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Friday, September 6, 2013

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Mt Buller’s Anton Grimus (below) was perfecting his ski cross style on the slopes of Mt Buller last week in almost perfect conditions. PHOTOS: Andrew Railton

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MT BULLER Resort Management has signed ski cross athlete and Mt Buller local Anton Grimus as a sponsored athlete. Grimus will now proudly wear the Mt Buller logo as he ramps up his journey to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Grimus, 22, who has recently spent time training and competing in Australia, as well as spending time with his family

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on Mt Buller, will proudly wear the Mt Buller logo when he competes in qualifying events leading up to the Olympics. Speaking at Mt Buller last week, Grimus said he has been training hard and looking forward to representing his home mountain as he prepares for the Winter Olympics. “I’m super excited for the upcoming year and to be working with Mt Buller in preparation for my bid for Olympic

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qualification,” he said. “I have been training hard at Buller and various locations this season before we head over to Europe in November for the competition season, and this preparation down in the southern winter is key in our preparation for the northern winter.” Grimus enjoyed a successful northern winter where he achieved a seventh place at the World Championships at Voss, Norway.

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He also placed third at the World Cup in Nakiska, Canada, before heading back home and competing most recently at the FIS Australian New Zealand Continental Cup at Mt Hotham, where he placed fifth. Grimus juggles his time between competitive skiing and university studies, taking on an engineering course in Canberra. Earlier this year he said life

with skiing and studying was not so hard as when it is summer here, university is in recess so he can easily travel overseas to compete. “When it is winter here I can do my studies and compete and train on the snowfields in Australia - it also helps that we have a big break from uni in the middle of the year and at the height of our snow season,” he said. Grimus commutes back to Mt Buller whenever he can to be near his family and his beloved Mt Buller.

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Long opening hours, competitive rates, fast professional fitting and quality hire equipment are the cornerstones of the service provided by the Grimus Ski Centre. Forgotten your hat, gloves, goggles, sunscreen or just need a souvenir? Take a browse in the boutique.

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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SALMON DELIGHT: Head chef at Enzian Hotel on Chamois David Bloodworth shares one of his favorite recipes - Sesame-Crusted Salmon. PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney

A wealth of winter food knowledge DAVID Bloodworth, head chef at Enzian Hotel on Chamois, is a new chum to the Mt Buller community, but not to ski fields. Although this is David’s first year on Mt Buller he has cheffed in ski resorts throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA for more than 42 years. He prefers contemporary cuisine, but says he does not have any one favorite as there are so many great dishes he has created over the years.

“There does tend to be a Canadian flair to my cooking - I am half Canadian after all,” he says with a smile. David only spends his winters in Australia as during our summer he heads back to Canada for the northern winter. Although not his absolute favorite dish he offers one very tempting delight at Enzian. “You’ll have to come into Enzian to get the real deal with all my little tricks that make this dish a stand out,” he says.

Sesame-crusted salmon with Asian greens

s, 4 (180g INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup sesame seed n vegetable spoo table 1 off, skin , fillets on each) salm n soy sauce, 2 oil, 1/4 cup oyster sauce, 1 tablespoo teaspoons caster teaspoons Chinese sesame oil, 2 thways, 1 bunch sugar, 2 baby bok choy, halved leng ths leng 8cm into cut , sum baby choy a plate. METHOD: Place sesame seeds on side. Press salmon into seeds to coat one high heat. Heat oil in a frying pan over mediumtwo to three Cook salmon, seed side down, for en. minutes or until gold tes. Turn - then cook for two to three minu sesame oil Combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, ium-low heat. and sugar in a saucepan over med until heated or te minu one for Cook, stirring, saucepan of water through. Meanwhile, bring a large to the boil. for 30 Then cook bok choy and choy sum er. tend seconds or until just een plates. Divide bok choy and choy sum betw Top with salmon. Drizzle with sauce mixture. Serve.

Snow way known season is ending MT BULLER has said no to the onset of spring in 2013, with the resort celebrating the continuation of winter with a jam-packed event calendar, special offers and more, right throughout the month of September. Snow bunnies were spotted protesting against spring on Thursday in Federation Square (Melbourne) where six tonnes of snow from Mt Buller was dumped, much to the delight of lunchtime commuters and onlookers. Mt Buller was covered in more than a metre of snow last week, and looks set to enjoy a sensational final month of the 2013 snow season. September sees a range of events take place on Mt Buller, with the Australian Interschools Championships and Urban Pro ski events, the fun and fluoro fashions of 80s Day, the Peak Pics Photo Competition and Mt Buller Short Film Festival finales as well as a dedicated Kids’ Week all happening throughout the month. Hundreds of school students will converge on Mt Buller from September 4-8 for the 2013 Australian Interschool SnowSports Championships, which sees students compete in a range of disciplines for national titles. Ski lockers across the resort will be raided for relics from the days of fluoro one-pieces, headbands and sunglasses as staff and guests gear up a celebration of the decade that fashion forgot on 80s Day, this Saturday. Celebrations will be held across the mountain, 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 the annual 80s Après Party where there’ll be a DJ, prizes for the best dressed and more. Two great events will hit the

