Hotham Drop $1.7m Into Snowmaking

Hotham set to make more snow in 2010 with an additional $1.7 million investment in snowmaking.

Guests visiting Hotham Alpine Resort in winter 2010 will benefit from today’s announcement by parent company, Living and Leisure Australia (LLA), of an additional $1.7 million investment in snowmaking at the resorts.

Snowmaking power at Hotham Alpine Resort will increase by 40% this coming winter. An additional 22 state of the art high output TechnoAlpin fan snow guns will be installed on hydrant points throughout Hotham’s Heavenly Valley snowmaking network. The additional guns bring the resort’s total snow gun network to 77 high-output fan guns. This coverage across beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain includes 100% gun coverage on Hotham’s signature runs of Upper Imagine, Milky Way & Snake Gully and allows snow to be made from Mother Johnsons into The Canyon.  The new guns also provide snowmaking along the Mother Johnson’s Return trail from the top of Heavenly Valley to the Roadrunner chairlift. Guests will be able to enjoy more time on the Heavenly Valley area with the comfort of new restroom facilities at the top of the Heavenly Valley Chairlift in 2010.

Snowmaking helps to develop a solid base for the season, top up high traffic areas and keep popular access trails and ski areas open for longer.

John Schryver, LLA CEO said, “Previously installed snowmaking infrastructure helped to sustain a quality snow base through to the end of the 2009 snow season, which resulted in strong visitation building from early in the season.

“This commitment by LLA to its continued investment in snowmaking will provide guests with greater confidence when booking snow holidays in the earlier and latter parts of the snow season, including school holidays.”

The 2010 winter season opens on 12 June 2010.

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