Mans­field fam­i­lies can en­joy Mt Buller on a bud­get

Mt Buller News - - NEWS - By RHYLL McCOR­MACK

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 who 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 Mt 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 Burke 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,” she said.

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 want 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 Mt Buller back­yard. PHOTO: MT Buller

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