FED SQUARE SNOW: Camilla Ford enjoyed snow at Federation Square (Melbourne) last Thursday while Mt Buller declared ‘no spring this year’. PHOTO: Malcolm Fairclough

mountain on Saturday, September 14 – the Urban Pro and the finale of the Mt Buller Short Film Festival and Peak Pics Photo Competition. The annual Urban Pro junior slopestyle event sees the hottest junior skiers and snowboarders showing judges what tricks they have up their sleeves as they compete for great prizes under lights on a series of urban terrain park features. And in the evening the Mt Buller Short Film Festival and Peak Pics Photo Competition will take place, showing finalists of both competitions on the big screen at the Mt Buller Cinema. A selection of finalist films will be chosen by the expert judging panel and winners announced on the night. Director of marketing, sales and business development for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Amber Gardner, is

saying no to spring in 2013. “Here at Mt Buller we’re saying ‘no’ to spring this year – and for good reason. “We’ve got plenty of snow on the ground, great deals on offer, a range of awesome events and plenty more happening, all just three hours’ drive from Melbourne. “People have been saying that spring is just around the corner, but we think that’s rubbish. “We’re encouraging people to join the spring denial movement and join us in celebrating the fact that it’s definitely still winter here on Mt Buller. “With great snow, up to 50 per cent off peak season accommodation rates and up to 30 per cent off lift passes, we can’t think of a better place to be for the month of September. Say no to spring in 2013.” For further information on Mt Buller visit

We’re encouraging people to join the spring denial movement and join us in celebrating the fact that it’s definitely still winter here on Mt Buller.

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Also on the calendar from February to April are the Australian Mountain Bike National Championships over a six race series. Not all venues have been announced for this championship, but Mt Buller will be hoping that they will host one of the races in March, with the venues expected to be announced soon. The season kicks off in

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MT BULLER will again play host to top level National Mountain Bike events, following the release of the 2013-14 calendar last week. Cycling Australia announced the calendar for the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season for 2014, with Mt Buller hosting the second round of the XCE Invitational over the weekend of February 7 and 8 next year.

Family fun: mountain spans the generations

IT’S families and their long connection with Mt Buller that make this mountain special. The story of the Gillies family connection with Mt Buller is like that of many Mt Buller families. Chris Gillies, now a company director, business coach and IT mentor, and Robyn, an anesthetist along with Tess a year 10 student who is aiming to study medicine, have been part of Mt Buller for the last 50 years when Chris ďŹ rst discovered the magic of Mt Buller. Chris came to skiing relatively late. She was 20 when with friends made her first day trip to Mt Buller. In those days lodge accommodation was very basic; lift facilities were limited and according to Chris, “it took many trips to learn to snowplow on very long, heavy skisâ€?. One weekend they stayed at the Whitt which offered an accommodation/lesson package special and she had her first lesson with ski school director Walter. Chris loved it so much that in 1971, she, her husband and a group of friends bought into the old Downhill Lodge, made it their winter retreat and renamed the Lodge OMSKI. With two small daughters,

THREE GENERATIONS: Family members (from left) Tess, Chris (Gillies) and Robyn, love skiing and more particularly enjoy being together on the ski fields of Mt Buller. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

Sue and Robyn, they spent most weekends at OMSKI where all the members were ordinary young families with little money, but a love of snowsports. Chris reminisced, “There were no shuttle buses, everyone would walk with skis and young children to the Whitt Poma, then traverse across to the Shaky Knees T-Bar to reach the Summit, in those days it was all pomas and T-Bars on Buller.

“The pomas used to pull you up into the air, so we used to put the kids on our shoulders, it was the only way they were able to ride the poma.â€? Robyn Gillies learned to ski when she was just two and a half. One of her ďŹ rst memories was the old BB1 chair and how fast it was (they didn’t slow lifts down in those days). Robyn admits she ‘had no style’, just pointed her skis down

the hill and went fast. One of her strongest memories was when mum, Chris, was skiing Shaky Knees, broke her ankle and was taken to hospital. Teenagers Robyn and sister Sue were left at OMSKI for the school holidays, watched over by other lodge members, and the staff at the pub where they went for many meals. It certainly wouldn’t happen like that these days. The third generation Tess was put on skis as an 18 months old, and today, though much to her mum and grandma’s disdain, Tess has now “gone to the dark side – snowboardingâ€?. Tess recently competed in the Interschools for St Catherine’s - cross country and snowboard, “anything except mogulsâ€?, though she actually has her name on a cup for a moguls championship. Snowsports is a common bond that keeps this family together with Chris, Robyn and Tess skiing in Japan last year and every so often, they visit Sue Gillies who now lives in Denver and has a small place in Vail. Mt Buller is truly a mountain for families. Chris’s ďŹ nal words were that she’s waiting for the day when she can take the fourth generation out for their ďŹ rst ski.

