The man behind real estate on Buller
THE Adams family association with Mansfield, Mt Buller and Merrijig – including Mark Adams – goes back a long way.
Although Mark was born and went to school in Melbourne from a very young age his love of the high country grew.
In fact it started in 1958 when Mark’s father, Adam Adams built N’everest on Chamois Road at Mt Buller, then going on to build many of the lodges and the Arlberg Hotel.
“My association though started when I was about three years of age and went to littlies ski school – so I have skied Mt Buller almost all my life,” Mark said.
“I then went on to do kids’ squad, race club and although not a real champion just did what you’d expect me to do – but none of that daredevil stuff.
“I had a ski instructor, Harry Morson, who taught me to do vadels – quick sharp turns needed in moguls.”
Adam Adams built the Arlberg Hotel in 1970 and the family ran that hotel to start.
He then went on to build many lodges including some still standing today such as Twin Towers, Summit Lodge, Beehive, Moose, Delatite and Elkhorn just to name a few.
“There were some others that have now been replaced with more modern apartments and lodges,” Mark said.
“Summit Lodge was the first built in 1962 – around in the early days when dad was dealing with the Forestry Commission who ran the mountain like the Mt Buller Resort Board does today.”
When ‘grown up’ Mark ran the Arlberg and Kooroora which the family owned until 1988 – this was on behalf of the family investment.
From there Mark just naturally progressed into real estate and in 1996 started his sales career in Melbourne and then on Mt Buller.
But that sales career now extends to Merrijig, Alpine Ridge and Sawmill Settlement.
However, Mark is not just a real estate salesman or property developer, he is a family man and has many interests in various communities and charities.
He is one of the early founders of the Mark Adams Ski & Golf Day where monies raised each year go to local Mansfield schools (including the secondary college, Merrijig, Jamieson and Mansfield primary schools and St Mary’s Primary School) to help students get started on their skiing experiences.
Mark is also a sponsorship partner of the Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships.
He was recently asked to sponsor ‘Wazza’ – Mt Buller’s much loved children’s entertainer who needed a little funding to keep it going for the kids.
He is also a silver sponsor of the Buller Race Club, has been Belle Brockhoff’s (world ski competitor and Olympian) major sponsor for the past 10 years, supports Buller Riders and donates to the scholarship program for up and coming athletes.
As for his family life, he is married to Anna Voinsky, has five children and one grandchild.
Just recently he has been joined in his real estate company by one of his sons - hopefully who will carry on the Adams family links to Buller and Mansfield region when eventually Mark decides to retire and take up skiing - though says he is still young at heart and in body so is not going anywhere for a long time.
So although many people know Mark Adams as a top real estate person on Mt Buller and the surrounding district, have a chat to him next time you see him out and about - he is an all round nice guy with a big heart who still loves and finds time for his skiing.
LOVE OF SKIING: Although Mark Adams calls Mt Buller home for his skiing he also enjoys trying out overseas ski fields just for the experience.
SUPPORTIVE: Mark Adams has sponsored Belle Brockhoff for the past 10 years helping her achieve Olympic competitor status in her career.