Perisher’s proposed new 6 seater chair – highest in Australia

Artists render of the proposed 6 seater for Mt Perisher.

Perisher skiers and boarders may find a new chairlift under their Christmas tree with the official application lodged for a new six seater detachable chair on Mt Perisher.

While you’ve been turkey basting, the Vail Resorts owned resort have quietly lodged a planning application to demolish the existing Mt Perisher double built in 1961 and triple chairlift built in 1979 and install a new Doppelmayr six pack. 

According to the development application lodged on December 19 with the NSW department of planning and environment, the new chair base station will sit at 1733 metres and the top station at 2042 metres. 

This would eclipse Thredbo’s “highest lifted point” claim at 2037 metres at Karel’s T Bar, so watch this space.

The chairlift time from bottom to top is estimated to take around five and a half minutes and it is expected to cost around $20 million for installation and works. The top unload, based on the artist renders submitted with the application, is a proposed side unload.

Artist render of the Perisher planning application.

You can view the application renders online and the geographic analysis here. 

With approval planning and development, it is expected this project could potentially be completed in time for the 2021 season.

We have reached out to Vail Resorts head office for comment.

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