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TOP RACER: Mark Adams Real Estate in conjunction with Team Buller each year since 2008 has presented an up and coming ski racer with a scholarship to help further their career. The scholarship pays the costs of sending the athlete overseas and history has proven that the winning athlete can excel in their chosen ski competition. The 2013 winner Angus Cronin (pictured with Mark Adams) was presented with this award last week. Angus will be travelling overseas during January. One such previous winner of this award was Brodie Summers who last week won the ABOM Moguls and is a hopeful for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

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In safe hands

MT BULLER CFA brigade held an assimilation exercise last week with great results and leaving the mountain community confident it is in safe hands. The emergency scenario was a fire in the new Buller Central (YHA) building off the village square with four people missing and the top floor filled with smoke. Firefighters got the call just on 6pm to attend with two units answering the alarm. Region 23 operations manager, Paul Horton, was ‘controller and Vicfire’ for the exercise and oversaw the whole operation. The aim of the exercise was to assess the level of response, accuracy of equipment handling and general overall actions of the members of the brigade. Mr Horton, as controller, then judged at what stage police and ambulance services were called, as well as back up from the Mansfield CFA brigade. Although there was no actual fire or smoke, ‘victims’ were found in the building and were treated and assessed by medical and ambulance staff and were handled as if they were actual patients. Police were called in to help with traffic control and assistance. Overall the exercise went off very well and was followed up by a debrief of all members at the fire station. Mr Horton said, following the exercise that there had been terrific support from management of Buller Central (Stuart Hogg). “Without Stuart’s participation the exercise would not have had the same

effect,” Mr Horton said. Supporting the exercise were crews from the Mansfield and Merrijig CFA brigades and the Booroolite brigade which stepped up within ESTA to support the Merrijig brigade and the broader community had there been a second call when they were up the mountain. “The participation and contribution of Ambulance Victoria who ‘showed off’ their new Community Ambulance officers for the first time was wonderful as well,” Mr Horton said. RMB manager resort operation’s Andrew Markwick not only contributed to the exercise but has also commenced planning to support agencies into the future. Mr Horton also thanked Victoria Police and the CFA health assessment team who conducted research into the physiological effects of heat stress on firefighters. “This leading edge research in conjunction with Deakin University will help CFA better serve and support firefighters into the future,” Mr Horton said. “And of course the volunteers of the Mt Buller brigade for their ongoing commitment to CFA and the resort must also be recognised. “This group of people have continually stepped up seeking opportunities for development and skill acquisition and should be congratulated for their efforts. “All these groups’ involvement and participation during the snow season allowed the exercise to be the success it was.” Mr Horton said plans and considerations were being fielded for 2014.

DIG DEEP: Firefighters dig away snow to find the fire hydrant point before connecting hoses.

AT THE HELM: Region 23 operations manager, Paul Horton, was controller and ‘Vicfire’ for the fire response exercise and stood in the centre of the action giving directions as needed.

READY TO FIRE: Mt Buller firefighters Ben Annear and Ewen Mackaskill stand ready for water to be turned on for their hoses during the exercise.

CHAIRLIFT DELIGHTS: Mackenzie Woodman, Charlee Woodmand and ski instructor Georgie Sloan enjoyed the chairlift ride during the season taking the Blue Bullet to the top. PHOTOS: Andrew Railton

PROGRESS REPORT: Paul Horton (CFA controller) checks progress while Rob Gardner (Mansfield CFA and Community Ambulance) waits instruction with Peter Langridge, (CFA HQ health assessment team) takes notes.

ON SCENE: Mt Buller CFA’s oversnow cat response unit arrives at the village square with firefighters locating the nearest fire hydrant point.

IT’S FUN: Patrick Pacak was snapped while learning to ski on Bourke Street at the beginning of the season.


SMILING WINNER: Amelia Jones returned to Mt Buller recently to compete in the Victorian Interschools Competition bringing with her the perpetual girls’ division trophy which she won outright last year.


