Official Opening of Perisher’s Leichhardt Chairlift

July 27th, 2019
Photo: Perisher

Mountainwatch | Press Release

Today at Perisher, we saw the Official Opening of the Leichhardt Quad Chairlift.

The new lift was opened by The Hon. John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade and Member for Monaro.

Together with a crowd of resort guests the event was attended by The Hon. John Sidoti MP, Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, Chris Jarnot, Executive Vice President – Mountain Division, Vail Resorts and Pete Brulisauer, Chief Operating Officer, Perisher and Australia.

The new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift has brought great benefits to the resort; increasing lifting capacity in the area by a huge 75% and giving guests more time to ski and board popular runs including The Cleft, Powder Ridge, Snowy Trails and the Leichhardt Terrain Park.

The replacement of the steep, advanced only Leichhardt T-bar with the chairlift has also opened up the area to children and beginner riders, providing another option to the nearby Happy Valley T-bar.


Left to right: Chris Jarnot, John Sidoti, John Barilaro, Pete Brulisauer

“It’s great to see Perisher making such significant investments to continue the growth of the resort,” Mr Barilaro said “Infrastructure such as the Leichhardt Quad Chairlift ensures Monaro has the best ski fields in the country.”

In addition to the new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift, the $4.2 million project also saw the installation of additional snowmaking machines. Snowmaking now extends from the base of Happy Valley area to the base of the new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift; this has improved snow conditions and early season access to one of Perisher’s most popular runs.

“It’s been an exciting time for us at Perisher! The new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift has been a huge success this winter making the Leichhardt area more accessible for skiers and boarders of all abilities, we look forward to its continued success throughout the season.” Pete Brulisauer, Chief Operating Officer, Perisher and Australia.