I'd be more excited about the huge snowmaker investment but 2017 and 2018 seasons have skied all mountain early July so 2016 (or was that 2015...) memories have been totally wiped ;p
... If you're familiar with the valley I'd say likely to go from the open space to the south of the chair (mid station) past the dam and up to the S.E. of Stillwell trig, and I think someone already said with the replacement of the basin poma a small extension would make it viable to traverse from that to the new stillwell lift. what's their target? Stillwell trig is 2054m, the bell is 2037m?
... Beauty of CP is that a huge area is lifted with minimal lifts. Replace Guthries with a T would reduce ques there.
agreed. and the lines... both types. If I were dreaming (forget about the details) could you imagine a lift from the snowy river back up to stillwell instead, ski over the back from the chair, t, or Guthries. send Didj for a tow back if it goes on wind hold
returned from a week 16th year in a row skiing lifts and bc from Charlottes .
Someone pointed out the press release I said " Talk is cheap "
However I would nt mind it if they did put in a lift , it is more north facing and would soften up quicker on the many icy days, reasonably sheltered from the wind and beautiful old snowgums well spaced apart that didnt burn in the fires.
2 problems = the environmental case + the business case , hope he has plenty of money.
Charlotte's will always be hampered by the oversnow travel thing .
Good in a way cos its uncrowded
There is no where to build a car park. All of the flat areas near the base of CP are a federally listed Endangered Ecological Community (Alpine Bog and Associated Fen).
Surely Mt Hotham road is worse?I've said it before, I think they should plough the road (and I say plough, not necessarily clearing it to tarmac with salt and grit) just to the point they can run regular vehicles with big tires and/or chains. It would still be "oversnow", the road would still mostly have snow on it past Spencers creek, and still no public access over winter. They'd just save a toooon of money not having to run weird modified snow cats and tracked vehicles.
Surely Mt Hotham road is worse?
Michael Stening tried so many things with the Chalet in the 80's , and while there was patronage there just wasn't enough to make it viable , but maybe times have changed ????Hotham is definitely worse. But CP doesn't want easy access, they want exclusive access. And to be fair it has to be managed exclusively as they simply don't (and shouldn't) have any parking.
I think a focus on accommodating backcountry tourers in late September/October after the lifts stop running, would be a great area to expand into. I know a lot of lodges still take bookings, but keep the bar open, maybe get some packages going looking like a North American style "hut trip" with guiding included etc.