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MT BULLER NEWS — September 6, 2013 — PAGE 5 weareonline he moment you walk through the doors of the historic Mansfield Regional Produce Store, you’ll know you’ve discovered a gem. High, timber-lined ceilings, shelves loaded with local produce, eclectic art for sale, a wine room showcasing the regions’ best – all that before you even taste the great food. Ask a local and they’ll tell you ‘The Produce Store’ is the place with the buzz for breakfast, lunch and the best coffee around. The menu is loaded with the best breakfasts, big soups, fresh baked baguettes, tasty vego meals and some wicked cakes as well. Our great blackboard menu and cosy atmosphere make dinner at The Produce Store a favourite with locals and visitors. The fire’s on, so come and enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts, Dean & Gillian Belle and the team, it’ll be a highlight of your visit to Mansfield.


Chris dresses up for a worthy cause through various streams to create a buzz and get as many people involved as possible,â€? Chris said last week. “This is truly an amazing cause and I think it will be a huge win/win for Mt Buller and One Girl.â€? The name of the event is ‘Do It In A Dress’; it involves the community putting on a school dress and doing some kind of activity while raising awareness and money to help girls in Africa do the same. “My fundraising page (www. currently has a target of $3000, however, with the help of Mt Buller and MansďŹ eld residents, I am hoping this can be surpassed within a couple of days,â€? Chris said. “This movement has been gaining great traction since last year

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when people like Dave Hughes did it in a dress and promoted it on Channel 10’s The Project.â€? Anyone wishing to donate to the education cause can catch up with Chris on the slopes – 9am at the bottom of the Blue Bullet chairlift, noon at Kooroora pub for lunch and 1.30pm at the bottom of Holden chairlift. He can also be contacted through And there are prizes for those who dress up too. The Resort Management Board is offering a pair of BollĂŠ goggles and Yuki Threads has put up a magniďŹ cent crew neck jumper. The Whitt will also be supporting DIIAD by encouraging everyone to wear their school dresses to Patty’s night on September 10 from 9pm until midnight.

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Breathtaker On High Spa Retreat Open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 6.00pm for treatment. In conjunction with the Li’tya spa care range, Breathtaker On High will offer our extensive treatment range including massage, beauty treatments and couples experiences along with an extensive retail product range. Bookings are essential, please call 5777 6377 to make your treatment booking.

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Signature Restaurant Cant wait for this one!! Signature Restaurant will open Friday 28 June after a major overhaul of the kitchen. What does this mean for the guest? Well we have designed the kitchen around an all-new menu making the service standards and quality of the menu second to none on the mountain. Signature Restaurant has transformed into a family-friendly dining experience with free Wi-Fi, amazing new kids’ menu and themed night throughout the season. Also available this season will be BT Gourmet Pizza in the restaurant. Bookings essential please phone 5777 6377 to make your reservation.

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CHRIS Brunskill is a man about town and Mt Buller who does not mind being seen one day a year ‘in a dress’. Next Tuesday, September 10, he will be promoting the event “Do It In A Dress� (DIIAD), for One Girl Mission. The charity’s mission is to give girls in Africa access to education. One of the ways they do this is by providing scholarships to ensure the girls have school books, pens, uniforms and school fees. Educating a girl has a multiplier effect; she reinvests more of her earnings back into her family and is three times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS. “This is my second season at Buller, working with MMBL and Breathtaker and I’m keen to have Mt Buller promote this event

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FIRST TIMERS: Caleb Annuscheit, Mickey Wilkinson, Leah Healy and Jaidyn Peck from Mansfield Primary School enjoyed their first ever snowboarding experience on Monday. PHOTO: Cathy Johnstone

Special day at Mt Buller for students STUDENTS from grade 6 at Mansfield Primary School (MPS) enjoyed a special day out at Mt Buller on Monday, courtesy of funds from the Mark Adams Ski and Golf Day. Organised by teacher Cathy Johnstone, all students enjoyed a ski/ snowboarding day, complete with lessons and ski hire for free, with the only cost being $20 for the bus. This provided a wonderful opportunity for all students to enjoy a day together out of the classroom, especially so for those who otherwise don’t have the opportunity to regularly participate in the yearly ski program at MPS. Ms Johnstone, who came up with the idea, said it was an opportunity for the grade

6 group to enjoy a special day together as they near the end of their primary school journey. “The day matches in with our School to Summit program, and for some students who are unable to join in the regular ski program, it is wonderful to give them the opportunity to have a day at the snow,” said Ms Johnstone. Major sponsors from the day who made the trip possible were: Mark Adams Real Estate, Buller Ski Lifts, Buller Stirling Alpine Resort Management, Black Mountain/Bently Sports-K2, Doppelmayr, TressCox Lawyers, Phoenix Leisure Group-Rossignol, Mansfield Courier and Ski IndustriesKassbohrer.

LEARNING TO TEACH: (from left) Christine Honan, Rebecca Clark, Genevieve Cushan, Scott Birrell, Celia Burrell, Emma DeanGraham, Tex and James (Mt Baw Baw), Ant Hill and John, Level 1 Snowboard instructor, taking part in the recent ski instructors’ course held for the first time on Mt Buller.

