New projects add to moun­tains of fun

Im­proved fa­cil­i­ties both on and off the slopes

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MT BULLER and Mt Stir­ling have the wel­come mat out and are look­ing for­ward to a big 2014 snow sea­son.

Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Hu­ber said that dur­ing a busy sum­mer of events, the board and em­ploy­ees have been work­ing hard to com­plete some great new im­prove­ments to the re­sorts both on and off the slopes.

Vis­i­tors can now check up to date con­di­tions at Mt Stir­ling with the added con­ve­nience of two brand new live we­b­cams.

“On Mt Buller, we’ve un­der­taken some largescale projects in­clud­ing the com­plete ren­o­va­tion of the for­mer Cow Camp Plaza, now known as the Vil­lage Square Plaza,” Mr Hu­ber said.

“This im­por­tant fa­cil­ity has un­der­gone a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion and re­fur­bish­ment in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a mez­za­nine level al­most doubling the seat­ing and din­ing ca­pac­ity.

“The Plaza now en­joys a new as­pect and en­trance from the Vil­lage Square, all new in­te­rior and fur­nish­ings, a cosy fire­place and even a lift to the mez­za­nine for ac­ces­si­bil­ity.”

Mr Hu­ber said vis­i­tors will be sure to en­joy the fresh new look and feel, and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to stop by and have a look.

“It re­ally adds class and com­fort to the heart of the re­sort,” Mr Hu­ber said.

In the ski fields, re­sort man­age­ment and Buller Ski Lifts (BSL) con­tin­ued to in­vest in snow­mak­ing in­fra­struc­ture with the com­ple­tion of the au­to­ma­tion of the snow­mak­ing sys­tem on the north­ern side of Bourke Street, fol­low­ing the pur­chase of six new fully au­to­matic snow­mak­ing guns.

“This im­prove­ment will see eight times more snow pro­duced than the ma­chines that were in place pre­vi­ously,” Mr Hu­ber said.

BSL made im­prove­ments to the lift­ing in­fra­struc­ture over the sum­mer, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a mid-load on the Tirol T-Bar im­prov­ing skier and snow­boarder ac­cess from the north side down to the Vil­lage.

De­cem­ber 2013 saw the launch of the Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park Walk, a di­verse collection of sculp­tural pieces dot­ted around the re­sort.

Vis­i­tors can en­joy the artis­tic dis­play year-round in var­ied alpine con­di­tions depend­ing on the sea­son, and even fol­low a pod­cast via our Mt Buller Walks app avail­able for your smart­phone.

“To kick off the sea­son we are now look­ing for­ward to host­ing our an­nual Open­ing Weekend cel­e­bra­tions,” Mr Hu­ber said.

There will be an abun­dance of fun for kids and fam­i­lies start­ing from 3pm, with free ac­tiv­i­ties across the weekend in­clud­ing face paint­ing, kids disco in the igloo, jug­gling, a magic show and much more.

“The weekend will wrap up with a night of fine food and wine at the Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute’s Open­ing Weekend Gala Din­ner, where you can min­gle with the Win­ter Olympians and share the glory of their ex­pe­ri­ences at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics; an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed,” Mr Hu­ber said.

“We hope you can join us as we cel­e­brate the open­ing of the sea­son, and we look for­ward to see­ing you up here, on top of the world at Mt Buller.”

Olympians Brodie Sum­mers, Cam Bolton, Katya Crema, An­ton Grimus and Emily Bam­ford will have a meet and greet from 3.30pm to 4pm just prior to the of­fi­cial open­ing at 4pm and then fol­lowed by the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Vil­lage Square Plaza (for­merly known as Cow Camp).

En­ter­tain­ment continues with warm gluh­wein or hot choco­late be­ing served up to 7pm, a kids’ disco in the gian igloo from 5pm to 6pm, live mu­sic to 6pm and the tra­di­tional fire­works dis­play (weather per­mit­ting) just af­ter 6pm.

Stan’s Band will con­tinue to en­ter­tain on stage up to 7pm when the open­ing weekend party at The Whitt will com­mence.

On Sun­day the bless­ing of the snow will take place at the Mt Buller Alpine Chapel at 10.30am and at 6.30pm on the Sun­day the Olympic Win­ter In­sti­tute Fundrais­ing Din­ner will be held at the Mt Buller Chalet Ho­tel from 6.30pm.

All in all this weekend’s open­ing of ski sea­son 2014 will be big, bet­ter and fam­ily friendly for all ages.

PHOTO: Cour­tesy GEPA

WEL­COME HOME: Mt Buller’s own Win­ter Olympian, An­ton Grimus, seen here com­pet­ing at Sochi in Fe­bru­ary, will be wel­comed home at this week­end’s open­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

IM­PRES­SIVE LINEUP: En­joy­ing the black tie 90th cel­e­bra­tions for Ski Club Vic­to­ria were (from left) Brian Ab­bott, Miranda Lansell, Matt Hill, Peter Stiebel, Suzie Bat­ten, An­drew Marks, So­nia Clark, John Dry­den and Cather­ine Wright - all at the en­trance...

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