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Friday, September 7, 2012

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STELLAR SNOW Christine Hocking of Transitional Snow Camps (TSC) with her son ‘Sunny’ (2) have been enjoying the terrific snow at Mt Buller. Christine, along with her husband, run the TSC snowboard training camps on Mt Buller. During August great snowfalls saw a natural depth of almost one metre cover the mountain. With additional snowmaking, it made for fantastic skiing and snowboarding conditions across the resort. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

Happy summer trails P5

Chef’s Selection P8

Interschools Snowsports P6 SOCIAL CENTREFOLD

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INDEX Disabled program...P3 Skier Profile............P6 Trip of a lifetime......P9 Real estate.......P16-20

Season continues on the highest note Monumental events make 2012 season big, and visitors are making most of what’s left

By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY THIS winter season is far from over for Mt Buller and Mt Stirling but already skiers, snowboarders and organisers of mountain events have started looking forward to 2013 with hope and promise. With plenty of snow on the ground and four weeks

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to go, this season will finish on a high note and gives hope for another great season next year. Looking back over the past 12 weeks some great outcomes have been celebrated. Opening on June 9, with

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enough man-made snow for enthusiasts to enjoy a short ski down Bourke Street, the official declaration of the season opening and the release of the new branding ‘Buller is Better’ was made before visitors in the Village Square.

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It was then off across the road for the official opening of Alpine Central – the rebuilt top floor of the community centre, now housing resort reception, information, the post office and a huge display area. The following day and an-

other ‘official opening’ with the Bonza Chairlift, carrying more than 40 long time Mt Buller skiing families for the first time. Also requested was input to the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council Alpine Resorts 2020 Strategy, which will become a plan for the future of all resorts.  Continued page 7

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Need your own skis or snow board repaired or tuned? The Wintersteiger Microjet Disc and our service technicians are on hand to bring your skis back to perfection either over lunch or overnight.

Whether beginner or expert, skier or snowboarder, the Grimus Ski Centre has the right equipment for your needs. Experienced fitting staff offer excellent advice and friendly service to ensure you have the most suitable gear.

Located at the end of Breathtaker Road right next to the Holden 6-seat chairlift on Bourke Street. Take the free village shuttle from your lodge right to the door. Convenient carry bags are available to easily transport your hire gear back to your lodge.

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ON THE SLOPES: Mt Buller’s Bourke Street and ski school area looked a picture last week with fine conditions and plenty of people. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

Visitor numbers continue to rise WHAT a difference good snow makes. Visitor numbers to Mt Buller and Mt Stirling jumped during the week ending August 26 with Mt Buller’s numbers climbing by more than 7000 compared to the same week in 2011. Overall in that one week some 22,977 reached the mountain village and more than 500

visited Mt Stirling compared to 237 for the same week last year. Visitor numbers for both resorts to date for the year total 216,109 for Mt Buller and 4250 for Stirling. Calculating the visitor days, 2012 has seen almost a match for last year with 377,956 being recorded and Stirling numbers jumping by more than 1000

over last season. And when comparing all resort numbers for the last week in August, more than 20,000 additional visitors hit the snowfields across the alpine regions. Last year for the same week 41,285 visited ski resorts, while this year, with the excellent snowfalls, 61,684 hit the slopes in one week.

Year to date visitor numbers have also soared by more than 50,000 above last year’s figures. With excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions expected to continue well into spring, visitor numbers are sure to keep rising and may top that one million mark reached in 2008.


Disabled WinterSport Australia gets active

DISABLED WinterSport Australia (DWA) has commenced a new in-resort service program for its members at Mt Buller, enabling more people with disabilities to participate in snowsports. Run in conjunction with the Mt Buller Ski and Snowboard School, the four-weekend program at Mt Buller is designed to:  support Buller snowsports school and instructors in adaptive snowsport lessons;  provide additional adaptive equipment for use by DWA members and the snowsport school;  assist in technical equipment training for Buller Adaptive Instructors relevant to the equipment provided; and  to promote and recruit local DWA Adaptive Snowsport Guides and awareness of adaptive snowsports at Mt Buller. National program manager for DWA, Sven Erikson, said he was pleased to have the program operate at Mt Buller regularly. “We have an increas-

ing membership base enjoying the services at Buller ranging from Buller ambassador and Paralympian Mitch Gourley to first time snowboarders,” Erikson said. “We are looking forward to working with Buller to help support skiers and riders with a disability on a regular basis.” DWA is the peak body for disability wintersport in Australia, with members ranging from recreational skiers to Winter Paralympians. Membership to the organisation is based on accessibility, both physical and financial, with members entitled to concessions on lift passes and private lessons at a number of ski resorts, as well as access to an extensive range of adaptive ski equipment, discounted accessible accommodation, and a range of skill development, sport and recreational programs. For further information on DWA go to www. au.

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AT WORK: The class of 2012 of the Mansfield Secondary College Mt Buller annexe at work.

College annexe opens its doors


HERE WE GO: Mt Buller Ski School instructor Richard pushes the special ski chair for disabled boy Memphis on Buller at the weekend as part of the Disabled WinterSport Australia program.  PHOTO: Andrew Railton

THE Mansfield Secondary College Mt Buller annexe opened its doors for the first time this ski season. Some 16 MSC students were joined by nine students from schools across Melbourne and Geelong to complete their academic studies alongside their snowsports training. The program, headed by Adrian Lawrence and ably staffed by Lesley Macgregor, Rachael Noble, Sandy Mackinnon and Wendy Jagger, has provided these students with a fantastic opportunity. The annexe operates from 1pm to 4pm each day out of the Alpine Central building, adjacent to the Mansfield Primary School annexe. Students are engaged in a core academic program

which complements their morning snowsports training commitments. The program has found great support from the resort management board, parents and staff at the secondary college. The response of all stakeholders has been overwhelmingly positive with students and parents and staff providing fantastic feedback over this development period. Annexe staff have worked tirelessly to develop and implement an effective program that takes into account the academic needs of all students involved. A great deal of work has gone into complementing the MSC academic program with those of students’ schools in Melbourne and Geelong. The annexe will serve as a great addition to the services offered on Mt Buller throughout the winter season.



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ON THE MOUNTAIN: John McDonald with The Hon Justice Legoe CJ, Supreme Court of South Australia, and Trevor Jaggard, Breathtaker’s original manager.

MOUNTAIN LOVE: John McDonald – decades of affiliation with Mt Buller and its changing face.

