First Gondola For Local Ski Fields

Thredbo’s elevating things ahead of an expected bumper season.

By Terry Christodoulou 19/06/2020

Rattling chairlifts are no longer the only way to head up the Snowies this season, with Thredbo Resorts officially launching the country’s first alpine gondola.

Following two years of planning, the Merritt’s Gondola makes its first pass tomorrow, ahead of Thredbo’s official opening on June 22.

The eight-passenger, cabin style lift is akin to those found across Europe and North America and will serve as a vital inter-mountain link.

“The launch of the gondola is a huge event for Thredbo,” says Stuart Driver, Thredbo Resort’s general manager. “The completion of this phase of our development plan will enhance the customer experience and continue to ensure we remain Australia’s premier resort.”

The gondola will provide easier access to Friday Flat and Cruiser areas, as well as elevated access for foot passengers. It will also take pressure off the existing Kosciuszko Express and Gunbarrel Express chairlifts.

The upgrades to the resort are part of a broader strategy which sees improvements to snowmaking and grooming, alongside environmental initiatives making Thredbo Australia’s first snow resort to have all operations powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Thredbo and Mount Buller both open – to restricted numbers – on Monday, with Perisher, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham opening June 24 and Charlotte Pass on June 26.

Given various COVID-19 restrictions, check relevant resort websites before heading up this season.


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