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What's new 2012 | Tessa Cook
2012 looks set to be a big year in the Australian resorts. Electronic ticketing and eStore's are what all the buzz is about at the moment, all the major resorts now have online purchasing and a host of other useful features...
Plus check out the Ultimate Perisher Ski Bum competition and the Carlton Dry Ultimate Snow Job!
Perisher's been busy...
On the hill they've installed new automated snowmaking at Blue Cow, over $600 000 to improve snow coverage and energy efficiency. Pushing all that snow around will be three new snow groomers and with a $100 000 manicure the slopes are smoothed, trimmed and ready to go. Plus a new 'Sunkid Rotondo Carousel' in the kids' learning area.
In the shops there's a brand new demo store on the lower level of the Perisher Centre, boasting a range of Burton, K2, Salomon and Volkl gear to try before you by and $400 000 worth of new hire equipment means hiring gear will be better than ever. The Smiggin Hole ticket office has been refurbished for speedier ticket purchasing and there's a new retail outlet so you can grab a few goodies while you're there.
Perisher's embraced technology with an improved MyRide Dashboard - new functionality means guests will be able to track the areas of the mountain skied, vertical metres and more. Plus additional MyRide gates at Sun Valley, Wentworth and Hume lifts will mean more accurate MyRide stats. The Perisher iPhone app and mobi site will be giving guests snow conditions, lift status, events, deals and more.
On the hill Falls will welcome a new top of the line snow cat to create perfect pistes and upgraded snowmaking around the Wombat's Ramble area means there will be more snow to push around.
Falls has launched a free iPad app which features snow reports, snow cam, and lift status data, resort tweets and the latest deals and packages. The new eStore will streamline ticket purchasing and equipment hire by allowing guests to pre-purchase and pre book their tickets, lessons and equipment.
Buller's $5 million upgrades include...
On the hill Buller's installed its third new chairlift in seven years - the Bonzer quad chair - on the northern slopes plus revamped the Hawqua chair with all new Poma chairs with kids' safety bumpers and installed new magic carpets on the northern slopes. With all these new lifts it's a good thing they've also added some new snowmaking and a new ticketing system; so there's more snow to ski and a more streamlined process to get you on it!
The all new B-Tag ticketing system with RFID technology means guests can pre-purchase their tickets online, reload their pass throughout the winter and even give themselves credit on their pass to spend at the food and beverage and retail outlets around the resort.
When guests arrive in the village this winter they'll find the new-look Buller Community Centre with a brand new upstairs featuring an information centre, post office and interpretive centre with displays showing Buller's history.
Hotham's new electronic point of sale and ticketing system will make mountain access even easier in 2012. The RTP (Resort Technology Partners) system will create streamlined pre-purchase of lift tickets and lessons, pre-organisation of equipment hire plus the ability to register the kids into the snowsports school programs prior to arrival at the resorts.
Hotham's Learn to Ski Week from 16 - 22 June, 2012 will provide an occasion for first timers - no matter how old or young - to hit the slopes in a supportive environment along with other visitors who are new to the snow.
And over in Thredbo...
On the hill Thredbo's sporting a brand new Park Bully snow cat, especially designed to shape perfect park features. And with the return of the Mother BagJump there's even more reasons to perfect your park technique. Plus new RFID access gates across the mountain to make that lift waiting time even more streamlined.
In the shops there's a heap of new rental gear - $350 000 worth to be precise including new clothing, helmets and the latest in boot, ski and board technology to make those turns a little easier. If you're in the market for a new helmet system the new Heads Up helmet and goggle shop at Valley Terminal specializes in gear from the neck up.
Thredbo's upgraded the MyThredbo system, no only are there more gates across the resort, you can now store credit on your MyThredbo pass to use at retail and food and beverage outlets across the resort - no more dropping your money on the slopes for the maintenance crews to find in the spring!
The Thredbo Live Phone App will be up and running for winter 2012 and it has all you need to know about the snow. All your weather, snow, dining, wining, activities, videos, pics and trail tracking - and you can even use it to buy your lift pass!