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“I went to Buller staying the first year at Enzian and at the end of the year put in a bid for the site to build JOHN McDonald Snr Prescriptions, Health, Beauty Breathtaker.â€? knows Mt Buller up and At the time John was down, inside out, back to & Tony Ferguson CEO of Macmahon Holdfront, and loves it dearly. ings and its subsidiaries, This year marks a great Daily Delivery to Mt Buller one of Australia’s leading achievement in his 33-year (Credit Card/Eftpos) civil engineering and minhistory with the mountain. ing public companies. In April John, after After Breathtaker was many years of battling bubuilt, and had operated reaucracy, has had changed for some time, he was apthe lease agreements with proached by the Hiltongovernment for the alpine Wood family who owned regions. one of two lift companies Although pushing for (Blue Lifts) operating on strata titling, which has not Buller. as yet happened, a format DAILy REFRIDGERATED & GEnERAL The Blue Lift Company has been adopted which FREIGHT SERvICE... was struggling at this time gives lodge and commerER and Orange Lifts was getcial operators stronger MT BULL LD MAnSFIE URnE ting the upperhand. holds over the land on O MELB John, in his role as which their buildings stand. CEO of Macmahon was Head leases and subPHOnE 0409 775 720 able to appropriate heavy leases can now be recogearthmoving equipment to Mt Buller to remove and reshape one of the biggest impediments at the mountain, being the enormity of size and number of large rocks and boulders from previously inaccessible terrain. By effectively grooming the slopes, snowmaking became effective and the use of in-season mechaniFOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL WORK cal CALL snow-grooming equipment became much more FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL WORK CALL efficient. Even Bourke Street was EMERGENCY DRYING SOLUTIONS FOR HOME & BUSINESS enhanced by having its %DVHGLQ0DQVĂ€HOG'DYH6KHOWRQDQGKLVWHDPDW&DUSHWV width virtually trebled. “Two lift companies op58VKDYHEHHQVROYLQJZDWHUGDPDJHLVVXHVLQWKH1RUWK erating on the same moun(DVWGLVWULFWIRUPRUHWKDQ\HDUV7KHLUIDVWGU\LQJ tain at the same time was a PHWKRGVZLOOKDYH\RXEDFNWRQRUPDOLQWKHVKRUWHVWWLPH FREE QUOTES & INFORMATION nightmare,â€? John said. FREE QUOTES & INFORMATION • INSTALLATIONS • UNDERGROUND SRVVLEOH “I often referred to the • FIRE ALARMS • MAINTENANCE • INSTALLATIONS FREE QUOTES & INFORMATION competition between them SERVICING MANSFIELD & MT BULLER AREA ‡ 5HVWRUDWLRQRIVRIWDQGKDUGIXUQLVKLQJVLVRQHRIWKHLU • UNDERGROUND as being worse than the • INSTALLATIONS • UNDERGROUND TED LEO VSHFLDOWLHV Orangemen and the Green • MAINTENANCE • FIRE ALARMS • MAINTENANCE 5777 5677 5775 1130 in Ireland - they despised ‡ (OLPLQDWLRQRIPRXOG RGRUVFDXVHGE\ZDWHU 0407 SERVICING 992MANSFIELD 763 0419 491 & 691 AREA RECMANSFIELD 3986 SERVICING & MT BULLER each other.â€? GDPDJHLVGHDOWZLWKSURPSWO\ The Blue introduced MT BULLER AREA ‡ (IIHFWLYHFOHDQXSDIWHUVHZDJHOHDNV Australia’s first detachable ‡ $OOLQVXUDQFHZRUNZHOFRPHG quad lift, erected up the spine of Bourke Street, &RQWDFW'DYH6KHOWRQ right up to Baldy. REC REC3986 3986 “Overnight this turned j/51d01308/26-12 around Blue into being a TED major competitor against David Shelton M: 0408 511 100 Office: (03) 5775-2200 5777 5677 - 0407 992 763 Orange who was a fierce competitor,â€? John said. LEO + + Eventually John put a 5775 1130 - 0419 491 691 proposal to Orange Lifts







nised as ‘owned’ and can be held as collateral to gain mortgages and loans against purchases or redevelopment. Up until now only “unregistered leases� on the land have been held, and because title holders did not own the land, many banks and lending authorities did not consider properties as good collateral. “These documents are now being used as a precedent for anyone else wanting to change from their unregistered leases to the new format,� John said. “It all started some years ago when we wanted to substantially enhance the property on the leasehold at Breathtaker, which was originally held for the balance of 55 years with no right of further extension. “I wanted more security over the investment, so I went to the Minister and ultimately gained a new head lease, which has been accepted for a new initial 51-year term. “This has also come with a right to renegotiate a further period at any time within the final three years before expiry

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of the new lease. “And it now gives a registerable form of ‘title’ for lending purposes.� The new leasing agreements have taken John 10 years to formulate, but as he said “the crown is happy, the RMB is happy, the ATO is happy, we are happy; it just took common sense to see it through�. Having been associated with the mountain since 1979, he first started skiing when looking for a winter sport. He was introduced to skiing (firstly at Falls Creek) by an old Hungarian friend. Working in Adelaide as a chartered accountant, with a family of three young children, he wanted a family activity. At Falls Creek he started getting involved with mountain development and being offered the purchase of a lift company by Bill Bridgeford, but decided against it. “Bill then said to me why not go to Mt Buller - a place that really needs modernising, and if not at Buller then try Stirling,� he said.

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chairman, David Hume, to take over Blue and merge the two lift companies which then transformed Buller overnight. “It made it a really wonderful place to go to - the merger changed everything,� John said. We naturally combined all aspects of the two lift companies and it is now difficult to imagine the patrons’ horrors of the past. Several years after the merger he became unwell as a result of childhood Polio, contracting Post Polio Syndrome. “I was not well at the time and gave orderly notice to my companies and ended up having major surgery which took two years to overcome after resigning my positions,� he said. “However, prior to the period of resignation I became very friendly with Rino Grollo – I am not sure how that relationship started - but was very bonding and I influenced Rino to purchase an initial and substantial interest in the lift company - Rino took over the day-to-day operation.� John recalls that Rino’s later comment was “John you presented me with an opportunity that I thought I would never be given and you changed my life�. “Rino has expanded Buller and put further and greater capital into snowmaking, lifting and other grand structures up there,� John said. John bought back Breathaker and also Pinnacle Valley Resort with son John taking over the day-to-day management of Breathtaker. John Snr has two boys and a daughter all into high profile management. Caroline, a banker, now lives in New York with her corporate manager husband Paul; John Jnr continues as Breathtaker managing director and Justin, the youngest son, is a senior captain with Cathay Pacific, based in Hong Kong.

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Happy trails and lots of cycling in summer By BEN ANNEAR

YOU don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to explore the mountain. Simply jump on either the Northside Express or Blue Bullet Express chairlifts and enjoy a breathtaking ride across Mt Buller’s slopes. The Northside Chairlift on the northern slope departs from the day car park and will take you to Spurs Lookout. The Blue Bullet Express Chairlift runs directly above Bourke Street, allowing you to watch all of the on-slope action. Tickets are available from any ticket office or Buller Sports Outlet. You can purchase single or multiple ride tickets.

