ABOM adapts and advances for an action-packed winter
THE ABOM restaurant, bar and hotel at Mt Buller has a rich and colourful history dating back to the 60s.
You may not know it, but the ABOM was originally designed by a ballet dancer and used to be famous for its roast duck - but you probably do know it’s always a good spot for a ski-in, ski-out coffee, relaxed dining and good food.
ABOM has changed and grown over the years but warm hospitality remains at the core of this iconic Mt Buller venue and winter 2017 is already off to a busy start.
Chef Nick Martigny is back this winter and continuing to impress locals and guests Mount Stirling Resorts, says climate change has been on the management board’s radar since 1990.
“Since those early days, our planning and strategic work has been looking to make best use of the mountains year round,” she said.
“Traditionally, Victoria’s snow destinations have seen visitors come for recreational activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding.
“Nowadays the majority of tourists are more interested in sightseeing.
“There is a demise of the ski industry, they’re heading overseas for a more guaranteed option of snow, but alpine areas can still provide a great place for a first experience – to see and to touch.”
Ms Perrin said once it was established overall tourism is not influenced by the amount of snow, the resort changed their tactics and focused on promoting the area in both the shoulder season and in summer months.
“The plan is to have resorts focus on their strengths, regardless of the weather,” Ms Perrin said.
Dr Andrew King, a climate with his classic bistro dishes and specials nights which have become firm favourites on the calendar – Tuesday being Pot and Parma, Wednesday family pasta night, Thursday steaks, Friday pizza specials and the famous Sunday roast night.
Venue manager Suzie Wellborne says guests will notice a change on the taps in the ABOM this winter with the return of Carlton United Breweries (CUB) to the venue after more than 15 years.
“We are working closely with CUB to inject lots of fun and events into the ABOM this winter and we got off to a great start with a Mexican inspired Corona party on the extremes research fellow at the University of Melbourne, echoes a similar sentiment about the future of Mount Buller.
“Climate change is a big problem because with a small amount of warming, it becomes economically less viable to have a big ski industry in Australia,” he said.
“Weather systems are changing and cold fronts are less likely so instead of bringing snow, it brings rain.”
Dr King says although the snow season will shrink in duration, haphazard weather means there’s always a chance occasional cold snaps will create ideal conditions for snowfall.
For Louise Perrin, Mount Buller is always going to have enough charm to attract admirers locally and from afar.
“Mother Nature has provided for this industry and for businesses to survive, but we might get to a point where that’s not the case anymore,” she said.
“It’s going to be different but different shouldn’t mean a death sentence.” opening weekend,” said Ms Wellborne.
“We have lots of exciting events planned and will be hosting plenty more parties down in the Moosehead Bar including the Cattleman’s Rail Jam After Party, a Canadian Club Ugly Jumper Party and a fourth of July Budweiser celebration as well as all the traditional festivities such as ABOM Moguls and Pond Skim after parties of course.”
The famous Fox FM broadcast will also be hosted at the ABOM again this winter with the usual fun and entertainment inside the ABOM from the breakfast show right through the day on Friday, July 21.
CHANGING ENVIRONMENT: Rising average temperatures, increased rainfall, and unpredictable weather patterns - there’s no doubt that certainty of a decent snow season is waning in the 21st century. PHOTOS: Katie Coulthard WINTER: While 2016 brought a healthy dose of snowfall to the alps, it’s no indication this year will spell out the same prosperity. SUMMER: Mt Buller focuses on promoting the area in both the shoulder season and in summer months.