GREEN LIGHT FOR SEASON

Updated: 16 June 2020

ACCESS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WITH ALL THE DETAILS AVAILABLE TO DATE HERE

The Victorian Government Guidelines published 16 June for snow activity are HERE 
Please take a moment to make sure you have read and understood them for your protection.

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Mt Buller welcomes the Victorian government announcement giving a green light for alpine resorts to be able to open for skiing and boarding from the 22 June, 2020 in Victoria.

 “… And for those eager to hit the slopes, the ski season will open slightly later this year on 22 June.  At the same time, we’re urging Victorians:  In all your activities, be considered. Be cautious. Use your common sense.” 
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Buller Ski Lifts (BSL) General Manager Laurie Blampied was delighted, “This is terrific news and Mt Buller is working towards 22 June as our target for opening.  This gives renewed optimism and certainty for the local community and the 10,000 Victorian jobs that rely on alpine tourism.”

Mt Buller has been working on a considered and collaborative approach with government and industry to prepare a COVID SAFE operating plan to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff, guests and the wider community as restrictions ease and we can enjoy snowsports again.

“It is going to be different this winter as we all adapt to the constraints of coronavirus.  We will need to limit guest volumes in resort to maintain social distancing, there will be rigid cleaning and sanitisation protocols in place, our international staff will sadly not be travelling to work with us this year, and our local mountain staff numbers will be reduced as well. This means that the full range of products and services normally associated with the alpine resorts will not be available in 2020.”

“We are currently working in consultation with government, health authorities and others, to conclude our COVID-19 Operating Safely Plans, and once these are finalised we can release more details,” added Blampied.

The plan will include capacity management measures at key points such as transport, day shelters, public spaces, food & beverage outlets and, of course, ski lifting.  We will introduce new safety measures such as traceability of guests, physical distancing requirements and increased hygiene and cleaning, all adapted to the unique challenges of our alpine setting.

“Victorians are now familiar with social distancing, cashless/tap-and-go payments, reduced capacity in venues and hygiene measures, and the snow season will be an extension of that.  What will be new this year is skiers and boarders will need to pre-plan like never before, booking in their resort entry and lift access so that we can manage guest numbers on a daily basis,” Laurie Blampied explained.

Buller Ski Lifts is preparing the ski area with a view to opening from 22 June, subject to snow conditions. 

 

RESORT ENTRY AND PARKING  - from June 5th - 22nd

ALL vehicles must stop at the Mirimbah entry gate, where the names and contact details for the vehicle occupants will be recorded in line with the government safety guidelines.

Pre-booking online is essential for the following guests:

  • DAY VISITORS – a limit of 200 vehicle day passes allocated daily.
  • OVERNIGHT VISITORS  - must be pre-booked but spaces are unlimited for those with confirmed accommodation in the Mt Buller Village.

No pre-booking required for season vehicle  permit holders

  • SEASON VEHICLE PERMITS AND AUTHORISED VILLAGE PERMITS  - will have unrestricted access, there is an allocation of spaces for these permit holders.
    • Please stop at the Gate to be recorded on arrival with your pass displayed.

Pre-purchased ticketed entry enables the resort to manage capacity in accordance with the Victorian Governments’ public health measures. It also sustains essential services including snow clearing, parking and public facilities.

 
  • The government is encouraging everyone to download the COVID Safe App: Click here for info and to download.
  • For the Victorian Dept of Health Guidelines click here
  • Details of what is open (very limited until 22 June) check here
  • Be in the know with Mt Buller email alerts - sign up
  • You can book ahead for some hotels and private accommodations now or call Buller Holidays on 1800 285537

 







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