Mansfield families can enjoy Mount Buller on a budget
FOR those who are not born and bred in Mansfield, the idea of a family outing to Mount Buller can be a daunting prospect.
The parking, the rentals, the chains and the money – it can all add up to be a costly day out, particularly for those with children in tow.
Living close to the mountain often means additional visitors over winter, all of whom want to get up to Mt Buller and experience the snow without breaking the bank.
“I have three kids but haven’t been to Buller yet, as I’m not a skier myself,” one local mother explained.
“I have no idea where to even begin – I thought I would just let the kids go up with their school, and when we have visitors we let them sort it out for themselves.”
The team at Mount Buller have come up with a range of tips to help local families experience their back yard.
“Borrow gear from friends and take advantage of things like the local buy/swap/sell and school sales to get ski gear for your kids,” Buller Ski Lifts PR and communications manager, Rhylla Morgan, said.
“Explore early and late season - June and September - when there are discounted lift passes and packages on offer.
“There are also good online only deals like $80 Thursdays which are good value and ideal if you can pop up outside the weekend periods.”
Mt Buller Ski Lifts also offer a Six-Day Anyday pass, at a saving of almost $150, meaning the purchaser can ski or board for six days at their discretion.
For families wanting to give skiing a go, but not wanting to outlay the lift ticket prices, night skiing is a great option.
Held every Wednesday and Saturday night from 5pm until the end of August, the Bourke Street chairlift is lit up under the night sky – and at only $22 a ticket, the skiing is affordable.
Other ways to reduce the cost, Rhylla said, was to ski with friends.
“Car pool or take advantage of the local bus lines to get up and down to the resort economically, and if you buy your resort entry online there is a discount.”
Mount Stirling offers cross country skiing, but with no associated lift tickets it is a great first time outing for those just wanting to experience the snow.
Likewise, consider travelling to the resorts during the week for less congested slopes and better deals.
Kate Monahan, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resorts media and communications officer, said there was something for everyone on mountain, even those who weren’t looking to strap on skis.
“There is so much to do both on and off the snow, that you’ll be spoilt for choice,” she said.
“On the snow, choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snowshoeing, while off the snow you can catch a movie at the cinema, hit the indoor rock climbing wall, pat a Husky, head out in search of gnomes with the Gnome Roam map and much more.”
It doesn’t matter if you want to toboggan, snowboard, ski or sight see, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort wants local residents to experience all that’s on offer.
For more information on lift tickets, mountain services and special package deals, visit the website at www.mtbuller.com.au.
FAMILY FUN: Mansfield families are being encouraged to get out and explore their Mount Buller backyard.