Training to instruct

By LIZ WEBB FIVE local women, two men from Mt Baw Baw and a Level 1 Mt Buller Snowboard instructor challenged themselves to a gruelling three day training course at Mt Buller recently. Their aim (which they achieved) was to gain their Level 1 Alpine Ski Instructors certificate.


All participants have been skiing for years, and the women are ‘mountain mums’ generally living on Mt Buller for the season with children in various training programs, so they had a pretty good idea of what was in store for them. “Still, it was a very intense three days and it’s amazing how much you really do know, but also the number of tips and techniques you pick up,”

said participant Emma DeanGraham. “We certainly all appreciate a lot more just what instructors have to go through to teach, and also the patience that is required to conduct successful lessons.” All passed the examination held on the fourth day and examiner Scott Birrell was pleased to advise them that they would be welcome to

come back next season to take part in the Level 2 Training Course. The new Level 1 Instructors can teach Discovery to Level 3 at Ski School. Both Mark Dixon, head of the program and Ant Hill, APSI examiner, advised that they were delighted with this pilot course and that more courses will be offered in 2014.

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Plenty to see at Buller’s annual short film festival THE Mt Buller Short Film Festival hits the screens of the Mt Buller Cinema on September 14. This year will see the introduction of a perpetual trophy for the overall winner. The trophy is an old film camera atop a snowgum ‘tripod’. Local builder Peter Bowker has crafted the tripod piece from alpine wood, which has three branches as support, imitating a tripod, and film festival co-

ordintor Steve Thompson of Appaloosa Films has donated one of his old film cameras to sit atop this beautiful stand. Annual winners’ names will be added each year to the trophy which will be on permanent display in the foyer of Buller Central. Closing dates for entries is September 9 - so be quick to get those last minute short films in and then come along next week for a great viewing of all entries.

20 PLUS: Being congratulated on 20 years of service to Mt Buller’s Ski Patrol and Medical centre are Ossie Ramp and Caitlyn Steiner.

Caitlin has given decades of service to the ski patrol

SEASON 2013 marks 20 years of service to the Mt Buller Ski Patrol by Caitlin Steiner. This season, Caitlin is managing the Mt Buller Medical Centre, so her days with ski patrol are fewer.

Long time ski patrol colleague, Ossi Ramp, was on hand at the recent presentation of her 20 years certificate at the Medical Centre. Caitlin grew up with her family in Mansfield, and

when not working at Buller, is currently living at Tatong. She has also worked as a midwife at the Mansfield District Hospital, and remains involved in remote area midwifery training throughout Australia.

KEEN SHOOTERS: Steve Thompson (left) and Mark Woodsford, both keen photographers and film makers, with the newly introduced perpetual trophy for the Mt Buller Short Film Festival winner. PHOTO: Andrew Railton

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VISITOR entry statistics for week ending August 25 showed a healthy increase for both Mt Buller and Mt Stirling over the same week last year. Around 1900 more people visited Buller, representing an eight per cent increase, while Stirling more than doubled to 1213 for the week, a massive 12 percent rise. Once again this compares favorably with all Victorian resorts where the figure was just three per cent for the week. In year to date figures, both local resorts have almost drawn level with last year’s numbers, with Buller at 213,306 compared to 216,109 for 2012, while Stirling sits at 4220 against 4250. In terms of visitor days spent at the resorts, Buller leads the way, with a total of 386,353 days spent on the mountain, compared to 377,956 for last year, a two per cent increase, again bucking the overall trend of all resorts, which showed a 16 per cent decline. Resort operators are hoping the very good recent falls will hold into spring and the school holidays which start on September 21, although a sudden warm burst of weather this week, while making for clear sunny skiing days, hasn’t helped in maintaining the snow depth, or allowing for snow making. Figures are courtesy of the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council.

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AGE: 19 RESIDENCE WHEN NOT AT BULLER: Melbourne. SKI ABILITY (AND BE HONEST): I’m a Ski Cross athlete, International level. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN SKIING AT MT BULLER: 16 years - actually before I was born in mum’s tummy more than 19. FAVE RUNS/AREAS: All - apart from my home mountain of Buller, Leogang (Austria) is my mountain of choice. EVER SKIED OVERSEAS: I’m on the national ski x development team and ski on the Europa cup circuit for ski cross. I spend the northern winter training and competing all over Europe. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT MT BULLER: All through school I was able to compete in racing, interschools and at an international level and was on the junior national alpine team. I grew up being a member of Team Buller. WHAT ARE YOU MOST

Described as providing exceptional customer service with excellent knowledge of the mountain, and willingness to help across all departments, makes her a worthy employee of the week winner. Carly’s personality shines through when asked what she will be remembered for, when she says: “Always smiling, super bubbly and fun to work with so it never feels like work.” For her efforts, Carly wins a dinner voucher donated by Hotel Pension Grimus.

