Mt Buller cel­e­brated Open­ing Week­end with a bang

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MT BULLER has of­fi­cially wel­comed the 2015 snow sea­son, with thou­sands of visi­tors en­joy­ing fun, free ac­tiv­i­ties and live en­ter­tain­ment across the moun­tain, along with dis­counted lift passes for the avid skiers and snow­board­ers.

Visi­tors to the re­sort en­joyed their first turns on Bourke Street with the open­ing of Blue Bullet Ex­press and Bourke Street Car­pet on Fri­day ahead of sched­ule, and ABOM Ex­press and Wom­bat open­ing on Satur­day.

Over in the Vil­lage Square, fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off on Satur­day af­ter­noon with free face paint­ing, com­pli­men­tary glüh­wein, hot cho­co­late, the an­nual Barry Pos­sum Show and a live per­for­mance by ac­claimed Mel­bourne rock band, Call­ing All Cars.

Visi­tors also wel­comed a unique mem­o­rable meet and greet with the team from Aus­tralian Sled Dog tours.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon the of­fi­cial open­ing of the only Asian in­flu­enced food court in any Aus­tralian ski re­sort, Popo Kitchen was cel­e­brated with full Chi­nese tra­di­tions.

Cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued well into the evening with a sparkling fire­works dis­play and var­i­ous open­ing week­end par­ties.

Mt Buller Re­sort Man­age­ment mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Gil­lian Dob­son, said the week­end is a great cel­e­bra­tion made even bet­ter with the first taste of snow.

“Open­ing week­end is a great time to come to­gether and celebrate the first of­fi­cial day of the sea­son,” Ms Dob­son said.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see snow on the ground and the snow­mak­ers have done an in­cred­i­ble job cre­at­ing a base which will set us up nicely for the next dump of snow.

“We’re now look­ing to­ward what is set to be another fun-filled sea­son here on Mt Buller, with a great range of events, ac­tiv­i­ties and fan­tas­tic deals ahead from now un­til spring.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing ev­ery­one here on top of the world.”

The week­end wrapped up with an ec­u­meni­cal Bless­ing of the Snow ser­vice at the Mt Buller Alpine Chapel on Sun­day morn­ing, along with the an­nual Moose­head party, fea­tur­ing free en­try, DJs, prizes and more.

“An easy three-hour drive from Mel­bourne, Mt Buller is the ideal win­ter es­cape,” Ms Dob­son said.

COUNT­DOWN: Mt Buller’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, John Hu­ber, along with Win­ter Olympians (from left) Danielle Scott, Brit­ney Cox, Laura Peel and An­ton Grimus counted down the sec­onds be­fore sig­nalling the start of the ski sea­son.

SHORT AND SWEET: Vice chair of the Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling re­sort man­age­ment board, Dean Belle, wel­comed all to Mt Buller and had the plea­sure of of­fi­cially declar­ing the 2015 snow sea­son open for busi­ness.

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