Visi­tor num­bers look promis­ing

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ALTHOUGH it is con­sid­ered a slow start to the snow sea­son visi­tor num­bers do not re­flect the lack of snow.

Com­pared to 2014, visi­tor num­bers in the first two weeks of the sea­son ac­tu­ally tripled bring­ing a spark of hope for a good sea­son.

In the first week there were more than 8000 visi­tors to Buller but only 30 to Mt Stir­ling – not sur­pris­ing as Mt Stir­ling has no snow at this time.

Mt Buller num­bers, how­ever, were up by more than 300 per cent com­pared to last year – mainly due to the fact that early snow fell, along with tem­per­a­tures al­low­ing snow to be ‘man made’.

In the sec­ond week Mt Buller had an ad­di­tional 4818 visi­tors while Mt Stir­ling had 54.

The to­tal num­ber of visi­tors to Mt Buller as at June 14 was 12,873 com­pared to the av­er­age over the past years of 9164 at the same time.

Re­sorts across the whole of the alpine re­gion saw 29,856 visi­tors reach the peaks with Mt Buller still lead­ing the way in terms of num­bers.

With freez­ing cold tem­per­a­tures at night over the past week it is not sur­pris­ing that the snow guns have been very happy at work mak­ing lots of white stuff for visi­tors to play in this week­end.

And the good news is that gate en­try has been halved ($22.50 at the re­sort en­try point and $21 online) un­til the good snow falls come.

Fur­ther to this adults can ski and snow­board for just $70 and kids can hit the slopes for $40.

These of­fers will be as­sessed on a daily ba­sis.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton – Mt Buller

ALL OVER 50: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of some of the lodges be­ing pre­sented with their 50 year cer­tifi­cates with vice chair of the man­age­ment board Dean Belle (cen­tre back) and Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Man­age­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Hu­ber (far right).

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