New larger, faster chairlift on Buller Next year will see the retirement Ű of the Blue Bullet chairlift, after 34 years in action on Mt Buller
MT BULLER skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy a new, faster ride up Bourke Street next winter, which comes with the exciting announcement of a $6 million, six-seater highspeed chairlift for the 2019 snow season.
The new lift will be replacing the renowned Blue Bullet quad chairlift with an upgrade to a larger and faster six-seater.
This means less time waiting in lines and more time on the snow for Mt Buller skiers and boarders.
Aside from the well-known Blue Bullet lift, there are 21 others including Boggy Creek, Bonza, Bourke Street Carpet, Bull Run, Canyon Tows, Cattleman’s Carpets, Federation, Gliders Carpet, Grimus, Happy Feet Carpet, Holden Express, Howqua, Koflers, Lydia Lassila Chairlift, Northside Express (formerly Horse Hill), FoxChairlift, Skyline, South Side, Summit, Tirol and Wombat.
In 1983 Blue Bullet one and two were the first high-speed detachable quad chairlifts in the world.
Local skiers and boarders will be a little sad to see Blue Bullet go as it’s been a big part of our mountain, but after moving a staggering 500,000 guests every winter - that’s 17 million passengers in its 34 year lifetime – it’s time to retire.
There isn’t another chairlift in Victoria that has carried more passengers.
This will be the fourth new chairlift added to the network at Mt Buller since 2005.
Before 1984, Mount Buller was serviced by two lift companies that involved the skier needing to purchase two lift tickets to ski the whole mountain.
In 1985, the two lift companies merged, allowing skiers to ski the whole mountain with one ticket.
In 1993, with an increasing number of visitors, the ski resort built a new quad chairlift called Wombat Lift on the right of Little Buller spur to relieve the traffic on Federation triple chairlift.
2005 saw the addition of the Emirates quad chairlift to the lift network.
A new six-seater chairlift was installed over the 2007/08 summer and was operational for 2008.
This addition saw the decommissioning of one of the oldest chairs of the mountain — the Abom (previously known as Helicopter), along with Blue Bullet 2.
In 2012 a new quad chairlift was built in the area of the old Burnt Hut T-Bar, along with a new magic carpet that was also built.
Another amazing Mt Buller postcard shot by local photographer Tony ‘Harro’ Harrington, who is exhibiting a showcase in the newly opened Buller Wide this month. Turn to page 8 for more.