Another Aussie first for Buller Ski Lifts

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As the morn­ings grew colder to­wards the end of May, early snow­mak­ing com­menced with snow guns pump­ing full bore on the slopes pre­par­ing for another great sea­son on Mt Buller. For a wel­come to 2018 and news from around the re­sort turn the pages and see what’s hap­pen­ing es­pe­cially for open­ing week­end and beyond. PHOTO: Mt Buller An­drew Rail­ton.

BULLER Ski Lifts (BSL) will un­veil another Aussie first this win­ter sea­son with new groom­ing tech­nol­ogy the first SnowSat sys­tem in Aus­tralia.

SnowSat al­lows groom­ing to pre­cise depths across the runs us­ing every flake of snow ef­fi­ciently.

It links a new state-of-theart groom­ing ma­chine to IT sys­tems that give the groomer ex­act data on the snow depth as they smooth the snow.

“It’s high tech stuff, but ba­si­cally it means more cor­duroy and bet­ter snow cov­er­age for skiers and board­ers,” said BSL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lau­rie Blampied.

“Mt Buller con­tin­ues to in­vest in state-of-the-art snow­mak­ing and groom­ing to de­liver the best snow cover for skiers and board­ers.

“The an­tic­i­pa­tion into the open­ing of the sea­son is a busy but ex­cit­ing time in the re­sort,” Mr Blampied said.

“It’s a lit­tle like Christ­mas with lists of things to do, last minute prepa­ra­tions and tidy­ing up and then the joy of see­ing fa­mil­iar faces and a big party.”

BSL have also been busy work­ing on main­te­nance and im­prove­ment over the sum­mer months in­clud­ing earth­works to the mogul and aerial jump site on Chamois ski run.

The changes will pro­vide bet­ter jumps and a smoother run with less snow needed to cover the world-class course.

On Stan­dard Run more earth­works have dra­mat­i­cally widened and smoothed out the turn at the bot­tom of the slope into the tra­verse to Bull Run chair mak­ing the run smoother, safer and al­low­ing im­proved groom­ing.

And yes, there is yet another Aussie first with up­grades to the Horse Hill Snow­play Park.

The park has a new out­door seat­ing area so guests can sit and re­lax at the cafe while the kids get busy to­bog­gan­ing.

There have been im­prove­ments around the re­sort in­clud­ing new stair­cases, foot­paths and light­ing to make get­ting around that bit eas­ier.

A num­ber of the bus stops have had an up­date and vis­i­tors will see a big­ger and bet­ter ski ren­tal space in the Ski and Snow­board School too.

“It’s all part of con­tin­u­ing to in­vest and im­prove in our beau­ti­ful alpine vil­lage,” said Mr Blampied.

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