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29 May 2019: Today Mt Buller announced the resort is opening early on Saturday 1 June to mark the first day of winter with a free day skiing and boarding on Bourke Street riding the new Bourke Street Express chairlift.
The resort has been blanketed with over 35cms fresh snow so far this week and we couldn’t wait until the Queen’s Birthday Weekend to roll the new 6-seater lift.
Buller Ski Lifts’ owners Rino and Diana Grollo will officially open the Bourke Street Express at 10am on Saturday morning before inviting snowlovers to enjoy free rides for the day to celebrate the first day of the snow season – a week earlier than scheduled!
Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied confirmed the exciting news this morning, “This $6m chairlift is a big investment and we are very pleased to get skiing on the first day of winter with a deep early snow cover and a brand new chairlift.”
This early opening of Mt Buller’s new 6-seater express lift is possible thanks to strong early snowfalls and a massive snowmaking effort from the resort, which has been busy making snow and preparing since April using two all-weather SnowFactories.
2019 marks the 70th year of lifted skiing at Mt Buller. It started in 1949 with a single rope tow on the Bourke Street run. Mt Buller is home to the most modern lift network in Australia with a system of 22 lifts and over 300 hectares of terrain.
Resort Management CEO Mark Bennetts confirmed Mt Buller and Mt Stirling will both officially open on 1 June, offering half price resort entry from Saturday until the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, which means less than $24 per vehicle when bought online in advance. Overnight parking will be free during this period. Shuttle services will operate from the car parks to the village from Saturday morning.
The Mt Buller Ski & Snowboard School will provide limited beginner ski and snowboard lessons from this Saturday and rental stores at Mt Buller and in Mansfield will be open early for equipment hire. A number of hospitality venues in resort are open early and ready to serve meals and drinks. A detailed What's On will be posted here later this week.
Guests can ride the lift for FREE with a B-TAG. If you have a B-TAG - bring it along! - and if not we will provide them at the Ticketing Office at Saleyards next to the lift.
Bourke Street ski run will remain open from Sunday 2 June. Lift passes for Sunday onwards are available online from $66 for adults and $37 for children.
The access to the Village for 2WD cars and non-permit vehicles will be restricted from midday Friday 31 May when resort entry charges will come into effect at the Mirimbah gate. For information on the early season transport service leading into this first weekend (31 May - 2 June) please click here.
Driving up? Check the wheel chain declaration before you set off - chain hire is available at various outlets in Mansfield, Merrijig and Mirimbah.
For more information on car park shuttles or booking taxis this weekend please call TravelSafe Mt Buller on 03 5719 2008.
Interested to visit Mt Stirling? It is open this weekend too for XC skiing, snow shoe exploring and snowplay at TBJ. Find out more over on the Stirling website and social pages.
Just three hours' drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is close enough for a day’s escape yet far enough away for a holiday. Mt Buller has everything you need for the perfect winter snow experience.
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