29 April 2009

more April snowfall pics

Source: Falls Creek Snowsports School

26 April 2009

22 April 2009

2009 ski lift prices survey

Adult day peak season ski lift prices at five major Australian alpine resorts were benchmarked against those sold at sixteen resorts in seven other developed countries. The survey does not compare other factors such as multi-day (or other) discounting, terrain, snow-depths or ski lift capacities. Additional 2009 survey features include an expanded coverage of New Zealand resorts and a trend analysis of Australian ski lift prices with the Consumer Price Index.

A copy of the 2009 ski lift prices survey can be downloaded from the AAC national website here (pdf).

ski lift prices & cpi

Ski lift prices at the five major Australian resorts have increased faster than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the past five years. The highest percentage increase in ski lift prices has been at Perisher (22.9%), followed by Thredbo (19.3%), Falls Creek & Hotham (18.3%) and Mt Buller (17.1%), while the CPI has increased by 15.3% over the same five year period.

A copy of the 2009 ski lift prices survey can be downloaded from the AAC national website here (pdf).

02 April 2009

four lodges, three resorts, one season lift pass

The acquisition of the Falls Creek and Hotham ski lifts by Arctic Capital in 2008 means that the owner of the Perisher ski lifts now operates two-thirds of the total ski lifts and controls about three-quarters of the skiable terrain at the major Australian alpine resorts.

A benefit of this new business arrangement for Australian Alpine Club members is that the combined ski lift companies are offering an Early Bird 'Super Season Pass' (before 28 May 2009) that will enable lift access at Falls Creek, Hotham and Perisher.

Australian Alpine Club members will be able to use this 'Super Season Pass' while enjoying their reciprocal booking rights and staying at either the Anton (Hotham), Dinner Plain, Falls Creek or Perisher lodges.

Early Bird 'Super Season Pass' prices are $1099 for adults and $570 for children. Details here.

Update: 'Hottest thing in the Snowies'