Mt Buller News

Bookings flow in for lodge accommodat­ion

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MT Buller lodges have been hurting during this COVID lockdown period for more than a year now.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with lodges again being able to welcome guests - keeping within the government’s COVID restrictio­n guidelines.

At Skilib Alpine Club the committee have set a new COVID-19 Cancellati­on Policy - 2021 which can be viewed in full on their website - all in line with COVID disruption­s.

Lodge manager Mark Besley said last week the lodge is open to guests again and the accommodat­ion space has been assessed for density requiremen­ts.

“There is sufficient space for normal operations, however, we cannot have mixed rooms accommodat­ing guests, they must all be from the same family if sharing rooms,” he said.

“When lockdowns were announced we had lots of cancellati­ons, now we are back getting bookings.

“And to keep in line with COVID guidelines there will be multiple cleans of bathrooms and common areas every day.”

“We do have a school group booked for the Interschoo­ls but will have to check on what we can do to accommodat­e them,” he said.

Skilib lodge can accommodat­e

up to 53 people, maximum.

At Coonamar Ski Club, which has 28 members and runs as a friendly lodge on Mt Buller, it also is welcoming back guests.

Sally Mcmanus, bookings manager, said the club has had to restrict the numbers from 37 down to 29 at any one time due to space requiremen­ts.

“Bookings are going okay at the moment but unfortunat­ely I have had to give some people the sad news that we

cannot accommodat­e them due to restrictio­ns,” she said.

“There was a group of 10 friends taking two rooms; they had organised everything but because they were not all from the one family we could not have them.

“We have members’ week coming up; they are all families so that is okay and we have a school coming up for the Interschoo­ls and we can accommodat­e them.

“To accommodat­e the school group we cannot have

other guests in the lodge at the same time, but that is all good.

“Bookings are looking good so that is okay but it will depend on the restrictio­ns, if they change we will look at it again.”

When members and their families are not using the lodge fully, Coonamar make the lodge available for other guests.

DOUBLE B

Double B is a family friendly lodge in an excellent location, it is a family orientated self-catering communal lodge.

As a communal lodge the large kitchen, living area, dining area and bathrooms are shared by all guests and members.

Ideally located on The Avenue at Mount Buller, offering ski-in ski-out access onto Standard run and a very short walk to Bourke Street and the village, you’re right in the middle of the action.

As Double B has a privacy policy where no rooms are shared - bookings are allocated individual rooms.

And here is a reminder for those coming to the mountain in regards to COVID testing:

Resort residents are exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort, meaning they can leave and return without having a test.

Essential services are exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort.

Students living outside the resort that attend school in the resort are exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort.

People who work in the resort but live outside the resort must have a negative test within 7 days prior to arrival.

Anyone else aged 12 years or older entering the resort must have a negative test within 72 hours prior to arrival. This includes school groups.

KANDAHAR LODGE SKI CLUB OF VICTORIA - Kandahar Lodge is a family friendly, traditiona­l lodge style with self-catering accommodat­ion.

Kandahar has typical lodge style accommodat­ion, ideally suited for families, groups and schools, with all facilities.

The Ski Club of Victoria prides itself on their personal service and friendly atmosphere.

Accommodat­ion is available to both members and the public.

 ??  ?? STAY ON MOUNTAIN: Kandahar Lodge is a family friendly, traditiona­l lodge.
STAY ON MOUNTAIN: Kandahar Lodge is a family friendly, traditiona­l lodge.

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