Expect entry numbers to be nudging 1000 riders in 2013. Road cyclists will not be left out of the equation, and many will climb the 16km from Mirimbah as part of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge. And then the resort will welcome the ever popular Scody High Country Cycle Challenge and the Mansfield to Mt Buller Road Race over the weekend of March 16 and 17. Combine all this with bike operations such as the Mirimbah Store shuttle, the hire and ride clinics

from All Terrain Cycles and, chairlift assisted down hilling in January, and a bunch of cycle friendly lodges open throughout summer, Mt Buller can already guarantee a summer packed with cycle based fun. For more information head to bike-buller or contact the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Board’s guru of all things bike, Ben Annear, at ben.annear@mtbuller. Happy trails and keep it rubber side down.


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AS Mt Buller pokes its head into spring, there are those who can’t wait for the snow to melt and for sunny days and dusty trails to emerge - mountain bike trails that is. With a threefold increase in trail usage experienced during the 201112 summer bike season, Mt Buller is again gearing up for another summer biking season, that will no doubt set new records. The official opening date of the MTB trail network is scheduled for December 1 and 2, but MTB riders will be beating a path to Mt Buller well before this, if the number of enquiries received through winter is anything to go by. Prior to this date, riders should be aware that trails will not quite be at 100 per cent, with a large amount of work required post winter to clear windfall, to repair trails and buff this near 100km of dedicated MTB trails. Major MTB events have already been secured for 2013 contributing to a hectic summer calendar. Mt Buller will host the first round of the MTBA National Series, from January 16 to 20, with both cross country and downhill disciplines contested. The following weekend, January 26–27, Mt Buller will see round four of the Victorian Downhill series, hosted by The Fat Tyre Flyers, and if past years are anything to go by, this will bring a big number of gravity assisted thrill seekers to the mountain. Returning for its fifth year, the iconic Bike Buller MTB festival is confirmed for March 9 to 11. The Labor Day long weekend will again attract MTB lovers from all over Australia to what is fast becoming one of the country’s must-do bike events.

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Graham, Cox defend titles



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WINNERS of the 2012 James Boag ABOM Mogul Challenge this week were Mt Buller pair Matthew Graham and Britteny Cox. The win marks the fourth straight title for Graham, with Cox winning her third straight title. The world class Australian junior athletes have set records, with Cox now joining Maria Despas in having the most female ABOM titles in the event’s history. With win number four, only one other male athlete

has won the event more times than Graham – Australian Nick Cleaver, who amassed five victories between 1991 and 1995. Beating out a host of competitiors from all across the globe, with many coming all the way from Korea, the AIS/ NSWIS athletes dominated the track. Both winners were awarded AIS/NSWIS scholarships for the first time in 2010, they made their World Cup debuts in the same year and this season has seen them

balancing HSC school studies with continuing their quest to represent Australia at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. With both competitiors focusing more on studying this year, Graham admitted that he has spent about 50 per cent less time on snow this winter, compared with previous years, so winning his fourth ABOM has provided additional satisfaction. “I felt a little bit of pressure today, but I made sure that my approach was the same as usual,” Graham said.

“It involves making sure I remain mentally calm, putting down a solid run and don’t overdo it. ”Winning was very satisfying, as the ABOM is a special event for everybody who competes in it.” Cox, a World Cup medallist in the USA last February, said the win was the perfect way to bounce back from a 4th and 6th place at last month’s National Championships in Perisher. “I’m so excited and really pleased to win,” Cox said.

Dynamic success with 5500 students showing prowess By GEOFF WALKER

JUGGLING FAMILY, SKIING AND WORK: Kate McDougall is a familiar face around Mt Buller and has introduced her children to the snow from the time they were born.

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HOME: St Catherine’s School student Julia Kent sailed by the last gate in the division five girls snowboard GS.


KATE McDOUGALL KATE McDougall has had an association with Mt Buller for the past 34 years, having started skiing from the age of about seven. Juggling the life of a busy mother of three (two are in primary school on Mt Buller at present), a home and working at the Mt Buller Medical Centre, life gets a little hectic during winter. When the ski season is over, the McDougall family return to Mansfield where life returns to being a little more normal. But Kate loves the snow and skiing and her favorite Mt Buller run depends a lot on the weath-

er, but as Kate says ‘you can’t beat McLaughlins Shoulder for the views with Bonza a family favorite with the kids’. Kate has been fortunate to have worked three seasons in Beaver Creek, Colorado and has skied extensively in the USA and a couple of resorts in Europe. “What I like most about Mt Buller is its a great community to be a part of, like one big family, the ski terrain is challenging and diverse, the sunset at the top of the Summit is sublime,” Kate said.

LOOK AT ME: James Phillips of Mansfield Secondary College leaps high while competing in the division one boys moguls on Mt Buller last week. James placed third in his divison.

THE 55th Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships, held last week at Mt Buller, were a success, with more than 5500 students, competing in all disciplines, from across the state. And local students again recorded great results for both Mansfield primary and secondary schools. For the Secondary College, the best results came from Mt Buller annexe student Patrick Cahill, who came first in the snowboard GS and third in the snowboard cross. Along with teammates Jesse Rickard and Mac Cooper they came first and third in the respective team events. John Mongan finished top ten in his events, while the team of Mitch Greenway, Austin Spierings and Jack Scott took out two silver results for their snowboard events. Gracie Woodsford had a blinder of a run in the division one skiercross to win convincingly as well as showing versatility across disciplines to place sixth for the boardercross. Eliza Pollock in her first big year of competition also set herself up for two

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MSC attained 20 teams and 37 individuals qualifying for the National Championships currently being held in Perisher. Mansfield Secondary College again has asserted itself as a top state snowsports school, narrowly behind Geelong Grammar who won the combined team trophy. Mansfield Primary School had a terrific week as well. Daniel Walker won gold in the division 5 moguls with Ned Angliss second and together with Warwick Crawford they also won the team gold. The same outfit came second in the skiercross and Warwick Crawford placed second individually.

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berths in the ‘nationals’. The Comben brothers led the alpine charge in their divisions, with Charlie bronze for moguls and a top ten finish for skiercross and alpine GS, while Jackson placed fifth in moguls. Doug Crawford and Mitch Reeves also had top ten success in their events. Lachy Davies put in a great personal best to win bronze in the moguls and with Jared Rodden and Jackson Comben, were second in moguls. Of note was the combination of Allie-May Angliss, Ally Howie and Kaitlyn Whyte who had three team podiums for alpine GS, moguls and skiercross.


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ROUNDING THE GATE: Julia Harper (Methodist Ladies College) competing in the division one girls snowboard. PHOTOS: Fun Photos

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SAFELY THROUGH: Alex Percy of Trinity College makes it safely through another gate.

RACING: Mt Buller Race Club member Katie Parker, skiing this time for Wesley College, made it over the line for a place.

