More snow, more fun to kick off the season
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.”
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.