Snow in March - 80 days be­fore snow sea­son opens

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MT BULLER lo­cals made his­tory in March ski­ing 80 days be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing of the snow sea­son.

It was all smiles as lo­cals dusted off skis, snow­boards and to­bog­gans to en­joy a his­tory-mak­ing slide on snow at Mt Buller more than two months ahead of the of­fi­cial June open­ing of the snow sea­son.

The snow in March is pos­si­ble due to the newly in­stalled Tech­noAlpin 220 Snow­fac­tory’s abil­ity to make snow, even at warm tem­per­a­tures.

Mt Buller has been com­mis­sion­ing and test­ing the new re­frig­er­a­tion snow­mak­ing tech­nol­ogy this week in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing snow sea­son.

More than 500 cu­bic me­tres of snow was pro­duced much to the de­light of snow en­thu­si­asts in the re­sort who seized the op­por­tu­nity today to ski on the ‘test snow’.

Buller Ski Lifts gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Blampied was one of the first to make some ski turns down the 100 me­tre slope.

“It’s ski­ing re­ally well and feels just like a spring snow day,” Mr Blampied said.

“This is an ex­cit­ing day for Mt Buller and I’m able to con­firm the Snow­fac­tory is work­ing well.

“We are de­lighted we can make snow al­ready and de­liver on our prom­ise of ski­ing on Bourke Street for open­ing week­end in June.

“This Snow­fac­tory is a game-chang­ing in­vest­ment for Mt Buller.

“The tests have ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“To see this many peo­ple en­joy­ing snow in March, all smil­ing ear to ear 80 days be­fore the open­ing of the ski sea­son is an in­cred­i­ble mo­ment in our re­sort’s his­tory.”

Mt Buller started mak­ing snow in earnest in May ready for the open­ing week­end of the snow sea­son.

Mt Buller is the only re­sort in Aus­tralia able to prom­ise ski­ing and board­ing for the start of the sea­son on June 10.

Mt Buller is tak­ing book­ings for win­ter at mt­buller.com.au and 1800 BULLER.

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