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George clocks up 50 years on mountain GEORGE Aivatoglou had a special reason to celebrate Father’s Day this year. Of ‘George’s Ski Hire’ fame, George celebrated the day with a visit from his latest grandchild, Zoe. Although still in the height of the snow season, George and family took some time out to celebrate this special day. George has also celebrated his 50 years on the mountain all season - and with good reason too, as 50 years is

quite a milestone for one business operator to be in the same place and still going strong. George’s friendly face has been a welcome sight to many return guests at Mt Buller, who have come to know ‘George’ over the years. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: Celebrating Father’s Day on Mt Buller were (from left) Margaret and George Aivatoglou and Lia with baby Zoe, the latest granddaughter, who travelled to Buller especially to celebrate Father’s day. PHOTO: Fun Photos

Skiers light up Mt Buller for leukaemia A SPECIAL event was held at Mt Buller last Saturday to raise money and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation. “Light the Night” was an inspiring twilight walk - or in this case a night ski - where family and friends carried lanterns to support the cause. The twilight ski saw more than 400 locals and vistiors to the mountain ski while holding colored lanterns to raise awareness and funds for the foundation’s search for a cure. Gold lanterns represented a ALL LIT UP: Just a few of the 400 skiers on Mt Buller’s Bourke Street skiing for a cure to leukaemia.  PHOTO: Andrew Railton loved one who had passed from

the disease, white reflected on time spent with blood cancer or a loved one who survived; and blue was to show support. More than 50,000 Australian families face the challenges of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every day and every 46 minutes, another person is diagnosed. Buller Ski Lifts supported the event, providing lift access for the “Light the Night” skiers, with many mountain staff including ski instructors, lift operations crew and ski patrol getting involved.

Snow season continues on highest note The ‘new’ just kept on coming, as only a week or two into the season and the big announcement of the Frank Health Insurance partnership with Buller Ski Lifts for upgrading the snowboarding parks was announced. Along with an injection of funds into the area for improvements to infrastructure and a boost to the profile of the parks, the sponsorship introduced new participating events such as the Frank Freestyle Friday – which then became regular Friday competitions with tips from park crew and local coaches. The Athlete’s Walk was completed and officially opened by Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith, along with resort management board members and executive staff. Also this year saw a record number of school students enrolled in Mt Buller Primary School and the first time a Mansfield Secondary College annexe was open with more than 20 students taking lessons on the slopes and in the classroom. Mt Stirling was not to be left out of ‘all that’s new’, introducing the first

A stay at Mt Buller is not complete without dinner at Kaptans Restaurant renowned for traditional European alpine ambience, consistent excellent quality of cuisine and good, friendly service. Kaptans is a favourite of many Mt Buller regulars who return time and again to enjoy the delicious regional cuisine and Austrian specialties. Select from dishes prepared with Buxton Trout, Hopkins River beef, Yarra Valley venison or Wiener Schnitzel using only succulent young veal. Finish with cheeses from the King Valley & Milawa regions or the signature dessert - the famous Salzburger Nockerl soufflé. Mt Buller legend, Hans Grimus, will fascinate you with tales of days gone by and the origins of the magnificent wood carvings depicting the history of skiing at Mt Buller.

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A trip of a lifetime for freerider in Alaska By ALEXANDRA GALLER

Ratty reflects on the season so far

IT is nearing the end of the season, which is hard to believe, so in that theme maybe a little reflection on days at Buller to finish it off. As you know I have been here for a wee while, so there must be some things that make me keep coming back. It is the friendships that I have made that are both precious and priceless, the opportunities I have gained from ending up here that keep evolving, and the smiles I get from re-living Buller memories that are endless. But to add to this these are some of my favorite Buller things. Shank night at the Duck with friends, Springtime Summit sessions, sunny afternoons on the Chalet balcony, pow days when the whole mountain is open, end of season Kooroora parties, Danni’s cocktails at the Snow Pony, Tuesday nights at the Whitt with Patty, spring time snowboarding with friends, chicken burgers and long lunches at Tirol.

Finally, I love hearing everyone’s plans for the summer. Whether it is summer plans or winter plans it’s exciting to hear where new and old friends are heading and whether our paths will cross. If you follow the snow anywhere in the world you will meet someone that knows someone from Buller, or run into someone you know from Buller in the most random place. It’s the Alpine connection as the noble one, Nick Reeves, calls it. As lots of us are travel junkies we end up in similar places to follow similar passions. Then end up in the same places to unwind and warm up. I also love coming back every year to Buller to find familiar faces all fresh and full of stories from the summer, ready to do it all again. For now that’s amore, thanks for listening to me.

JUST BRILLIANT: Murray Bartram went on a three week freeride trip to Alaska and it was more than an amazing heli-skiing holiday.

such as spasticity. Keeping fit and playing soccer with kids that were like him made Murray appreciate sport activities. When Murray started skiing at 16 and became more involved in competitive disabled sports, his CP would cause a very different reaction within the racing community. Still a teenager, Murray trained for three months in Canada and competed in his first races with great success, taking home five medals. “That’s when the controversy started,” Murray said. “I did so well in my first season that people said ‘hang on a second, is this guy even disabled?’.” The decision was made that Murray did not classify as a disabled sports person for the Paralympics. He got on board with sponsor

Anja and Ava Bartels are two little girls who have thrived on the snow runs all their lives and just love getting out to ski. Anja (right) says the snow is pretty and good and she likes her skiing with the Koala School lessons through BSL, which she has done since she was two years old – now at only four.

When Murray started to plan his heli-skiing trip, Liberty supplied the suitable planks. And was it worth giving up the opportunity to go to the Paralympics? “Skiing Alaska – are you kidding me?” he said. “In my view that was so much better than going to the Paralympics.” After having achieved so much at quite a young age, what else is there to look forward to in a young man’s life? “I wanna get more into touring, you know, going back country and getting some fresh stuff, away from the masses,” he said. “I also want to get more involved with Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA), hang out with kids who have CP or other disabilities, and do some guiding.”

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Liberty Skis through working in the ski industry and is enjoying bombing around the mountain. He prefers freeriding to race training any day of the winter. “To most of the guys at the top level, skiing has become a job. “I didn’t wanna be like that - I love skiing.” Murray and Liberty seem like the perfect match, they were both looking for a different angle to the competitive nature of skiing. “A lot of people with disabilities are told they are not capable of doing things, and I hate that,” he said. “But it’s not that they can’t do it. “They’ve been told they can’t do it. How crazy is that? “With Liberty, I can do what I enjoy and don’t get told that I can’t do something,” the bubbly red head, whose big goal was to get to Alaska, said.

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SKIING BULLER: Rachel (Ratty) Sheidow returned home from New Zealand and loved the fresh snow awaiting her on Mt Buller’s higher slopes.

