Mount Buller, Victoria
|Mount Buller Village
Bourke St, the main series of lifts leading from the village towards the summit of Mount Buller
Mount Buller is a town in Victoria, Australia 208 kilometres (129 mi) east of Melbourne on the slopes of Mount Buller (elevation 1805 metres AHD). Primarily a resort town, Mount Buller is popular with snowsports enthusiasts in winter due to its close location to Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Mount Buller had a population of 251.
Mount Buller Village
The town has around 7000 beds available in accommodation facilities, the most of any Victorian ski resort.
La Trobe University had a minor campus at Mount Buller. The campus facilities included a public cinema, gym and indoor sporting facilities. La Trobe has vacated the mountain, however the Resort Management Board is now using the building, better known as the Mount Buller Community Centre, as its home. All facilities are still operational, with the cinema, gym and sports hall open all year round.
Mount Buller is also the home of the National Alpine Museum.
Mount Buller Ski Resort
|Mount Buller Ski Area|
|Location||Mount Buller, Victoria|
|Nearest city||Benalla, Victoria|
|Top elevation||1780 m|
|Base elevation||1375 m|
|Skiable area||300+ ha|
|Longest run||2.5 km|
|Lift system||Detachable Chair x3, Fixed-Grip Chair x10, T-Bar x5, Rope Tow x2, Magic Carpet x2|
|Lift capacity||40,000 skiers/hr|
|Night skiing||Yes (Tuesday and Saturday Nights only)|
The ski area around the town has a network of 22 lifts, capable of moving more than 40,000 people per hour - the highest capacity in Victoria. The highest lifted point is 1780 m at Grimus Chairlift and the base altitude is 1375 m at the Chalet Creek loading station on the Northside Express (formerly Horse Hill) chairlift / gondola. The lifts are owned by Groset, a part of the Grollo group of companies.
A Mount Buller Post Office opened on 17 February 1958.
Before 1984 Mount Buller was serviced by two lift companies that involved the skier needing to purchase two lift tickets to ski the whole mountain. In 1985, the two lift companies merged, allowing skiers to ski the whole mountain with one ticket. Today, Mount Buller is serviced by 22 lifts covering a wide range of terrain. In 1993, with an increasing number of visitors, the ski resort built a new quad chairlift called Wombat Lift on the skiers right of Little Buller spur to relieve the traffic on Federation triple chairlift. 2005 saw the addition of the Emirates quad chairlift to the lift network. A new six-seater chairlift was installed over the 2007/08 summer and is operational for 2008. This addition saw the decommissioning of one of the oldest chairs of the mountain — the Abom (previously known as Helicopter), along with Blue Bullet 2. In 2012 a new quad chairlift was built in the area of the old Burnt Hut T-Bar. A new carpet was also built. A list of every ski tow to ever operate at Mount Buller can be found at wikiski.
There are around 80 km of groomed trails spread over more than 300 hectares of terrain. 25% is beginner terrain, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced. There are also 9 km of cross-country trails accessible from the village. These trails also connect Mount Buller with Mount Stirling. Australia's first resort-wide wireless internet service is available in the village, operated by Whispar.
22 Lifts at Mount Buller include: Blue Bullet Express, Boggy Creek, Bonza, Bourke Street Carpet, Bull Run, Canyon Tows, Cattleman's Carpets, Federation, Gliders Carpet, Grimus, Happy Feet Carpet, Holden Express, Howqua, Koflers, Lydia Lassila Chairlift, Northside Express (formerly Horse Hill), Shakey Knees, Skyline, South Side, Summit, Tirol, Wombat
Mount Buller usually hosts two International Ski Federation Aerial Skiing World Cup events every year in September. However, these events were cancelled in 2007 due to lack of sponsorship. Every year Mount Buller also hosts the Victorian Snowsports Championships, which has with over 3000 competitors.
The Mount Buller summit and faces are also popular with ice climbers especially in winter.
Snowmaking began on Mount Buller in the 1970s with a pilot system on Enzian Ski Run, which was later moved to Bourke Street. The main snowmaking infrastructure was installed in 1994 at the Snowflake Factory on the top of Baldy. This included the water storage reservoir, air compressors, pump station and distribution pipelines for water and compressed air. The snowmaking system infrastructure and distribution pipelines were designed and built to accommodate future increases in capacity as coverage areas are increased.
The Mount Buller snowmaking systems use a combination system of fan and air/water guns. The system is based around a central high level water storage reservoir, pump station and central air compressor station. Large distribution pipelines deliver the water and compressed air to the various ski runs. Water and compressed air delivery hydrants are located down the edge of the runs where the snow guns are coupled using flexible snowmaking hoses. The system currently has 223 snow gun connection hydrants around the mountain, of these, 81 are connected to snowmaking guns - 57 fan guns and 58 air/water guns.
The coverage of snowmaking at Mount Buller includes:
- Bourke Street
- Magic Forest
- Snowtubing Park
- Spurs Beginner Area
- Bonza Country
- Scott Talbut Downhill
- Howqua Extension
- Family Run
- Little Buller Spur
- Whiskey Creek Trail
- Shakey Knees
- Access trails
Total ski able area of snowmaking: Over 74 hectares
|Climate data for Mount Buller|
|Average high °C (°F)||17.1
|Average low °C (°F)||8.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||67.6
Mount Buller is home to a growing number of first class Cross Country and Downhill mountain bike tracks. Between 2009 and 2012 many trails have been added, modified and upgraded by WORLD TRAIL.
The chairlift for the downhill tracks is only open during the summer from Boxing Day until the end of January, although trailer shuttles also run until the end of February.
Mt Buller is working towards developing the mountain as a world class mountain bike venue in line with what has been achieved at Whistler (Canada) and Queenstown (New Zealand).
Retail outlets exist in the mountain village to enable casual riders to hire pushbikes, and for bike owners to access service should the need arise.
The Victorian Downhill State Series holds a race each year at Mt Buller, as does the MTBA National Series.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association has designated the mountain biking trails at Mount Buller as a bronze-level IMBA Ride Center.  Ride Centers are the IMBA's strongest endorsement of a trail experience. 
Mount Buller is also a popular destination for road cyclists, due to the challenging climb from the tollbooth in Mirimbah to the Mount Buller Village. The climb is 15.3 km long and has an average gradient of 6.2%. The final kilometre before the Village is the steepest part of the climb with several short sections of gradient 10%+.
The area between Mount Buller and Mount Stirling is the primary catchment for the Delatite River.
During the summer the resort has a number of Mountain Biking tracks. (See below)
- Mount Buller Official Website
- Mount Buller snow report on ski.com.au
- Directory of all 65 lifts that have operated at Buller since 1949
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Buller Alpine Resort (Statistical Local Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- Place names search, Geoscience Australia
- The Grollo Group - Property Tourism investment
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- "Climate statistics for Mount Buller". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
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