S DAVID BLOODWORTH: In his first season on Buller, David Bloodworth from Enzian Hotel on Chamois has already made a big impression with guests due to his consistent high quality food. According to his employer, his work preseason was above and beyond the call of duty, and during the season has had many compliments and return visitors. When not cooking, David loves soaking up the environment of the village, and nominates his favorite place as the Grimus Bar for an apres drink, and hopes he will be remembered for “my great cuisine”. As employee of the week, David will get the chance to sample someone else’s food as he has won a dinner voucher donated by Breathtaker Hotel.

By Liz Webb LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR SEASON 2013: I made the switch from Alpine to Ski Cross two years ago and haven’t looked back since - I love the excitement, fast paced nature and unpredictable outcome of ski cross. Currently, I’ve travelled to all the well known skiing countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Austria but also to less known countries in Eastern Europe and Scandanavia. The Australian team base is in Leogang, Austria and it feels like a home away from home having been there for a number of months for the last three years. WHEN NOT ON THE SLOPES YOU ARE DOING: I’m juggling university studies in between my intense training on and off snow - I attend Deakin Uni and am doing a double degree of commerce and exercise and sports science. FUTURE AIMS: Snow is in my blood and I hope to follow in Dad’s footsteps and eventually become an Olympian for ski cross.

S ELLE HATHERLEY: Elle Hatherley is back for her third Mt Buller season with the Ski Club of Victoria (SCV), having come for a change of scene from the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne, and she loves it so much, she keeps coming back. As well as working in reception at The Whitt, last year Elle also took on a day volunteering with Guest Services. Passionate about her work, she is aiming for a hospitality management position, and her knowledge of the mountain, her sense of humor and friendly personality has won her many friends on Mt Buller. Away from the Whitt, she loves being down in the Village Centre meeting and greeting people for guest services, relaxing at ‘HooHah’, and getting the odd day out on the slopes to improve her snowboarding. Elle thinks most Mt Buller residents will remember her as the “door bitch” on Paddy’s night, while

those who work and stay at the SCV remember and appreciate her helpfulness and cheery personality. Her prize is a dinner voucher donated by the Arlberg Hotel.

S RAVI BHATTARI: Snow and food is what brought Ravi Bhattari to Buller last year, and he is back again to enjoy more of the same as he works at Pat’s Italian Restaurant and Bar. Nominated for always providing service with integrity, commitment, and a smile, Ravi just enjoys being around so many nice people. He obviously enjoys his work, nominating Pat’s as his favorite place on the mountain to hang out. His fantastic and beautiful smile is what Mt Buller will remember Ravi for. A meal voucher donated by Wok Worx is Ravi’s prize as an employee of the week.

S TAMMY WALL: “Where else can I ski in the morning and do my job in the afternoon?” says Foodworks Mt Buller employee Tammy Wall, who is another employee of the week. Working off mountain during the rest of the year, Tammy leapt at the opportunity to mix lifestyle and work by taking up a position on the mountain, which she has done for three years now. Described as always hap p y and moti v ati ng others, Tammy says the supermarket is a great place to work where you can see and catch up with everyone, and be part of a team. A dinner voucher donated by Snow Pony is her reward as an employee of the week.

S AUSTIN ROCKEMAN: Austin Rockeman, a chef at the Duck Inn, is in his first season on Buller, having decided to take up the opportunity to cook overseas, snowboard, and experience something new.

The mix of international staff, the friendly people, and the opportunity to board in Australia are what he loves about working on Buller, and on a day off, loves nothing more than hitting the slopes. “All your cares are gone when you are outside enjoying nature,” says Austin. He is described as a proactive member and chef at the Duck Inn, with a consistently high standard of food, extending his teamwork to all work areas and interacting with guests. Austin wins a pair of goggles donated by Georges Ski Hire.

S ABI TREADWELL: Following her friend of nine years, Craig Chandler, to Buller last season was a decision Abi Treadwell is very glad she made, and has embraced the Buller life like it’s her family. A b i i s a t Pa n c a k e s Plus, and is noted for her exceptional work, is extremely bright and cheery to all the customers and staff, and is super efficient. Out of work hours she enjoys the great atmosphere of Enzian and Pension Grimus for an afternoon work debrief session over a quiet drink. Asked about what she will be remembered for, she says “My voice, I expect.” Abi will now enjoy a dinner voucher donated by the Ski Club of Victoria as an employee of the week.