MURRAY ‘Muzza’ Bartram swapped the Paralympics for a life-time trip to Alaska. Imagine this - you are in a helicopter in Alaska, about to drop into a run that is steeper than anything you have ever skied before. What do you think about? You make sure you don’t drop a glove. For Murray, a three week freeride trip to Alaska was more than just an amazing heli-skiing holiday. “Alaska was my Paralympics,” the 23-year-old Sydney sider, who freerides Mt Buller, said. He was referring to the trip he had planned for more than 12 months. Murray was born with cerebral palsy. His parents never wanted any special treatment for their boy at school. “I didn’t even know I had a disability, just that I was different,” Muzza said, seeming glad that his parents made this decision in order to allow him a normal life. “My parents told the teacher in kindy to just let me pick myself up when I fell over lots.” “They knew my disability had nothing to do with the brain, it was only the physical part.” It was not until the age of 14, when Murray started with soccer that he found out more about his condition. “Soccer was my introduction to disabled sports,” he said. “I learned about my disability and my abilities as well.” Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a non-contagious motor condition affecting parts of the brain, causing movement impairments

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FINE TIME: Dressed appropriately for the cowboy-cowgirl theme are Emma Morgan and Anders at the party.

HOW!: Indian squaws Bronia Tulluch and Kathy Bashfield enjoyed the party.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: Some incredibly talented performers have taken to the Village Square stage each Saturday afternoon for the ‘Sessions in the Square’ this season. There have been musicians, breakdancers (pictured), the ever popular Wazza Smith and a Bollywood DJ. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

Wild, wild west night By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY THE Buller Knights held their annual fundraising party at ABOM’s Moosehead Bar recently, raising more than $20,000 for Interplast. Interplast is a charity organisation that helps children with hair lips and cleft palletes with surgery to correct their condition. The money raised this year will be used to send a mission of specialist surgeons to Papua New Guinea. Some 10 specialists make up the Buller Knights, who each year raise funds to send doctors

to third world countries to help with the plight of children. This year the fundraiser was also in memory of former member Simon Bernard, who died last year. Mr Bernard was a plastic surgeon so in line with his work the funds will go to Interplast. The theme for this year’s big bash party was ‘Wild, Wild West’ with the Moosehead being adorned with appropriate decorations. “It was an incredibly good night with more than 200 attending the evening, not only raising money for Interplast, but also in memory of Simon,” Buller Knight, Tony Oates, said.

TOUGH GUYS: The Mt Buller Ski Patrol Gang Francesco Eri, Nathan Lyons and Terry Lyons came out ‘guns on the ready’ for a wild time.

NOT ANNIE?: Robyn Brookes may not have been an Annie Oakley of the Wild West, but still gained some admirers with kisses galore on the night.

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TIME FOR FUN: The Fun Photos team enjoyed a dinner and get together at the HooHaa sporting their “snowflake” eyewear - trying to be in disguise (from left) Woody, Jonny, Nicster, Chandra, Bastien and Tooth.  PHOTO: Fun Photos

JOINING IN: Adding to the gathering at Kooroora were Dave Clark, Maja Paine and Don Howie.  PHOTO: Fun Photos

2012 ON PATROL: Mt Buller’s Ski Patrol crew for 2012 met on top of the new Bonza Chairlift for this quick snap. The Ski patrol is doing a fantastic job each year looking after visitors and making sure everyone is safe and happy. Well done everyone - see you next year. PHOTO: Fun Photos

NIGHT OUT: The Kooroora was the place for the Paine family to hold a party and attending were Genevieve DeCampo, Rick Lansell and Buffy Trosdal. PHOTO: Fun Photos

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Celebratring her birthday at a surprise party were (from left) Jodie Wright with James Calvert-Jones and Emma Shorland.

ALL TOGETHER: Enjoying the surprise birthday celebrations were Jules Cronin-Gus, Emma Shorland, Liz Reardon, Jodie Wright and Phil Newton.

SURPRISE: Phil Newton with his girlfriend Jodie Wright who did get a surprise when arriving at a party in her honor. PHOTOS: Liz Reardon

Surprise, surprise! PARTY TIME: It was certainly a surprise when Jules Cronin-Gus, Jenny Hart, Annelies Zirknitzer and Bob Bartels arrived for the party held at Pension Grimus for Jodie Wright’s birthday.

ON HAND: GREAT FRIENDS: Friends and family joined in the party for Jodie including Jenny Hart, Bob Bartels and Darren Hart.

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Sensational spring at Mt Buller

MT BULLER is gearing up for what is set to be a sensational spring, with a jam-packed event calendar and plenty of snow on the ground making for ideal conditions for fun and festivities. September sees a huge range of events on the calendar, with the James Boag ABOM Mogul Challenge and Urban Pro ski events, Taste of Buller food and wine festival, the fun of 80s Day, as well as the gala night of the Peak Pics Photo Competition and Mt Buller Short Film Festival all happening throughout the month. The festivities kicked off on September 1 with a world class field of mogul skiers hitting the course on the Chamois ski run for the 24th annual James Boag ABOM Mogul Challenge. This Saturday will see the return of the Urban Pro, where Australia’s best junior slopestyle skiers will tackle a specially built course in the heart of the village. Foodies will be in heaven when the Taste of Buller food and wine festival celebrations commence today, with a program of events and special offers designed to highlight Mt Buller’s wide range of culinary experiences over a two week period. The event kicks off with a launch on Friday at the Mt

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Buller Chalet, then diners can explore the culinary delights of the resort at their leisure for the next two weeks using a special Taste of Buller Passport, available from participating venues. Mt Buller will relive the fluorescent glory days of the 1980s also this Saturday when the annual ‘80s Day celebra-

tions hit the mountain. Ski lockers across the mountain will be raided for relics from the days of fluoro onepieces, headbands and sunglasses as staff and guests gear up for a fantastic day both on and off the slopes. This year there is even more happening around the moun-

tain, with a DJ at Koflers spinning 80s tunes, a world record attempt for the most amount of one-piece ski suits in one place, and of course the 80s Apres Party where there’ll be a DJ, prizes for the best dressed and more. Saturday, September 15 will see the gala night of the

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Mt Buller Short Film Festival screening in the Mt Buller Cinema, where the finalists of the Peak Pics Photographic Competition will also be on display. A selection of finalist films will be chosen by the expert judging panel and winners announced.

Marketing and communications manager for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Tracey Barnes, is looking forward to spring on top of the world. “There is so much going on at Mt Buller during September, with events to keep everyone entertained, as well as great accommodation deals that even include free accommodation and lift passes for children. “Visitors to Mt Buller during spring will be spoilt for choice, with the opportunity to check out top class skiers, indulge in a culinary adventure, bust out the retro skiwear and take in the amazing films and photographs of the Photo Competition and Short Film Festival. “And with some sunny days and mild temperatures thrown in, we really will be on top of the world here at Mt Buller.” Mt Buller currently has up to 149cm of snow in manmade areas, with recent and forecasted snowfalls setting up the resort for excellent spring skiing. Spring is full of accommodation deals, with promotions such as Kids Ski and Stay Free in Spring giving families the ideal opportunity to visit, with up to two kids receiving free accommodation and lift tickets for five day stays.


