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

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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.

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