Fresh snow, kids’ week and num­bers are soar­ing

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

MT BULLER was cov­ered in a fresh dump of snow last Fri­day, with 20cm fall­ing at the re­sort over the pre­vi­ous 24 hours.

Snow bun­nies were cel­e­brat­ing this lat­est snow­fall, which saw freez­ing tem­per­a­tures bring fresh fluffy pow­der mean­ing skiers and board­ers could en­joy even more ter­rain.

On Fri­day 15 lifts were set to turn, with the Ly­dia Las­sila Chair­lift and the North­side Ex­press open­ing up fresh new ter­rain for vis­i­tors to en­joy for the first time this sea­son.

And an­nounced late on Fri­day 21 lifts were ex­pected to be op­er­at­ing over the week­end.

Group man­ager of mar­ket­ing, sales and events for Mt Buller Re­sort Man­age­ment, Gillian Dob­son, wel­comed the snow­falls.

“This fresh dump of snow has given us a fantastic top up,” Gillian said.

“The sub-zero tem­per­a­tures overnight meant the snow was light, fresh and fluffy – just the way we love it.

“It was per­fect tim­ing too, with school hol­i­days al­ready crank­ing up here and more snow fore­cast in the com­ing days, it’s the per­fect time to join us here on top of the world,” Gillian said.

“We were able to open more lifts with this fresh snow, and were ex­cited to hit some of our favourite ter­rain for the first time this sea­son.”

This lat­est snow­fall brought Mt Buller’s av­er­age depth in­clud­ing man­made snow to 90cm, with very good ski­ing across the re­sort.

Mt Buller is also cel­e­brat­ing Kids’ Week all week long, with the re­sort of­fer­ing plenty of spe­cial events and ac­tiv­i­ties for its lit­tlest vis­i­tors.

And the fun con­tin­ued this week, with kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, the ‘Bob­sled Beats’ night time to­bog­gan­ing with DJ and lights plus the fa­mous Bur­ton Cat­tle­man’s Rail Jam snow­board event hap­pen­ing this Satur­day (July 9).

Along with fresh snow and lots of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, vis­i­tor num­bers be­gan to climb for the first time this sea­son.

Week three of the sea­son saw Mt Buller vis­i­tor num­ber on the rise al­though Mt Stir­ling is yet to kick off.

Some 10,263 peo­ple ven­tured to Mt Buller while 165 sought out the seclu­sion of Mt Stir­ling.

Sur­pris­ingly, and con­sid­er­ing there has been low snow­fall recorded up un­til the be­gin­ning of week three, this was a 148 per cent rise from the 2015 com­par­i­son fig­ure for the same week.

Year-to-date fig­ures are up also by seven per cent from the pre­vi­ous year with 18,236 vis­i­tors to Mt Buller com­pared to 17,016 in 2015.

The lower num­bers in the first two weeks of the sea­son was a re­flec­tion of no snow - but then, when snow kicked in, num­bers started to pick up.

Over­all vis­i­ta­tion to all re­sorts for week three of this sea­son was 22,335 com­pared to 10,521 in 2015 – an increase of a mas­sive 112 per cent.

PHOTO Mt Buller & An­drew Rail­ton

WHEE! IT’S GREAT: Young Holly Barker of Mel­bourne cel­e­brated fresh snow at Mt Buller last week as she ‘belly slid’ her way to the bot­tom of Bourke Street dur­ing Kids’ Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

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