S KENDALL WRIGHT: An opportunity to learn snowboarding first brought Kendall Wright to Mt Buller and Kofflers four years ago. Her happy nature and ability to motivate others to be positive are what makes her a valuable member of the Kofflers team, and she loves catching up with the regular customers for a chat and a drink. Wombat Wall covered in snow is her favorite place on the mountain, but her reply as to what Buller will remember her for is more off the wall, saying: “Sleeping in front of freezers and a little nakedness.” Ke n d a l l h a s w o n a dinner voucher donated by Hotel Enzian on Chamois.

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Big upsets at James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge

MT BULLER hosted the 25th annual James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge on Saturday, August 31 with beautiful sunshine blanketing the Chamois course for the iconic event. Some of Australia’s best mogul skiers were joined by an international field of competitors, making up a record number of 123 entries for this year’s competition. Teenage star Matt Graham was the front runner going into the event, having taken out the past four ABOM Open Men’s Titles. Graham was also chasing his own piece of history, with a win in the 2013 competition equalling two-time Australian Olympian Nick Cleaver’s record of five straight ABOM titles (achieved between 1991 and 1995). However, the competition was always going to be strong and Graham was upstaged by Mt Buller’s own Brodie Summers, who put on an incredible display to edge out Graham in the final. The win caps off a successful period for Brodie Summers, who made his first podium at the recent National Mogul

TOPSY TURVEY: Sam Hall views the snowfields from upside down as he takes to the skies during the mogul challenge.

Championships at Perisher. In the Open Women’s event Britt Cox was looking to continue her own winning streak, chasing her fourth James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge title. However, there was no room

for complacency with Cox facing strong competition from day one winner of the National Mogul Championships Taylah O’Neill and 2009 ABOM winner Nicole Parks. It was Parks who stole the show though, winning her

WINNING STYLE: the 2013 ABOM Mogul Challenge winner Nicole Parks during competition.

second title and wowing an enthusiastic crowd on the 200 metre long course. Cox did manage to finish in third position, just behind Madii Himbury from New South Wales. General manager of Buller

Ski Lifts, Laurie Blampied, said that the James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge continued to go from strength to strength. “This event continues to grow and the 25th annual James Boag’s ABOM Moguls Chal-

lenge was by far the biggest and best yet,” Mr Blampied said. “With the competition for places at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics still up for grabs, it was terrific to attract such a strong field. “Both Brodie and Nicole were worthy winners and we look forward to welcoming them back to defend their titles in 2014. “It really is an amazing spectacle and Mt Buller is proud to continue to host this iconic event,” Mr Blampied said. Open Men’s Results: 1. Brodie Summers (Australian Institute of Sport) 2. Matt Graham (Australian Institute of Sport) 3. Rohan Chapman-Davies (NSW Institute of Sport) Open Women’s Results: 1. Nicole Parks (Australian Institute of Sport) 2. Madii Himbury (Perisher Winter Sports Club) 3. Britt Cox (Australian Institute of Sport) The James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge is sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) with results contributing to world rankings and national team selections.

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GAMBLERS FOLLY: Sue Anthony dressed as gambling money and had a great time.

LIVING IT UP: Tina Reddrop (centre) with husband, Michael Reddrop, and friends live it up Las Vegas style.

Night of Knights IT looked for all the world like a bootleggers gambling den with lots of fun, drinking and fancy dress for the Buller Knights viva Las Vegas night of nights recently. Raising money for the newly established Victorian Interschools Multiclass Event, the Knights held one of the biggest parties ever in their history of celebrating winter on Buller.

BEAUTIFUL BELLES: Nikki Lyons, Mish Coppel and Abi Adams all had a delightful night dressed in ‘suits’.

MINE HOST: Arash Harandian from ski patrol, the ‘Deuce of Diamonds’, Matt Hill, Tony Sullivan and Ashley Adamson in the middle played host to these card sharks?

MONEY MAN: The Dollar Man - Richard Brearley couldn’t help but laugh it up.

FAMILY AFFAIR: David Harper took along his ‘girls’ daughter Julia, wife Chris and daughter Alex for the Las Vegas night.





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LET’S PARTY: Catching up for drinks at the Abom were (from left) Geoff Walker, Maja Paine, Sue Walker and Richard Paine.

Party time as ABOM marks its 50th b’day A BIG party night was held recently at the ABOM with many mountain identities attending for a fun night out. The occasion was to celebrate the 50th birthday

of this iconic restaurant and venue on Mt Buller - so it was definately the biggest party of the season with good reason to carry on till all hours of the night.

PHOTOS: Mark Woodsford Fun Photos

SKY PATROL: As Father Tony Kerin’s badge says it was ‘sky patrol’ at the Abom when he caught up with Jimmy Tirol.



LONG TIME MATES: Identities on the mountain for more than 60 years and catching up at the Abom were George Vasilopous, Kofler Bob and Hans Grimus.

