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1 June 2019: Mt Buller welcomed the first day of winter with sunshine and free skiing on the new Bourke Street Express chairlift.
Buller Ski Lifts owners Rino and Diana Grollo were joined by their extended family to cut the ribbon to applause from the hundreds of skiers, snowboarders and sightseers who lined up to be the first to ride the new $6m chairlift up the mountain.
Over 2000 enthusiastic locals and visitors flocked to the resort to be amongst the first to ride the lift and make some turns on Bourke Street ski run.
Mt Buller has received over 40cms fresh snow earlier this week and opted to open a week earlier than usual, with free skiing to kick off the snow season.
Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied was all smiles this morning, “This chairlift project is a big investment and represents months of hard work by many people – today we celebrate the start of winter by riding the lift and sliding together on fresh snow, which is just how we like it”
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.
Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are now both officially open for the season 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 is free during this period. Shuttle services are operating from the car parks to the village.
The Mt Buller Ski & Snowboard School is offering limited beginner ski and snowboard lessons from today and retail/rental stores at Mt Buller and in Mansfield are also open early for equipment hire.
Bourke Street ski run is now open from Sunday 2 June at usual hours of 9am – 5pm.
Lift passes are available online from $66 for adults and $37 for children.
PHOTOS: Andrew Railton|Mt Buller
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