The best is yet to come this sea­son on Buller

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

MT BULLER has con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence very strong visi­ta­tion across the 2016 win­ter sea­son, and to date the re­sort has wel­comed more than 200,000 visi­tors, which is 27 per cent above the 10-year av­er­age for this time of the sea­son.

“Th­ese high lev­els of day visi­ta­tion has meant that ad­di­tional trans­port has been re­quired to en­sure visi­tors can be trans­ported safely to and from the Vil­lage, and ad­di­tional staff have also been put on to as­sist cus­tomers around the re­sort,” said Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling RMB chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Hu­ber.

“We have had th­ese ad­di­tional ser­vices in place since the first big days were ex­pe­ri­enced, and will do so as far we see sim­i­lar num­bers of guests vis­it­ing the re­sort.

“As Mt Buller con­tin­ues to grow in visi­ta­tion year on year and de­mo­graph­ics change there are new and unique chal­lenges fac­ing the re­sort, which will see us in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to meet cus­tomers’ needs via a range of ini­tia­tives,” John said.

As the sea­son con­tin­ues so does the fun on the moun­tain.

Last week­end saw the an­nual Light Up The Night lantern ski run down Bourke Street all for a good cause.

Bourke Street lit up as hun­dreds of skiers and snow­board­ers car­ried coloured lanterns down the pop­u­lar ski run dur­ing the an­nual ‘Light the Night’ event.

In the first ‘Light the Night’ event in Aus­tralia in 2016, the Mt Buller com­mu­nity came to­gether to raise funds and aware­ness of blood cancer.

In over­cast con­di­tions lantern hold­ers made their way down Bourke Street, pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors with an uplift­ing and visu­ally stun­ning event.

Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s an­nual fundrais­ing event to help more Aus­tralians beat blood cancer by im­prov­ing sur­vival rates and qual­ity of life.

Com­ing up next week are the In­ter­schools Alpine and Moguls events where thou­sands of school chil­dren take part in rac­ing in all dis­ci­plines of snow sports - com­pet­ing at all lev­els.

And there is still more to come as win­ter en­ter­tain­ment just gets bet­ter at Buller.

Visi­tors can en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment on Mt Buller’s Vil­lage Stage ev­ery Satur­day af­ter­noon through­out Au­gust.

A range of free mu­si­cal per­for­mances will be on dis­play each week, pro­vid­ing visi­tors with a fun and mu­si­cal vibe dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

The full list of en­ter­tain­ers in­cludes Satur­day, Au­gust 20 – Soul Sa­fari - gather around the Vil­lage Stage for a mov­ing set from 2pm.

And on Satur­day, Au­gust 27, Wadaiko Rindo will hit the stage - a high en­ergy Ja­panese drum­ming group out of Mel­bourne.

Mov­ing into Septem­ber there is still the very pop­u­lar 80s day when ev­ery­one dresses in their ‘flu­o­ros’, the fun­nier Pond Skim event which has ev­ery­one in stitches of laugh­ter, the judg­ing of the Peak Pics com­pe­ti­tion, Buller X of course when con­di­tions are just ‘per­fect’.

For those not into the hard and fast paced ski­ing there are the gen­tler ac­tiv­i­ties such as snow­shoe­ing, snow­gain­ing, tele­mark­ing, sled dog tours, a stroll through the sculp­ture park, visit the Na­tional Alpine Mu­seum, say hello to the gnomes dur­ing a Gnome Roam or seek out the his­tory of the moun­tain in the re­cently in­tro­duced Mt Buller His­tory Hunt.

For more ac­tiv­i­ties and fun to be had dur­ing the re­main­der of Au­gust and through Septem­ber visit www.mt­buller.com.au.

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