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Falls Creek announces $9 million Eagle Chairlift redevelopment
Global attractions operator Merlin Entertainments Group has announced that a proposed $9 million upgrade to Falls Creek’s popular Eagle chairlift will be opened for the 2018 winter season.
Approved by the Victorian Government the brand new Leitner-Poma designed chairlift will replace the original Eagle Chair, located in the Village Bowl precinct at Falls Creek.
The upgrade will reveal a high-speed, detachable quad (four-person) model that features automatic, self-locking safety bars to provide enhanced security. The new and improved chairlift will transport even more skiers and provide efficient and safer travel to the top of the alpine resort - with a capacity of 2,400 skiers per hour covering a distance of 5.1 metres per second.
Announcing the development, Falls Creek Ski Lifts’ General Manager, Sharon Raguse stated “as Victoria’s largest Alpine resort, Falls Creek is delighted to demonstrate our commitment to the local community and the wider Victorian ski industry by delivering this significant investment.
“Following this year’s successful season, snow lovers now have even more to look forward to in 2018 with a faster, safer and more comfortable chairlift, ensuring even more time can be spent on the slopes.”
The existing chairlift seats will be rehomed - a selection will be available to purchase by Falls Creek guests and lodge owners at a public auction during the final week of the 2017 season with proceeds donated to the Falls Creek Museum. The remainder will be converted to bench seating and public art within the resort.
The original Eagle Chair was installed in 1979 and is one of Falls Creek’s most popular chairlifts, providing a spectacular scenic view on the way to the mountain top. Construction work for the upgrade is expected to begin by November 2017 and is due to be completed by May 2018.
The upgrade is the second multi-million-dollar ski investment made in two years by Merlin Entertainments Group, who also operate Mount Hotham.
Earlier this year, a $4.4 million expansion to Hotham’s snowmaking infrastructure was completed, assuring even more snow and encouraging thousands of skiers and snowboarders to flock to the Victorian ski fields.
Merlin Entertainments’ Divisional Director - Australia and New Zealand, Rob Smith, noted, “The news of this significant upgrade at Falls Creek in 2018, following last year’s expansion at Hotham, signals Merlin Entertainments’ continued support and passion for enhancing the local alpine industry.
“We are very proud to operate two of Victoria’s most-popular ski fields and we are committed to continually setting the bar to deliver an exceptional experience for visitors.”
For further information go to www.fallscreek.com.au
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5th August 2017 - CLIMATE TO INCREASINGLY IMPACT AUSTRALIA’S SKI INDUSTRY
23rd July 2017 - FALLS CREEK NAMED VICTORIA’S LEADING SKI RESORT
18th July 2017 - 2017 SEES FALLS CREEK MARK 70 YEARS OF OPERATIONS
8th June 2017 - VICTORIAN SKI RESORT FALLS CREEK READY FOR SEASON OPENING
24th June 2017 - FIRST TIMERS INTRODUCED TO SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING AT MT HOTHAM
12th June 2017 - RECORD BREAKING OPENING WEEKEND AT MOUNT HOTHAM
23rd January 2017 - VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT TO REFORM MANAGEMENT OF VICTORIA’S ALPINE RESORTS
26th September 2016 - MT BULLER GUARANTEES SNOW FOR OPENING WEEKEND OF THE 2017 SKI SEASON
27th April 2016 - MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS MARKS FIVE YEARS OF OPERATIONS IN AUSTRALASIA
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