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Snowmaking on Summit

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Stratus, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

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    I may have asked this last season, but have Falls Creek considered or have any plans to start snowmaking on the Summit in the coming seasons?

    My only thought is thats its a fair way from the generators and stuff that are over the other side of the mountain.
     
  2. carl-jay

    carl-jay First Runs

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    i thought summit did have snowmaking? its just that they only fire it up when begginner/intermediate terrain is all snowed up
     
  3. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    there is a little bit of snowmaking stuff on summit, but only to top up high wear bits as far as I can tell.
     
  4. fx 140 ski freek

    fx 140 ski freek Hard Yards

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    didnt they used to have snowmaking on the old village t bar run at 12 oclock from top of gulley chair or am i way off??
     
  5. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Gosh, I miss the Village T-bar. It serviced some of the most interesting blue runs in Australia. Along with Maltese Cross T-Bar at Baw Baw, it was the sort of lift that pushed upper intermediates into aquiring the skills to do black runs.
     
  6. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's pity they pulled it out. In high wind it could still run and give access to International & grand coer, as well as village, apres vous and lower part of caggabe patch. I don't thing its removal really opened up it run enough to offset that loss.
     
  7. ausi ski bum

    ausi ski bum A Local

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    It was mainly removed so they could do the earthworks around the Pan, if you remember there was a wall there some years back and now its a smooth bank.
     
  8. fx 140 ski freek

    fx 140 ski freek Hard Yards

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    i am with you currawong and bogong
    loved that t bar as it was always quiet and it gave you a good technical leg burn
    it was fun to push yourself down then head straight back up.
    whats the verdict on snow making there, was there some guns servicing the village t area??
     
  9. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    i don't recall any snowmaking on village, but I wouldn't go out on a limb on this.

    and I won't even begin to express my thoughts on pulling out a useful tow to landscape around a pub. I had never heard that as a justificaton, and I really hope that wasn't the key driver for the decision.

    you can still ski village (well, except for last year). It's a bit like that little girl with the curl. On a good day it is very, very good, but when it is bad....
     
  10. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    It was always my assumption that they pulled the Village T-bar out in anticipation of turning the International Poma (which has long queues), into a chairlift. Since chairs don't have bends in them, they would have to build such a chairlift across the upper Village run.

    I think the Village T-bar was demolished before large scale snowmaking was implemeneted at Falls Creek.
     
  11. spargo

    spargo First Runs

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    There are some 'bent' chairlifts in Europe (have seen one in France i'm sure - I think it was a 4 or 6 seat).. if the potential usage is high enough, why not do it here?
     
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  12. somebody else

    somebody else Hard Yards

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    At Kaprun, in Austria, a farmer didn't want a chairlift on his land. It cost 11m euros extra to build a corner.
     
  13. MeSki

    MeSki Hard Yards

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    Plenty of lifts with bends... to name a couple

    Snowflake at Breckenridge
    Excalibur at Whistler

    Not that rare.