The Easy Rider Chair

17/12/2014 2:32pm

It has been a challenging start to the summer: We have had wind, rain and snow over the last few weeks and for the first time ever we can say that the snow is not welcome. The Porters crew have been working hard preparing for the chairlift installation and the snow has not made the job any easier. The old T-bar one is now completely dismantled and earthworks are underway re-shaping the terrain.

 
T-1 waiting for collection with fresh snow on Bluff in November, can you believe it?

We have taken delivery of the towers for the new chairlift. They are now sitting in our car park ready for Doppelmayr to place in position. In the meantime Doppelmayr have been kept busy tying the reinforcing steel and digging holes for the tower foundations and getting ready for the concrete to be poured.  


 Delivery day, photo Luke Armstrong

Earthworks have started in earnest. Phil and his crew of digger and scraper operators are not wasting any time creating our new beginners area, it is growing by the day promising an incredible learners area for next season.

             
The ever growing beginners area                   

We have had hundreds of very worthy entries in the competition to name the new chairlift, some funny and some unpublishable! among the notable entries were "Chairway to seven" -very clever, and "The Trans-Porter"- a nice play on words. After much deliberation a decision has been made.

"The Easy Rider" chairlift will be taking people up to enjoy our beautiful mountain for years to come. The name "Easy Rider" was entered by Sam Marsh, Sam has been skiing at Porters since he could walk so we are stoked that he has won our prize. Sam will be first in line for the chair on opening day. Sam and three of his friends will recieve a free all-mountain day pass, a free private lesson, a personal escort round the mountain for the day (if the escort can keep up), and a dlicious meal in our café. Congratulations Sam!


Sam Marsh, photo John O'Malley