Corin Forest plans new ski slope and lift

Ian Bushnell 20 July 2020 17
Corin Forest Mountain Resort

The ski area at Corin Forest Mountain Resort. A second ski slope and lift is proposed. Photos: Corin Forest.

The Corin Forest Mountain Resort is wanting to expand its capacity by building a new ski slope and lift, and has received an environmental thumbs-up for the project.

The facility at Paddy’s River in the Tidbinbilla Range, south-west of Canberra, has proposed the construction of a ski lift and ski slope on the south-facing slope within the Corin Forest Mountain Reserve.

It plans to clear 2.25 hectares of native vegetation, carry out earthworks and install a ski lift and load and offload points, bull wheels and towers to add to the existing ski slope, snow-play area and alpine slide.

The resort owner, which has provided Flora and Fauna and Aboriginal Heritage assessments, had put to the Conservator of Flora and Fauna Ian Walker that its proposal was unlikely to have a significant adverse environmental impact.

Mr Walker agreed this would be the case if the project was carried out as described and under the conditions set.

Vegetation at the site includes Alpine Ash, Snow Gum, Sub-alpine Wet Heathland and Black Sallee Grass-Herb Woodland. There are also at least three species of mammals, one species of frog and 38 species of birds, two of which – the Winged Triller and the Little Eagle – are threatened.

But Mr Walker says the site and extent of works has been well chosen to avoid impacts to the Sub-alpine Wet Heathland, and the vegetation to be cleared is widespread and very well reserved within the ACT.

Snow making and grooming at Corin Forest

Snowmaking and grooming at Corin Forest.

The main area to be cleared is in an already disturbed region and about half is regrowth from the 2003 bushfires, although there are eight hollow-bearing trees in the montane forested area.

There should be no direct impacts on the alpine bog community and indirect impacts are likely to be minimal, Mr Walker said.

The development area does not include the habitat of the Channelled Leek Orchid or important nesting, sheltering or foraging habitat for threatened or rare fauna, and the proposal does not significantly impact on wildlife corridors.

The proposal should not impact on the flow into Gibraltar Creek and exotic species will not be sown along the ski slope or lift alignment.

Conditions include precautions to prevent the introduction of weeds, the hollow-bearing trees will be felled outside the bird breeding season, and no work will be done on Total Fire Ban days or when the ground is wet and boggy.

Corin Forest is the only commercial snow facility in the ACT and the closest ski or snow-play area to Canberra, about a 45-minute drive away.

It rarely snows at Corin but the resort uses snow-making technologies overnight when temperatures plunge to provide a consistent cover up to 2.5 metres deep.

In 2019 Corin Forest invested in all-weather snowmaking technology as part of its climate change strategy. The machine makes flake ice inside the unit using refrigeration so the resort is not reliant on sub-zero temperatures in order to produce snow.

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17 Responses to Corin Forest plans new ski slope and lift
Capital Retro Capital Retro 12:16 pm 22 Jul 20

“In 2019 Corin Forest invested in all-weather snowmaking technology as part of its climate change strategy. ………….”

I hope they are using clean, renewable energy to power the snow makers otherwise it would be totally counter-productive, wouldn’t it?

Chris Lainger Laing Chris Lainger Laing 11:21 am 22 Jul 20

Mark Piper hopefully a half decent jump

Tony Awad Tony Awad 6:37 am 22 Jul 20

Yeah good news !!!

Elizabeth Ann Thurbon Elizabeth Ann Thurbon 10:22 pm 21 Jul 20

Good luck finding a park. Parking guy there is a ratbag.

Rein Karja Rein Karja 9:00 pm 21 Jul 20

Monique Louise did you know of this 🤷‍♂️ I never knew

    Monique Louise Monique Louise 9:02 pm 21 Jul 20

    Rein Karja I think I

    Have heard of it before

Kai Grubb Kai Grubb 4:15 pm 21 Jul 20

Paige rival Perisher

Benny Richards Benny Richards 3:45 pm 21 Jul 20

Want to do here this weekend

Clive Owers Clive Owers 3:58 am 21 Jul 20

Let's hope they put some of the monies to improve the amenities. They are so old and blocked.

Liz Cusack Liz Cusack 9:26 pm 20 Jul 20

They need to build better change and bathroom facilities I think.....

Sharon Bredenhann Sharon Bredenhann 8:17 pm 20 Jul 20

Great to have snow access locally. Hope they improve the outdated smelly bogged toilet system

    Liz Cusack Liz Cusack 9:27 pm 20 Jul 20

    Sharon Battiss yep...why have a portable shipping-like container. When you have your ski/snow boots etc on and your gear, it can be quite squishy.

Bianca Leobaldo Bianca Leobaldo 7:04 pm 20 Jul 20

Vanessa Menezes Seu lugar favorito HAHAHAHA

Kelly Mccosker Kelly Mccosker 7:00 pm 20 Jul 20

Eva Anne this is the place I mentioned

Gray Jay Gray Jay 6:50 pm 20 Jul 20

Climate change and bushfires not withstanding

Sher Bee Sher Bee 6:43 pm 20 Jul 20

This would be wonderful for locals, children and a cheaper option for new skiers. Hope it gets the green light.

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