Alpine News - - Front Page - By Steve Cuff


RE­SORTS need to have in­sur­ance these days, it just comes in the way of snow­mak­ing. Last year Mt Buller took that one step fur­ther when they pur­chased their $1.6 mil­lion ‘Snow Fac­tory’.

The Snow Fac­tory com­pli­ments their ex­ist­ing snow­mak­ing guns. When the tem­per­a­tures are cold all guns in the arse­nal will be pump­ing snow, but if the weather warms they rely on the front line of ar­tillery, cour­tesy of the Snow Fac­tory.

Mother Na­ture is al­ways wel­come to any snow party, but Mt Buller’s Snow Fac­tory can make snow at any tem­per­a­ture and the snow is al­ready start­ing to pile up un­der sunny 2018 skies on Mt Buller’s Bourke Street run.

The beauty of this in­vest­ment is they can of­fer a snow guar­an­tee for their guests, which cer­tainly does ease the mind when you are book­ing an early sea­son hol­i­day.

It is also a boom for the open­ing week­end, as visi­tors know there will be snow to en­joy a slide, so they can book well in ad­vance know­ing they have backup plan B.

From an ac­com­mo­da­tion point of view, a snow guar­an­tee is a big com­mit­ment, but one that Mt Buller guests now can use if it is re­quired.

In 2017 there were peo­ple mak­ing ski turns in March, which is un­be­liev­able. Al­beit it was only a small area, but it showed the Snow Fac­tory in­vest­ment was a win­ner.

Fast for­ward to 2018 and Mt Buller has fired up the ‘fac­tory’ in April and be­gan stock­pil­ing snow, 50 days be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing long week­end. It sure would have in­creased web cam traf­fic as snow gaz­ers keep their eye on the prize.

Buller Ski Lifts Gen­eral Man­ager Laurie Blampied was de­lighted with the snow­mak­ing op­er­a­tions at the time stat­ing, “Snow is the key to our win­ter and the Snow Fac­tory’s abil­ity to make snow well ahead of the sea­son is great news for all snow lovers. This tech­nol­ogy was new to Aus­tralia last win­ter and skiers and snow­board­ers now un­der­stand how it’s changed the game. We can now look to the open­ing of the sea­son with con­fi­dence and guar­an­teed snow on the ground.”

Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort CEO Mark Ben­netts added, “Snow is a mag­i­cal and spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence and see­ing the Snow Fac­tory in ac­tion this morn­ing is an ex­cit­ing re­minder the win­ter sea­son is just around the cor­ner. The vil­lage is al­ready buzzing with prepa­ra­tions and we look for­ward to get­ting on the snow for those first turns of the win­ter in early June.”


Nat­u­rally there are terms and con­di­tions and they can all be found on the Mt Buller web­site, but here is the ba­sics.

The Snow Guar­an­tee is pro­vided by Buller Ski Lifts and par­tic­i­pat­ing Mt Buller ac­com­mo­da­tion providers to give con­fi­dence when book­ing a snow hol­i­day. It’s a money-back guar­an­tee on all pre­paid ac­com­mo­da­tion, lift ticket, rental and les­son pack­ages and ap­plies if in­suf­fi­cient snow cover means ‘Snow Guar­an­tee’ lift/s are not op­er­at­ing for ski­ing/snow­board­ing in the two (2) days be­fore your ar­rival.

If the Snow Guar­an­tee lifts (see web­site for ta­ble) aren’t op­er­at­ing in the two (2) days be­fore you ar­rive, you can con­tact your book­ing agent to change your book­ing to a later date or can­cel your book­ing and get your money back.

There are more ex­plicit de­tails on the web­site but note, the Snow Guar­an­tee only ap­plies if the lifts aren’t op­er­at­ing due to in­suf­fi­cient snow cover.

You can find all de­tails of Snow Guar­an­tee and to book your Buller hol­i­day at­

IN­SUR­ANCE: Mt Buller’s snow fac­tory, just part of their snow­mak­ing sys­tem. SCENIC: (In­set) Ski­ing on a pic­turesque Mt Buller day. Pho­tos: Mt Buller / An­dre Rail­ton

START: The snow fac­tory was in op­er­a­tion from April this year.

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