With the big chills, flooding rains and severe winds across the country, it’s nice to know that Australia’s famous Mt Buller has been right on track with more than a good half-metre of snow on the slopes for the official opening of ski season over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Mt Buller was the first Victorian resort to open for skiing and boarding, and held Australia’s first Twilight Skiing on Friday 2 June.
The resort was bustling for the long weekend, with great conditions for stunning ski days and fireworks under the full moon.
Mt Buller has 4 lifts open, covering beginner and intermediate terrain and will have twilight skiing on Saturday night from 5pm – 8pm complete with fireworks.
The weekend schedule was packed with activities and live entertainment in the Village Square kicking off Saturday afternoon. Guests enjoyed complimentary hot chocolate, gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and marshmallows; as well as an impressive line-up of entertainment from face painting to fire twirling, live music to fireworks, and special appearances by winter Olympians and the excitable sled dog huskies.
Gillian Dobson, Group Manager of Marketing, Sales and Events for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management said, “Having opened a whole week ahead of the ‘official’ weekend celebrations, Mt Buller resort is buzzing.”
Mt Buller made a $1.6m investment in their snowmaking capabilities with the installation of the TechnoAlpin Snowfactory this year which has allowed the resort to guarantee skiing under the new floodlights from the start of the season.
An easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller welcomed thousands of snow revellers over the weekend. The snow season officially runs until the end of September.
For more information on how to purchase resort entry, discounted early season lift passes; and to access the full opening weekend schedule, head to the website www.mtbuller.com.au
Photos of Katharina Bergmann carving a line as the sunrises on Skyline ski run at Mt Buller courtesy of Andrew Railton.