian summer, involving the Excelerator, Lower Escapade, Front Valley, and Zali's slopes. 32 V3 lances with centralized air, 3 tower-mounted TF10s, 4 lift-mounted TF10s, 2 mobile TF10s, 1 tower-mounted T40, and 1 mobile T40 were all installed, to boost the resort's capability to 130 lances and 50 fan guns. In addition, the ATASSplus control software was upgraded to the new version 3.2.
And on Monday, intrepid snowboarders were grabbing the chance to get out there and enjoy the first Australian winter snow. What better way to start the week?