Charlotte Pass Snow Resort has announced a $10 million, 10-year capital investment program for the resort.
THE announcement made in July will see an unprecedented investment at Charlotte Pass which will include an increase in lifting capacity, refurbishment of Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel and extending their season to open on the June long weekend.
Kevin Blyton, Chairman of the Blyton Group said the “announcement demonstrates our commitment to the long-term growth of Charlotte Pass Snow Resort. We believe this investment over the next 10 years will transform Charlotte Pass, building on its legacy as an on-snow experience like no other”.
One of the highlights will see an expansion of accessible terrain through the installation of a brand-new surface lift towards Mount Stilwell and the replacement of the Basin Poma with a new surface lift.
The new next generation Basin surface lift will be tailored specifically to beginners and increase capacity. The resort will undertake a feasibility and environmental impact study (EIS) and prepare a development application (DA) and EIS statements for both new lifts.
New automated snowmaking will also be installed to cover the Kosciuszko Triple Chair (to Mid-Station), Kosi Carpet and Basin Poma areas including a new pumping station and fully automated snowmaking gun.
In what is great news for early season skiers, CPSR will extend their opening times to operate from the June to October long weekend each year.
The ‘Grand Old Lady of the Mountains’, the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel will undergo a major refurbishment of all guest rooms plus food and beverage outlets.
The resort said the Chalet will still retain its heritage characteristics, but the accommodation will see an upgrade of all guest rooms and suites, re-configuration of Adams cocktail lounge and the cellar bar. The current gift shop and general store will see expansion.
This investment will also see the development of year-round activation of the resort. The construction of conference and multifunction facilities at rear of the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel will facilitate functions and conferences of various sizes. They will also look to develop a summer events program.
The resort will also move towards the provision of accommodation, food and beverage facilities year-round, as well as the operation of the Kosciuszko Triple Chair during peak periods outside of winter.
Access to Charlotte Pass is via oversnow transport for 8km from the Skitube building at Perisher. The transport fleet will be expanded to include two additional oversnow vehicles to ensure ongoing rapid, safe and reliable access to the resort.
Charlotte Pass will also be investing in a range of initiatives to improve the environmental performance of the resort. The sewerage treatment plant (STP) will see a replacement of automated programmable logic controllers plus additional construction on the STP to re-clad buildings and a new roof over outdoor tanks.
Roads within the resort will be sealed, the development of a stormwater monitoring program and increased investment in energy saving initiatives. There will also be a development of a new waste and recycling program to increase awareness.
In addition to works on the Chalet, a new staff accommodation building will be constructed and a re-configuration of the current Bella Vista staff accommodation to become the new Charlotte Pass Snow Centre.
This new centre will encompass an expanded space for further development of children’s snowsports programs, a new day lodge venue and be the central oversnow transport hub. The existing snow centre will become a dedicated equipment hire centre.
The Charlotte Pass 10-year masterplan will deliver the new initiatives from 2019 onwards and all proposed works and timeframes are subject to NSW Government planning approval process.
For more information visit www.charlottepass.com.au.