Gondola to Replace Merritts

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  1. Bluebird Snowbird

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    Methinks the subtext would be 365 day lift with bike capacity.
     
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    That would definitely open up the possibility of a beginner bike park..
     
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    Wow, gonna miss her! The hose covered link chain safety device is endearing.

    Merritt’s restaurant suddenly needs to double it’s capacity

    Move snowplay up there too and get more tickets
     
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    I see a mid station as well. Realigned high noon.. .
     
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    2000 pp hour.
     
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    It's pretty sheltered too.
     
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    Will make a difference to skier movement in the mornings.
     
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    Parking? Lol
     
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    Put the Gondy base at F F.
     
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    In the olden days the bottom of High Noon was Creek Station on the Merritts Chair. There was no Gunbarrel.

    Riding High Noon meant a ride up Merritts Chair, then the longer of the duplex T-bars and a long traverse. Then an end at Creek Station and downloading or another trip up Merritts. It was a bit of a hassle, and not many people did it, even assuming that there was enough snow to get to Creek Station. The run was a lot narrower and never groomed.
     
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    If they make the gunbarrell traverse more friendly after it hits the Merritt’s runs then they won’t need to
     
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    Good God no
    It's like a Grand Final crowd there already with the beginners and Gunbarrel crew
     
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    A gondola would be an Aussie first?
     
  15. MisterMxyzptlk

    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty

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    For snowsports I can't think of another
    Tourist wise there's a few
    Taronga Zoo,Skyrail in Cairns,SeaWorld Gold Coast....I'm sure there's plenty more around
     
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    Buller had a few gondolas mixed in with the chairs on horse hill when it first opened
     
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    Thredbo has a gondola
     
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    I thought that they a few for night use to the restaurant
     
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    true, but does it ever get used for snow sports?
     
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    Will there be heated seats in the gondola?
     
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    Buller
     
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    First dot point mentions construction of a Half pipe as well. It's good to see investment in our resorts after years of stagnation.
     
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    I hope they don't end up regretting this engineering decision...

    To further minimise impacts on the environment, the up-hill lift safety line (communications cable) will not be trenched and installed underground which is the traditional and preferred method for installation. Instead, the cable will be installed aerially between each tower as a ‘catenary’. This is only possible due to the sheltered location of the lift alignment and being located within the tree line, therefore subject to less wind and ice than what higher lifts are subject to. This will significantly reduce the environmental impacts associated with the construction of the lift with no trenching and no need for the associated disturbance from vehicle tracks along the entire lift line.​
     
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    But this looks great

    The Merritts double chairlift was constructed in 1967 and represents the oldest lifting infrastructure within the Thredbo Alpine Resort. Although the lift drive and haul rope were recently upgraded, the construction life of the lift is shortly coming to an end. The proposed timeframe for construction of the replacement lift is to commence in October 2018, with the lift commencing operation in June 2019​
     
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    They want to store the gondolas at the mid-station, not at the top or bottom
     
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    This i
    good idea

    Mid station isn’t much higher than base really
     
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    That's the problem with a new base station- there really isn't anywhere else
    They could have got creative and run it out of the carpark with a dog leg uphill at the mid station maybe?
     
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    Really needs snowmaking on dream run to complement the gondola.
     
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    I’ve only seen a handful of dog legged chairs and I reckon they’d cost a bomb
     
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    They need to widen high noon too, it’s so narrow at some points
     
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    Noooooo. I wish it was still the old run pre Gunbarrell. It was a hoot back then, and no beginners got anywhere near it.
     
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    1984 called, they said to say hi
     
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    Magic!

    Agreed!

    Really? I don’t think it’s narrow at all.
     
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    It still does.
     
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    They'll need to build a big snow play area at merritts.
    Maybe top of dream run?
    Send the sleds down into the Grove?
     
  38. dawooduck

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    This is good, nice an cold in there for snow making.
     
  39. Telemark Phat

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    Well there's the DA to prove it. There's minimal disturbance with this DA so I'll be surprised if consent is refused or if the project is delayed.
     
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    Thredbo send to be in a hurry to replace Merritts. New NSW veg laws require projects like this to purchase or plant offsets of the same ecology. There isn't much montane country in NSW which isn't already protected, so by minimising disturbance as much as possible the project can be approved faster. It's probably something Thredbo will revisit at a later date.
     
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    High noon isnt being realigned though is it? There'll be an short exit ramp but thats it for run changes. Mid station will be awesome for windy upper mountain closed days. Can still lap dream run and schuss area
     
  42. AWJ

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    8 person gondola seems pretty excessive for a 1800m long lift?! Gonna be a lot of sightseers at merrits going forwards based on that potential supply..
     
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    I saw in the da that thredbo beat the new laws applying (feb 25 from memory) a few days, hence the hurry
     
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    I think that was a da from over a decade ago
     
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    Should be room for bikes or plenty of beginners.
     
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    Yeah, I'm struggling to think of why you'd put a Gondola in there rather than a new detachable chair. Summer season MTB makes a lot of sense. I really don't mind more skier/boarder traffic on that side of the hill though, seeing as I barely go to that side.
     
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    Wedding venue.
    Merritts restaurant at night.
    Summer MTB hub.
     
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    Oh yeah going to those toilets on a cold winters night - yippeee!!!
     
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    To quote the Thredbo proposal...

    The options for a replacement lift that would increase uphill lift capacity that were considered by KT include a fixed grip quad chairlift, a detachable quad chairlift, a detachable chondola lift (a combined quad chair and gondola) and a detachable gondola lift.

    A detachable gondola lift was chosen as the preferred lift installation over these other lift types as it provides the resort and its customers a large range of benefits, including:
    • Replacement of an outdated lift with a vastly upgraded facility that would meet current expectations of safety and convenience.
    • Provide a safe, comfortable and fast mode of transport between the base of the mountain (Valley Terminal), the mid-station and the base of the Merritts ski area including Merritts restaurant.
    • Facilitate the Merritt’s ski area as the primary intermediate ski area on the mountain for beginner progression, by providing a safer and more convenient mode of transport both and up and down the mountain, particularly for ‘Thredboland’ kids downloading to Friday Flat.
    • Provide a unique opportunity for customers to ride a gondola within an alpine environment, the first in Australia with gondola cabins providing panoramic windows allowing for a unique all-round-view and creation of the sensation of being immersed in nature.
    • Provide a barrier-free access allowing for prams, wheelchairs or alternative winter and summer sports equipment to be transported.
    • Improve food and beverage delivery to the Merritts restaurant and removal of waste from the restaurant within an enclosed cabin that would prevent loss of goods and reduced litter (from birds and wind).
    • Provide for the comfortable loading and unloading of passengers of all abilities through the use of detachable grip technology that enables carries to separate from the haul rope in stations, whilst significantly improving the travel time from the current trip time of 20 minutes down to 6 minutes.
    • Increase lifting capacity by 384% (520 people per hour to 2000 people per hour).
    • Provide non skiing patrons (foot passengers) a vastly improved and safer lifting option to the Merritts area, including mountain restaurant.
    • Ease congestion on other lifts and provide improved skier circulation between Valley Terminal, the mid-station including High Noon ski run and the base of Merritts ski area.
    • Provide summer recreation and sightseeing opportunities within the Merritts area.
     
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    Perhaps they can improve the heating, enclose the walkway and install Toto Washlets with seat heaters...