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Dolomite Mountains the place for Aussie summer THE Dolomites of northern Italy offer the world’s largest lift-served ski region and when Mt Buller’s ski season is ended why not head there. Italy offers unique appeal among European countries. I t ’s a n e n o r m o u s , modern network of 450 ski lifts, 45 resorts, 12 valley communities and 1220km of groomed trails. This year there will be new lifts, including chairs, gondolas and cable cars. And all this is available on one lift pass, the Dolomiti Superski Pass, for just $A40–$54 a day. Located near the Austrian-Italian border, the imposing Dolomite Mountains present a superb blend of skiing, culture and scenery — everything you expect in a European ski holiday. The infrastructure and amenities are as sophisticated as anywhere in the world, yet somehow this special pocket of Europe has lost none of its village charms and age-old traditions. “Some of the betterknown resorts in the region include Cortina, Corvara, Val Gardena, La Villa, Arabba and our own base in the Fassa Valley, the village of Campitello,” Dolomites S k i To u r s m a n a g e r, Mario Longhitano, said. Campitello is a classic mountain ski village in a

delightful location. It offers traditional atmosphere, modern comforts and access to a host of local valley facilities. Each day Dolomites Ski Tours’ Mario Longhitano and his team take Australian skiers off to explore new mountains and ski areas. Sydney based and operating for 27 years, Dolomites Ski Tours are the only true specialists for skiing in Italy, and particularly the spectacular Dolomite Mountains. Their expert resort hosts know where to find the best snow and conditions in any weather – be it the sun-filled glacier runs of the Marmolada, the sanctuary of Vigo’s tree-lined slopes or the winding, 5km trails down Lupo Bianco…not to mention the open faces of Col Rodella or the eyewatering ‘scream’ down C i a m p a c ’s g r o o m e d downhill. “But perhaps the greatest skiing is offered around the famous Sella Ronda route,” Mario said. “Together we ski anything from 45–75km in a day without catching the same lift twice. “And in the process we complete a circuit around the towering Sella Group of mountains in the heart of the Dolomites. “Best of all, it’s open to any strong intermediate. “This blend of moun-

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MAJESTIC HEIGHTS: Skiing the Dolomites, Italy has a splendor all its own.

In brief Break out in 80s style THIS Saturday Mt Buller celebrates all things 80s with a fun-filled Eighties Day. Bust out your tightest and brightest ski gear and enjoy the world’s most colorful decade’s fashion and fun. For one ultra-cheesy day only, resort visitors, staff and residents will dust off their fluoro ski outfits and hit the slopes in style, making the most of the fantastic spring weather. Koflers Hutte will be holding an 80s DJ from 1pm-3pm and at 2pm a world record attempt will be under way for the ‘Most One Piece Ski Suits in One Place’. Dress in your finest retro outfits and head down to Apres at the Mt Buller Chalet for the ‘official ‘80s Day Party’ from 4pm-7pm. After 9pm the Kooroora Hotel will hold the 80s ‘dance off’.

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A NEW book launched in Sydney this week by Zali Steggall looks set to cause a stir among Australian skiers and historians. Ripples are likely to be felt as far away as the Swiss headquarters of the International Ski Federation with new evidence of skiing history. ‘Australian Skiing: The First 100 Years’, by Melbourne journalist Wendy Cross, strongly challenges the claim made last year by Sydney writer Norman W Clarke that the Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club, originally known as the Kiandra Snow Shoe Club, is the world’s oldest ski club. The claim was heavily promoted by Snow Australia, the Internet marketing face of Australian ski resort operators, during celebrations last year

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Dream conditions with top snow dump

MT BULLER skiers and boarders are on a high after celebrating epic snow conditions and the best weekend of the season. A recent dump of fresh dry powder snow saw all 22 lifts rolling for the biggest weekend of the winter and heralding in spring. “This last weekend was the

best skiing of the winter so far and possibly in memory for many Mt Buller skiers and boarders,” Laurie Blampied, general manager of Buller Ski Lifts, said. “We have the largest network of lifts in Victoria and every one moved skiers and boarders to make the most of this superb fresh snow cover.

“More than 20cm of snow fell in two days and these are conditions skiers dream about.” Mt Buller also announced specially discounted spring deals including a Three Day Any Day pass available online that sees adults skiing at regular child prices at just $59 a day. The arrival of September also

coincided with the beginning of great spring offers, including Kids Ski and Stay Free at many accommodation houses. “This is the perfect storm for snow enthusiasts,” Anthony O’Shea, marketing manager for Buller Ski Lifts, said. “These spring discounts all kicked in just as the best

Perfect way to pop the big question

By Bumps Snow, Surf, Skate proprietor, Peter Haley

GET OUT EARLY: with spring sunshine and plenty of snow on the ground, the advice is ‘get out early, ski early and dress sensibly’. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

IF last weekend is any indication it looks like we are in for some great spring skiing. The sun was out, the snow was brilliant and fun was had by all. Mt Buller has some great deals available so it’s the perfect time to bring the family up and enjoy some great skiing and sun. To get optimum skiing conditions the key is to get out there early and finish early this is when the snow is at its best. Sitting outside at Kofler’s for lunch is a must, then after your big day a massage or even some beverages watching the footy finals will cap off a fantastic day. There are a few things you can do equipment wise to get better performance in these conditions. A warmer wax and

a coarser structure can be applied to the base of your skis or snowboards to help them glide better. This helps to prevent the suction effect due to very wet snow. Darker tint or mirrored goggles or sunglasses with solid tint lenses are essential as the sun is a lot stronger at this time of the year. You may not need to wear as many layers. A soft shell jacket will offer great wind protection, while not being too warm. Sunscreen is best applied several times well before you head out and should be re-applied throughout the day. Most importantly ski/ride in control and respect everyone around you.

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MARRY ME: Daniel Jurczyszyn and Amy Mullen on top of the world - in more ways than one.  PHOTO: Fun Photos

IT’S not everyday a girl gets proposed to. For Amy Mullen Mt Buller was ‘the special place and special time’ chosen by her partner Daniel Jurczyszyn to propose marriage. Daniel is an ex part time Mt Buller ski instructor, who did seven seasons between 2001 and 2007. “On the morning of September 1, I headed up Grimus chair and convinced Amy to head towards McLauglins Shoulder where we needed to climb in our skis to get to the top peak,” Daniel told Buller News. “As we get to the top I tell Amy that I have something wrong with my skis and that I need to de-ski and check the bases. “As I take my skis off, Amy turns away and looks at the amazing view. “As she looks away I put my skis down, get down on both knees behind her tap her on her back so she turns around and I asked her ‘Amy Mullen will you marry me?’. “She responds, ‘are you serious’...then yells ‘yes’. “It was a surreal moment. “We both love our skiing and being up on the mountains most weekends. “So proposing on top of Mt Buller was just us to a T. “We are also members of CSIR Ski Club and Lodge up at Buller.” As far as Mt Buller News knows this is the second public proposal to take place on Mt Buller this season - do you know of anymore - email


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Friday - Saturday - Sunday 6:30am - 12 midnight • Great Coffee • Hot Food • Alpine Diesel • Gourmet Focaccias • Grocery Items


Enjoy an all day breakfast by the fire in the new Vantage Café diner


Spring is in the alpine air

conditions of the season arrived. “Traditionally people assume August is peak season but this year September is going to be the time to get up to the mountain. “We’ve got some incredible deals and the best skiing conditions I’ve experienced in Australia in a long time to go with them.”

