More snow, more fun to kick off the sea­son

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SNOW, ski lifts open, and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment prom­ises to make the open­ing of the ski sea­son at Mt Buller this week­end one to re­mem­ber.

The re­sort’s most popular ski run, Bourke St, will open for ski­ing and board­ing this Satur­day, June 6, with the re­sort look­ing for­ward to open­ing more lifts soon.

“Fresh falls last Sun­day, to­gether with cold con­di­tions ideal for snow­mak­ing have now seen the re­sort trans- formed into a win­ter won­der­land,” Lau­rie Blampied, gen­eral manager of Buller Ski Lifts (BSL), told Mt Buller News on Tues­day night.

“Our snow­mak­ing team have put in an amaz­ing ef­fort over the last 72 hours and guests can’t wait to hit the slopes for the first time on Satur­day.

“With more cold weather fore­cast later this week, we’re look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our snow mak­ing ef­forts and get­ting more ski ter­rain and lifts open, as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Off the slopes, the re­sort will cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing of the snow sea­son on Satur­day in the Vil­lage Square in­clud­ing free face paint­ing, com­pli­men­tary glüh­wein, fire­works and a live per­for­mance by ac­claimed Mel­bourne rock band, Call­ing All Cars.

Satur­day will also mark the of­fi­cial open­ing of the only Asian in­flu­enced food court in any Aus­tralian ski re­sort, Popo Kitchen, with a tra­di­tional Lion Dance pa­rade for guests to en­joy.

The cel­e­bra­tions will con­tinue on Sun­day, with the tra­di­tional Bless­ing of the Snow and more fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions manager, Gil­lian Dob­son, said the re­sort has even more to of­fer guests this sea­son, af­ter a busy sum­mer of im­prove­ments.

“Mt Buller’s world-class snow­mak­ing sys­tem has re­ceived a boost to the tune of around $500,000, with the pur­chase of a new sub­mersible pump which will in­crease snow­mak­ing ca­pac­ity by 30 per cent and al­low the re­sort to pump 800 litres of snow per sec­ond dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods,” she said.

“Eight ad­di­tional fully au­to­matic snow­mak­ing guns have also been pur­chased, to be in­stalled on the south­ern side of Bourke Street, com­plet­ing the au­to­ma­tion of Mt Buller’s most popular ski run.”

The ex­ist­ing guns will be re­lo­cated to the south side of Baldy – sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of this ter­rain.

Also on the slopes, the much-loved Tirol T-Bar has re­ceived a ma­jor up­grade with the ex­ist­ing diesel mo­tor re­placed by an elec­tric ver­sion.

Not only will this im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity of this lift, which has been op­er­at­ing since 1972, but fur­ther un­der­pins the re­sort’s com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly so­lu­tions on the moun­tain.

In the vil­lage, vis­i­tors will have a brand new dining fa­cil­ity to visit with the ad­di­tion of an Asian food court.

Lo­cated within the Mt Buller Chalet Ho­tel and op­er­ated by Ex­tra­green Travel, this new food court will of­fer Ja­panese, Chi­nese, Malaysian and Viet­namese food served in an open easy style for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

Vis­i­tors look­ing for a unique way to en­joy the alpine en­vi­ron­ment this sea­son can en­joy an ac­tiv­ity of­ten re­served for those lucky enough to visit the north­ern hemi­sphere – sled dog tours.

Re­turn­ing to Mt Buller with their large team of Siberian Huskies, the Aus­tralian Sled Dog tours will of­fer a range of new tours and ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors, from a meet and greet with the dogs to an ex­tended half-day tour.

Mt Stir­ling (a short car ride or stunning snow­shoe walk from Mt Buller); of­fers vis­i­tors an au­then­tic alpine adventure, with back­coun­try ski­ing and snow­board­ing, cross-coun­try ski trails, snow camp­ing, in­ter­pre­tive snow­shoe walks and more.

Im­prove­ments have been made to the Mt Stir­ling re­sort for 2015, with the vis­i­tor cen­tre re­ceiv­ing a sig­nif­i­cant re­fur­bish­ment, and a brand new café has com­menced op­er­a­tion, of­fer­ing whole­some or­ganic food.

For more in­for­ma­tion, and ac­com­mo­da­tion bookings, visit mt­buller.com.au. FREE EN­TRY: Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment Board will again of­fer free re­sort en­try and overnight park­ing to Mans­field res­i­dents. Mans­field res­i­dents can en­joy free re­sort en­try and overnight park­ing from Fri­day, June 5 through to Mon­day, June 8, on pre­sen­ta­tion of their driver’s li­cence con­firm­ing their ad­dress de­tails.”

PHOTO: Mt Buller

PROMIS­ING SIGN: With the first falls of snow in May this year a huge win­ter sea­son is ex­pected - with lots of snow, ski­ing, board­ing and fun. En­joy­ing the first snow­fall in May were (from back) Ben An­n­ear and Kate Mono­han whoop­ing it up while Katie Bowker (front) pre­pares a snow ball for throw­ing.

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