Fresh snow, kids’ week and numbers are soaring
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.
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.