New projects add to mountains of fun
Improved facilities both on and off the slopes
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.
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 ready to walk the red carpet.