First Timers' Guide
You'll always remember your first trip to the snow - the fun and amazement of a world so different to anything else. Mt Buller is the ideal destination being an easy three hour drive from Melbourne. You can be up here and enjoying our beautiful mountain Village in next to no time!
There are a few things to be aware of when you're planning a trip to the snow, so we've put together the following guide to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Here's a checklist to make sure you have everything covered for your first time skiing or snowboarding at Mt Buller:
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Resort Entry & Parking
Wheel Chains (required for car entry into resort area)
Lessons (if required)
Rental Equipment (if required)
Mt Buller offers both on-mountain and off-mountain accommodation from a number of providers, with a variety of accommodation options including hotels, apartments and lodges.
To search for availability, hit the button below and input your arrival and departure dates, and number of people. You can also filter by certain amenities on the left menu. Then click search.
Tip: Before booking accommodation, consider how you will get up the mountain.
Resort Entry & Parking is required for those who are driving to Mt Buller. Pre-book online and save. Single day parking and single and multiday overnight parking options available. Make sure to book all the days required for your trip.
The below table shows what you will need to book depending on your method of transport up the mountain. More about transport here.
Ride Share to Accommodation
Bus / Coach
Included in bus / coach fare
Drive Own Car
Yes - if parking in resort overnight
Private Commercial Shuttle
*Depending on location, you can either walk to or book a ride share transfer to your lodging, if desired. Bus and coach options drop guests off in the middle of the Mt Buller Village. Private Commercial Shuttles often drop off directly at your accommodation, please check with your provider.
IMPORTANT: All vehicles need to carry diamond pattern wheel chains that fit the vehicles tyre profile. If you do not own wheel chains, they can be hired at multiple locations, including Mansfield, Merrijig, and Mirimbah. You must have them in your vehicle to proceed past the gate entry in Mirimbah - this is enforced by the Victorian Police force. Wheel chains are not available for hire on-mountain.
More about Resort Entry & Parking here.
It is strongly recommended that first time skiers or snowboarders take lessons. This is for your own safety and enjoyment on the slopes, but also the safety and enjoyment of other mountain users.
Mt Buller offers both Private lessons and Group lessons. To participate in a lesson, you will also need a valid lift pass, and ski/snowboard equipment if you do not have your own.
Choose a ‘lesson only’ product if you already have lift passes, otherwise we provide ‘lift + lesson’ packages for a variety of age groups.
If you are brand new to skiing or snowboarding, we offer a First Timer Lift + Lesson option for 15+ year olds that provides a restricted lift pass to only selected beginner runs (Bourke St Express, ABOM Express and Bourke St carpet). This also includes a 2-hour lesson – strictly for first timers only. See below from the First Timers Guide below for more details.
Bunyips (3 - 6 year olds) and Buller Kids (7 - 14 year olds) cater for all experience levels and have multiple time slots available.
More about Lessons here.
To use the chairlifts and ride on the ski area you must have a lift pass. There are different passes available:
Current lift pass options are:
Day Lift Access(until 5pm)
Twilight Sessions(5pm - 8:30pm)
All Day Unrestricted
From 2pm onwards only
Twilight Session Pass
Single return ride on theNorthside Express chairlift only
First Timer Lift (+ Lesson)
Restricted to 3 Selected Lifts Only
More about Lift Passes here.
A sightseeing ticket gets non-skiiers and snowboarders a single return ride on Northside Express lift, which runs from the Horse Hill car park up to the Northside area of the mountain and the Spurs café. (Now running only on the ABOM Express lift for the remainder of the 2023 season).
This ticket does not provide access to any other lifts and is strictly for footpassengers only - no skis or snowboards permitted. All lifts other than Northside Express require a regular lift pass as well as skis or snowboard equiped to ride.
More about sightseeing pass here.
A B-TAG is an RFID card that provides access to ski and snowboard at Mt Buller.
Anyone skiing or snowboarding needs their own B-TAG. It is assigned to you personally and should not be shared. Your B-TAG along with a valid lift pass product is required to be scanned to allow entry onto each lift, so you will want to put it in a convenient pocket away from a mobile phone.
When purchasing your lift pass online, you will be asked to purchase a B-TAG for $5 as well, if you do not already have one. Add this to your order and you can pick up your B-TAG from one of our self collection points on the mountain when you arrive.
More about B-TAGs and how to collect them here.
If you do not own your own ski or snowboard equipment, we have several options on and off the mountain for rent, including ski packages, snowboard packages, clothing, accessories, and wheel chains for your car.
You can pre-book your rental equipment online, and when you arrive in store the team will size you up for your desired gear. When booking online, there are several rental stores available. Check out this map to see where the stores are located.
Most rental stores are located on the mountain, but make sure to check the descriptions to make sure you are selecting the right pick up location.
Mt Buller has facilities, services and processes in place to ensure access for all abilities.
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