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Mt Buller property news...


MAGNIFICENT LOCATION: Glory View Chalet offers magnificent views over the mountain.

GOING BY: Living at Glory View Chalet you can watch the skiers go by on the Chamois Chairlift - right outside your window.

The Glory View Chalet perfect for winter, summer – all year round

FOR SALE FOR SALE • 3 bedroom, 2 bath apt • Fully renovated throughout • Undercover parking • Best quality kitchen appliances • Washer and dryer • Gas fire • Sunny northern exposure

Priced for the market $750,000 • 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom apt • Spacious living, kitchen & dining • Large master bedroom & ensuite • Close to the Village centre • Onsite parking • Children’s TV/rumpus room • Fully furnished • Split level design

Priced at $825,000 • Buy an alpine lifestyle • Ski lodge with 22 beds • 5 bunkrooms + room w/ensuite • Managers 2 bedroom apt. • Huge living area • Commercial kitchen • 2 bathrooms • Entry, laundry, drying room

Priced @ $775,000

SUMMER TIME: Take advantage of the cooler climate in summer and go mountain biking for pleasure or competitiveness on Mt Buller - from right outside your front door.

Included are three bathrooms, an additional powder room and hydronic heating throughout. Located at the entrance to Chamois run the chalet enjoys ski- in and ski-out access. The chalet has an on title car park accessed via a heated driveway. And for the mountain loving family, don’t just consider using the chalet in winter, but also make it the perfect summer retreat with soaring sunlight and plenty of room to store bikes. Some of the houses in this group even have basement storage accessible in the summer months. There are many summer activities which offer families the variety to use the property all year round.

There are Mt Buller summer schools teaching cooking, photography and other activities to be announced. There is the annual Targa High Country car challenge on November 9 to 11 and of course the national and international biking events on Buller have grown with record numbers recorded on the mountain last summer. Or for those who are a little more conservative – just go bush walking along the many tracks or get away from the heat of the city to the cooler climate of the mountains on those 40 degree plus days. Whatever reason you need to get away make Mt Buller and the Chalets your home away from home.

• 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom • Sleeps 10 • Over three levels • Sunny, northern outlook • Lots of potential • Ski in, ski out to slopes • Spa bath & laundry

Priced at $535,000 • 2 bedroom apartment • Immaculately presented • Six beds, sleeps eight • Kitchen with all appliances • Open living and dining area • Washer and dryer • Worth an inspection

Priced at $475,000

Mark Woodsford Alpine Real Estate Shop 2, Kooroora Hotel Building, Mt Buller Phone 03 5777 6496 Mob 0429 930 700


GLORY View Chalet has now been completed and fitted out with display furniture and ready for inspection. Recently appointed by the Receiver Ferrier Hodgson, Mark Adams Real Estate was engaged to sell the seven very large chalets all with magnificent views and located on the edge of Chamois ski run offering ski in and ski out access. Designed around a central heated driveway all chalets include on title car parking. Already one chalet Slopeside is under offer and Mark is confident the keen pricing will secure further sales. Looking for an even bigger place? Then Glory View is for you and the name says it all. Being one of the larger houses “Glory View” at 69 Chamois is for sale at $800,000 and includes five spacious bedrooms plus a media room. The chalet features a parent retreat on the top level and a second master bedroom - both with great views. The living area includes high ceilings and large expanses of glass offering dream views. The large living room also features timber floors, gas fireplace and undercover balcony – a spacious kitchen has 900mm wide oven, five burner gas hotplate, a built in microwave and loads of white gloss cupboards and space for a large fridge.

ROOM TO MOVE: The living areas of Glory View offer spacious family rooms with plenty of space for the visitors as well.

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First in Alpine Real Estate. Contact us to discuss buying or selling your property now.

0422 773 895

Mk II Apt 3w - $895,000 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car - Stunning Spacious Apartment - Corner apt with spectacular views - Large open plan living, with OFP - Convenient access to village and slopes

MAwson 4 $595,000

Bluff VIew Apt 7 $1.4MIl


- Stunning Spacious apartment - Breathtaking Panoramic Views - Enormous Billiards room, with bar and 2nd lounge

- Neat and well designed studio - Private Entry - Quiet & Private - Everything you need

CuCkoo lodge $1.65MIl ono

3 Bed, 2 Bath

6 Bed, 3 Bath, 2 Car

- Great value 3 bedroom - Quiet central location - Roadside car parking - Open fireplace - Large bedrooms (sleeps 9)

- Stone Open Fire Place - Private Sauna, Study, Schnapps Bar - Located right on Shakey Knees Ski Run - Enjoy your own European Lodge

ChAlet 610 & 714 - $799,000 2 Bed + loft, 2 Bath, 1 car - Stunning conversion of two apartments - Convenient slope side location - On title car park - Sunny northerly views

snowMAss 5 - $1.15MIl

whIstleR 8 “glACIeR” $239,000

4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1 Car

ChAlet 402 - $365,000 2 Bed, 1 Bath - -

Great price Renovated kitchen Convenient ground floor Good rental history available - Sizeable ski lockers

ABoM 3 - $750,000

BeehIVe 6 $360,000 ono 1.5 Bed, 1 Bath

- Convenient location - Large bedroom - Northerly aspect

twIn toweRs A604 - $405,000 2 Bed, 1 Bath - Light and bright apartment - Picturesque views - Sleeps 4 people - Great for active small family

CARIBouX Apt 2 - $575,000

3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 car

4 Bed, 2 Bath

2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car

- Freestanding chalet in prestigious development - Grand master bedroom with exceptional Bluff views - Heated drive to on title car park

- Superb location right on Bourke Street - Plenty of space for the largest of families - Rental opportunities available

- Townhouse style Snowhome - Large living upstairs, Open Fire, Great Views & Balcony - Well-appointed kitchen, stone bench tops & bamboo floor - Large storage/ski tunning area - Parking on heated driveway at apartment door

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Contact: Annelies Zirky 0422 773 895 - 1/62 Chamois Rd, Mount Buller VIC 3723


- Recently refurbished - Commercial facility sleeping 80 pax - Licensed bar and restaurant - 8 self contained apartments - Double and triple bed lodge rooms - open to the public, visit anytime

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Mark Adams Real Estate

Elkhorn 1:: $615,000 fully furnished

The Christiana 3 - Breathtaker Rd :: $1,000,000



Chalet Apartment 902:: $650,000 Fully Renovated

- Leading The Way... LIS NE TIN W G


Find me another one and with a car-park!

