Falls Creek will unveil their new $9 million Eagle Express chairlift
VISITORS to Falls Creek will be excited for the 2018 season with the new $9 million Eagle Express chairlift set to debut for the opening June weekend.
The new high speed Leitner-Poma detachable quad chair has replaced the old Eagle triple chair in the Village Bowl precinct and will increase capacity to 2,400 skiers per hour. The new chair also comes equipped with automatic self-locking safety bars for enhanced security.
The new work commenced in November with a flurry of activity over the summer months, and keen snow enthusiasts would have been watching the live “Eagle Express Cam” throughout the summer.
Helicopters were employed during the construction for most of the heavy lifting and staff are applying the finishing touches with the chair expected to be completed in May.
The new chair is also expected to remove some congestion in Slalom Plaza, and management have indicated they are also launching a transport solution at the top of the hill to take beginners from Eagle Express across to Cloud 9 for their lessons.
Utilising a Sherpa snow mobile and sixseater trailer, they will be able to transport a whole lesson across to their renowned Snowsports School.
The original Eagle chair installed in 1979 has always been popular for Falls Creek guests with chairs from the old lift available for sale at a 2017 end of season auction.
The resort has also spent an additional $1 million on a Park Pro grooming machine, the only one of its kind in Australia.
NEW: Construction on the new $9 million Eagle Express quad chair at Falls Creek.