Mt Buller News

Ski season almost gone

▪ Time to look ahead to summer

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ALTHOUGH the snow hit the slopes of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling in two separate bursts this season, it is shaping up to be quite successful.

Visitor numbers have been slightly down this season but only by a small margin, mainly due to the early burst of snow then a dry spell followed by the August dumps.

The last half of August has seen visitors returning to the mountain with happy guests having a great time in the fresh snow.

For week 11 of the season some 89,511 visitors enjoyed fun in the snow across all Victorian slopes - an increase of 21 percent compared to the same time in 2018.

For Mt Buller this was up by 13 percent with 35,786 people visiting the mountain in Week 11 and to date over the year 288,495.

But there is still more snow and more fun to come.

A major boost for Mt Buller will be hosting the National Interschoo­ls competitio­n due to commence today (September 4) and run through to September 8.

The major event is rotated between the northern mountains annually.

Communicat­ions officer for Buller Ski Lifts (BSL) Rhylla Moran said Buller has done fairly well this season and it is partly thanks to the certainty that the new snow making machines have brought to the mountain.

With continuing events yet to come on the mountain, including the annual 80s day, pond skim and for the kids school holidays brings loads of activities - there is still plenty to do and see.

But with the spring now on our doorstep it is also time to look towards summer events.

Mt Buller is expecting some major works to happen this summer, starting with the constructi­on of the new dam which will give the mountain an additional water supply.

Due to these works expecting to commence in October some areas of the mountain will be closed to vehicles and visitors.

“In relation to the dam works it will not be possible for people to drive to the base of the summit or to Koflers,” Mt Buller Mt Stirling CEO Mark Bennetts said last week.

“These areas will only be accessible via walking trail, and probably only by going around the Summit Nature loop section on the south side of the mountain.

“This summer will see significan­t works taking place at Mt Buller with the constructi­on of the new water storage dam up in the summit/boggy Creek area.

“Stage 2 works on the Kooroora developmen­t in the village may also impact access around the village and some of the summit area trails while these projects take shape,” Mr Bennetts said.

Ms Morgan said with summer around the corner, the progressiv­e opening of the mountain bike trails is set to commence from early November.

“Mt Buller will host the 10th Targa High Country rally from January 8 to 10 which is a highlight on the calendar and again set to draw an internatio­nal line up of motoring enthusiast­s,” she said.

“Other traditiona­l fixtures on the summer calendar include the Victorian Downhill Series for mountain bikers (January 18 to 19) and the Bike Buller Festival 7-8 (March 7 to 8).

“Mt Buller continues to attract trail runners enjoying the undulating trails on and between Mt Buller to Mt Stirling and there are several trail running events on the menu this summer season including the Oscars 100 Hut 2 Hut Run (14-16 February), the Mt Buller Sky Run on 5 April and the Mountain High Fun Run as part of the Easter festivitie­s (11 April).”

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