For the biggest of families - prime location - car parking on title

Modern Elkhorn building with garage car park




2 bedrooms, furnished & with large windows facing Bourke St on level 9 z Very appealing living and dining area offering great views and good light z Features an attractive kitchen with stone and timber finishes z Family bathroom with bath plus second toilet. Laundry & drying cupboard

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Quality furnishings, plush carpet, well designed, 3 bed, 2 bath Living room has floor-ceiling windows, balcony with snow gum outlook Large walk-in storage room suits push bikes and more. Garage car park with remote controlled entry. Easily rentable

Alto Villas 204 & 304:: Select from two on Bourke St

Gran Sasso 3 :: $1,450,000 inspection will impress

Modern building in premium location- basement car parking and lift

One of the best at Buller - Top Floor - 180 degree north views


Snowflake 19 :: $475,000 4WD parking

Level 3 apartment with terrific views & light from 3 sides Very large 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, large living, gas fireplace, good kitchen Additional studio apartment, kitchen and bathroom Studio is interconnected and has separate entry perfect to rent

Snowflake renovated unit - top floor - magnificent views

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LIS NE TIN W G Two fantastic modern Apartments both with Car Parks z z z z

Each Open Plan Living, Kitchen & Dining with quality fittings Each sleeps 6 & have 3 Bedrooms - Queen Size x 2 and Bunks Established Rental History with great returns - Winter & Summer Live in One & Rent Other, Live in both or Rent both.

Huski 6 Mt Buller :: $550,000 furnished

Family Ski House in Huski with parking on title z

z Upstairs Two good size bedrooms and BIR plus family bathroom


z Downstairs living, kitchen, drying room and second toilet


z 4WD parking available to owners on equal basis


The Christiana 5- Breathtaker Rd:: $549,000 negotiable




z Two level with new balcony, new roof and new face

Attractive modern building less than a minute to Bourke St



Long lease, long life and now it looks good

RESERVE YOUR APARTMENT NOW –Stamp duty savings z


Hima 2 - The Avenue, Mt Buller :: $375,000


Buller Apartments on Village Square:: $500,000 to $650,000


State of the art design, impeccable finishes & furnishings Spacious 16 sq - 3 large bedrooms, master ensuite & 2nd bathrm Open fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, balcony. Quality flooring Garage parking, lift, separate entry to large owners private ski room



Elkhorn Apartment 19 & 19A:: $775,000 in total

Apartment 204 which has large deck is priced at $695,000 Apartment 304 has a balcony and is priced at $760,000 Both have 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, drying room and laundry Alto for 2012 has new entry foyer to Bourke St making access better

2 & 3 bedroom with sizes ranging from 70-106m² Each with basement car parking and lift access From the experienced Alpine Developers of Gran Sasso & Majella Ground floor retail. New separate 68 bed- “Buller Lodge”

Mark Adams :: 03 9646 4230 :: 0419 858 007 15 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

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Ground floor apartment with easy access via the private entrance Terrific family apartment with 3 bedrooms and could even suit 2 families Main bedroom & ensuite plus a second bathroom for other two bedrooms Well designed open plan kitchen, dining and lounge, study nook

One of only 6 modern two storey house style properties 4WD on title car parking. 3 spacious bedrooms with sleeping for 10 2 bathrooms with master ensuite. Euro style laundry Combustion fireplace and balcony in living area .Very large kitchen

Whistler 7 :: $450,000 Open Fireplace


On title heated car park at the front of Whistler Glorious views down the valley with snow capped mountain peaks z 2 bedrooms sleeping six and 2 well fitted bathrooms z Spacious living room with open fireplace, balcony & huge bay window z z

Suzi Meltzer :: 03 5777 5288 :: 0419 144 884 Local Resident and Agent Representative



Offering spacious master bedroom, private study & floor to ceiling windows 2 further bedrooms will BIR and flexible bedding. Renovated bathroom Excellent modern kitchen with ample storage. Additional attic storage Spacious living room, glorious mountain views. Annual car parking on site



MT BULLER NEWS — September 7, 2012 — PAGE 19

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Mark Adams Real Estate


- Leading The Way...


“Glory View ” Chalet 6 at 69 Chamois Rd - ONLY $800,000

Views from Glory View Chalet

NOW COMPLETED & FITTED WITH DISPLAY FURNITURE z The Chalet includes 5 spacious bedrooms plus a media room z Features parent retreat on the top level and second master bedroom both with great views z Living area includes high ceilings and large expanses of glass offering dream views z The large living room also features timber floors, gas fireplace and undercover balcony z Spacious kitchen has 900 wide oven, 5 burner gas hotplate, built in microwave and loads of white gloss cupboards & space for a large fridge z Included are 3 bathrooms, an additional powder room & Hydronic heating throughout z Located at the entrance to Chamois run the chalet enjoys ski in and ski out access z The chalet has an on title car park accessed via a heated driveway UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM RECEIVERS & MANAGERS FERRIER HODGSON - INSPECTION BY APPOINTMENT WITH EXCLUSIVE AGENTS. Some chalets already under offer

Fantastic value apartment with all new facilities for 2012

Out with the old in with the new



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Recently completed luxury apartment with spectacular views 3 great bedrooms, 8 beds, two bathrooms, Bourke St balcony Magnificent & best underground car parking on buller included Low outgoings, terrific rental opportunities, on site management

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Top floor in Mawson- Allocated annual parking permit z Generous living, high ceilings, open fireplace and parquetry flooring z Large cedar windows & balcony both offering glorious views z 3 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with ensuite. Terrific timber entry z Modern cabinetry in bedrooms, bathrooms & kitchen completes the property

Chalet Apartment 605:: $395,000 negotiable

Peak 203 A & B Twin Key :: from $725,000 neg

Great location near Abom & opposite ski school

Rent One - Rent Two - Or Stay in Both

Free standing Snowmass house located on Bourke St

3 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including top floor grand master bedroom z Master bedroom has exceptional views to the bluff and stylish en-suite z Large central living, study nook, dining and kitchen with open fireplace z Second living room/children retreat. Laundry, ski storage & drying z

Mark Adams :: 03 9646 4230 :: 0419 858 007 15 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

z Fully furnished, 2 bedrooms & one bathroom. Ski in-Ski out z Living & kitchen overlook sunny balcony with excellent northerly aspect z Easy 4WD access for arrivals and departures. Holiday letting or occupy. z 2 Lifts & 2 ski storage cages plus on site laundry facilities.

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HUGE PRICE DROP VENDOR WANTS IT SOLD Secure car park in the basement with lift access to apartments Main apartment “A” has large living, dining, kitchen and 2 bedrooms Second apartment “B” features full kitchen, main bedroom and bathroom

Suzi Meltzer :: 03 5777 5288 :: 0419 144 884 Local Resident and Agent Representative



Snowmass 5:: $1,150,000 On Title Car Park


Facing north with loads of light and shakey knees views Fully furnished, kitchen, sleeps 4-5 and large ensuite Magnificent opportunity to occupy and rent out hassle free Great rental returns and underground parking can be purchased

Mawson 6 - The Avenue:: $625,000 reduced IN VE N TOSTR DO SE UC R LL TS

Arlberg Hotel Studio 205 & 206:: only $290,000 each



Arlberg Bourke St Apartment 9 :: Only $795,000

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