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To honour the many individuals who contribute to Mt Buller’s vibrant population Buller Ski Lifts created the “Mt Buller Legends & Personalities” wall in 2008. This gallery honours the rich array of people who contribute to our unique alpine community. It cannot include everyone but seeks to highlight a cross section of our population and acknowledge people who have made, or continue to make, a significant contribution to the life of Mt Buller. There are some faces in here you may know – or may meet when you spend time on the mountain.
Buller Ski Lifts manages and maintains the gallery and welcomes recommendations from community members. Please complete a nomination form here noting the criteria and submit before 30 January for consideration in the annual review.
George’s Ski Hire – renting skis since 1963
George Aivatoglou came to Mt Buller from Greece when he was 24 years old in 1962.
In 1967 he married his wife Margaret. Geoff Henke who was just building the Molony’s apartment building was going to install a ski hire in the building and he asked George if he was interested in managing it.
George also purchased Horse Hill Ski Hire as part of the Molony’s ski hire deal. This was later sold to BSL. He also purchased the Bill Duff Ski Hire in 1991, changed it’s name to Summit Road Ski Hire. The building was burnt to the ground in 1992 and the hire operated out of a shed for that season. George then decided to change Summit Road Ski Hire to Valley View apartments, most of which he sold.
In 2016 George has semi-retired and transitioned the business to his son, Rob. However, he is still around, helping in the shop as required. George, has 2 children, Robert and Lia and 3 grandchildren, George, Peg and Zoe.
Managing Buller Ski Lifts since 1995
Built an Institution, Kooroora Hotel
Built an institution
Buller Kids Centre since 1986
Spirit of the Skier
Providing hospitality since 1995
ARMB Directing visitors since 1979
Mt Buller Resort Management
Father of Freestyle
Ski Patrol since 1989
Mt Buller Ski Patrol
Come ski with me Ski & Snowboard School
“Speaky” Lyons, Terry
Ski Patrol and Buller Ambassador
Mt Buller Transport
Training Patrollers since 1975
Woodsford, Mark “Woody”
Fun Photos and Ski Instructor
Van Hoof, Anton
Interschools and the arts
CEO, Alpine Resort Management Board
Mt Buller ARMB Chair
Kerin, Father Tony
Sky Patrol 1
Kratzer, Shaun “Shaggy”
Adventurer and photographer
Kooroora and Black Cockatoo
Ski Patrol since 1998
Sky Patrol 2
Welcoming diners since 2009 at Cattlemans Cafe and Burger Haus
Mt Buller Grocer
ABOM and Chalet
Ski & Snowboard School
Formerly at Mt Buller Chalet and now Managing The Ski Club of Victoria
Slaney, Dr Graham
Mt Buller Medical Centre
Dr Slaney is co-owner of the Mt Buller Medical Centre with Dr Andrew Wettenhall, and its medical director. He's been providing medical care on Mt Buller and in Mansfield since 1997.
Twycross, Dr Will
Mt Buller Medical Centre
Dr Will has worked at the Mt Buller Medical Centre since it was rebuilt in 1995, and at the Mansfield Hospital since 1987. He enjoys downhill skiing, but also makes annual overnight cross country skiing trips to Stirling and The Bluff. In summer, he enjoys walking in Tasmania's South-West wilderness. The people he admires most at Mt Buller are the Ski Patrol, all the other staff who work outdoors to keep the mountain running.
Popo Kitchen & Extragreen
Snowboard Cross Olympian and World Cup Gold
Olympian & World Champion Aerials
2 x Olympian, 12 Top 10 World Cups 5 ABOM Gold
5 x Olympian & 24 x World Champion
Winter Olympian 2014 World Cup Bronze Skier cross
4 x Olympian, Gold Medallist 2010 Bronze 2014
Our Olympian and First Australian Winter World Champion
Pullin, Alex “Chumpy”
Winter Olympian 2010 & 2014 Snowboard Cross, 2 x World Champion
Winter Olympian 2014 Slalom and Giant Slalom
Winter Olympian 2014 Snowboard Cross
Winter Olympian 2006 & 2010 Aerials
Winter Paralympian 2010 and 2014. 2013 World Cup Gold Giant Slalom
Winter Olympian 2010 Snowboard Cross
World Cup 1st 2015
Olympic and World Cup medallist Aerials
Olympic Aerial Skier, World Champion 2015
Winter Olympian 2014, World Cup Gold 2015
Slopestyle 2014 Olympian, World Champion, X-Games Gold Medalist
Winter Olympian 2006 & 2010 Snowboard PGS
Winter Olympian 2014 Moguls
Winter Olympian 2014 Aerials
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