Drawn to The Sebel be­cause of snow and sun

Mt Buller News - - NEWS - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

THE Tay­lor fam­ily of Mel­bourne are snow lovers through and through.

Dad Nathan, mum Melissa (Mel) and daugh­ters Saskia (Sassi - 4) and Coco (7) are one such fam­ily that live for the snow dur­ing win­ter.

For the past two sea­sons the Tay­lor fam­ily have been com­ing to Mt Buller ev­ery week­end – par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the course of the Snow Squad pro­gram which lasts for 30 days - of which the girls are a part.

“We pack the car on Fri­days and head on up af­ter work,” Nathan said.

“We have stayed at The Sebel Pin­na­cle Val­ley each week­end as we can ar­rive at any time at night, carry the girls in­side if they are asleep and put them into bed, then wake up in the morn­ing and we are al­most at the snow­fields.

“It is then just a short drive up the moun­tain to the car park and from there onto the slopes, or if the traf­fic is busy then we can opt to catch a bus,” he said.

“We find The Sebel fam­ily friendly, the apart­ments are big­ger than what we could get on Buller and we have ev­ery­thing we need there – ex­tra ski­ing equip­ment and cloth­ing hire, a restau­rant and play ar­eas for the girls.”

Nathan said the staff at The Sebel are also very ac­com­mo­dat­ing – have be­come a lit­tle like their fam­ily, and the girls love Casey from the ski hire.

“We can come down off the moun­tain and en­joy a meal at the restau­rant with­out fuss.

“It’s a great re­sort with ev­ery­thing there – and we in­tend to come back in sum­mer as the girls can start bike rid­ing on trails and the fam­ily can pic­nic at Mir­im­bah Park or we can go up the moun­tain again,” Nathan said.

Coco has bonded with her ski in­struc­tor here at Buller and this sum­mer the fam­ily will travel to Ja­pan for fur­ther ski­ing – and Coco’s in­struc­tor will be at the re­sort over there to con­tinue her learn­ing.

“We have skied in the USA (Colorado) and Ja­pan and love Ja­pan,” Nathan said.

But it is the ease of reach­ing Mt Buller and the ski ex­pe­ri­ence here that the fam­ily find so good dur­ing win­ter.

“We can get out of Mel­bourne eas­ily on Fri­day and re­turn again on Sun­day and we are away from the bus­tle of the city – en­joy­ing what we do as a fam­ily and the trav­el­ling is not too long,” Nathan said.

Nathan said the girls have other sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties but they love the snow and ski­ing – some­thing they may just aspire to progress with as they grow older.

As for Nathan – well he said he was a late starter in ski­ing but loves it just the same.

PHOTO: The Sebel

LOVE YOU CASEY: Sassi and Coco Tay­lor love the staff at The Sebel, es­pe­cially Casey from the ski hire who plays with them as well and has be­come like a big brother.

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