Mt Hotham ready for a “gun” season NEW SNOWMAKING AT HOTHAM
THIRTY-THREE hectares of Mt Hotham’s terrain can now be covered by mountain-made snow after the completion of a $4.4 million expansion to the resort’s snowmaking infrastructure.
The installation of 18 new hydrants and 12 fully-automated TechnoAlpin snowguns on the Summit over the summer is the final stage in Hotham’s snowmaking master plan which began almost 20 years ago.
The project’s completion means an extra 600 cubic metres, or about 25 dump trucks, of snow can be made every hour.
From the top of the Summit to the bottom of Heavenly Valley, across green, blue and black terrain there is now snowmaking.
Mount Hotham Skiing Company general manager Belinda Trembath said being able to guarantee snow on another beginner run was great for all skiers and snowboarders.
“For guests new to snowsports, the Summit is key terrain for them to develop their skills while enjoying uninterrupted views across the resort to Mt Feathertop,” she said
“This whole area is now going to be ‘snow sure’ from much earlier in the season.
“We’ll be able to build a base here for all the natural and mountain-made snow to come this season, which should ensure the great terrain in this area skis beautifully right through to the end of the season in late September, perhaps even beyond.”
Last year six new snowguns were added in the Low- er Imagine and Canyon area on Heavenly Valley.
The $4.4 million is the single biggest investment in snowmaking at Hotham since the resort partnered with government in 2008 to install the Loch snowmaking dam.
Ms Trembath said visitors to Mt Hotham from this winter on will notice a significant difference in the amount of terrain open at certain times in the season.
“People up here in June and September, taking advantage of the great shoulder season deals, are going to be the immediate beneficiaries of this investment and all this work,” she said.
“In the right conditions, we can make 600 cubic metres more snow than we could before.
“On a good cold snowmaking night, that’s literally hundreds, possibly thousands more truckloads of snow on areas that haven’t been covered by snowmaking before.
“Hotham skiers and snowboarders will be reaping the rewards of this project for decades to come.” Heavenly Valley area - summer 2015/16 The Summit - summer 2016/17 Total investment: $4.4 million 24 new TechnoAlpin fan guns 2.4 kilometres of water mains 24 new snowmaking outlets A new electricity sub-station A fourth pump at the main pumping station.