Mt Buller celebrated Opening Weekend with a bang
PHOTOS: Andrew Railton
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.