Falls Creek will un­veil their new $9 mil­lion Ea­gle Ex­press chair­lift

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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.

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