OLD FRIENDS: Long time friends on the mountain caught up at the Abom (from left) Speaky Lyons, Margaret and George Avadiglou and Michael Monester.

HAPPY TALKS: Owner of Buller Burger Haus - Sox (left) with Mark Adams and John Perks enjoying the night.



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Interschools bigger and better THE 2013 Subaru Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships held at Mt Buller recently, saw thousands of participants and parents flocking to the largest snowsports event in the Southern Hemisphere. Mt Buller welcomed more than 5800 registered entries for this year’s event, which is a significant increase on previous years’ participation numbers and a positive trend for snowsports in Australia. Snow conditions were also ideal for this year’s competition, thanks to significant falls over the past fortnight blanketing the resort in fresh snow. Event manager David Spiers said the Victorian Interschools was all about getting young skiers and snowboarders involved in competitive snowsports. “We are ecstatic to have a five per cent increase in event

Last month’s event attracted more than 5800 entries PRIMARY SCHOOLS RESULTS By GEOFF WALKER LOCAL primary schools had some very good results at the Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships held at Mt Buller last week. Mansfield-Mt Buller Primary School had a range of qualifiers for the Nationals to be held in September. The division 4 Moguls team of Josh von Einem, Daniel Horsey and Oliver

Walker placed third as a team, with local boy Oliver Walker sixth individually. The division 4 Alpine team comprising Findlay FultonRichmond, Josh von Einem, Daniel Horsey and Oliver Walker came fifth. While local boys Oliver Walker and Ollie McDonald combined with Eddy LeBroque and came fourth as a team. Meanwhile St Marys had a range of results as follows -

entries for this year’s competition,” he said. “The Victorian Interschools are all about getting students involved in snowsports and giving them the chance to represent their school, while also having fun.

“From the start our aim was to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for all Victorian students, so we are thrilled to welcome even more entries in 2013.” The event also provides an opportunity for athletes

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to develop their passion for snowsports competition, with some taking this experience into their future careers. Current Winter Olympians like snowboardcross world champion Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin, ski cross racer Katya

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Crema and mogul skier Britteny Cox all enjoyed their first taste of competition at the Interschools, before taking on the world’s best at Olympic level. “The spirit of competition and the camaraderie among all of the competitors and schools

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The division four boys moguls saw (from left) Josh van Einem, Daniel Horsey and Oliver Walker mount the podium.

MULTI-TALENTED: Another first place for the division three skiercross team (from left) Ned Angliss, Dan Walker and Warwick Crawford.

GIRL POWER: The division two girls GS/SX team of Lily Tehan, Ellie-Mae Angliss and Kaitlyn White.

has also been extraordinary,” Mr Spiers added. “We have been blessed with fantastic snow conditions this week and the facilities provided by the Mt Buller team have allowed us to host a terrific event.” Mt Buller will turn its attention to the Australian Interschools SnowSports Championships which they look forward to hosting at Mt Buller from September 4 to 8. The Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships, were first staged in 1958 at Mt Buller and this year’s event is the 56th time the championships have been held at Mt Buller. The seven Interschools SnowSports disciplines available in 2013 were Alpine Giant Slalom, Skiercross, Moguls, Snowboard Giant Slalom, Snowboardcross, Classical Cross Country and Cross Country Relay.

TOP TEAM: The division three boys moguls gold medallists included Dan Walker (left) and Ned Angliss - absent Flynn Bowker.

TOP SKIER: Daniel Walker won the ‘Bernd Greber Cup’ for the champion secondary school male skier for outstanding achievement.

ATTITUDE: Snowboarders (from left) Tom Mahoney, Patrick Cahill, Jesse Rickard and Will Phipps.

HOW’S THIS?: Five year old Eden Birch of Northern New South Wales was thrilled with her first snowman. Eden who ventured to Mt Buller with her grandmother Wendy Hunt and mum Ash loved the snow and her first real experience in it.

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Fawlty dining experience DEVOTEES of the famous British TV comedy series Fawlty Towers, won’t want to miss an hilarious dining experience coming to the High Country. Pinnacle Valley Resort at Merrijig is hosting ‘Fawlty Towers - the Dining Experience’ on Saturday, September 14 from 6.30pm, featuring a two hour show and three course meal. Produced and performed by Interactive Theatre International, the show has toured around the world since its debut in Brisbane in 1997 to rave reviews. Featuring everyone’s favorite characters from the iconic series, Basil Fawlty, Sybil, and of course, Manuel, all appear at this interactive comedy show that puts you in the dining room of Fawlty Towers. The show is live, interactive theatre, based on it’s location, and is not directly scripted from the original series, so every dining experience is different. Tickets are $89 for the meal and show, and bookings and enquiries can be made on 1800 033214, or contact Pinnacle Valley Resort on 57775788 or:

International competitors dominate Hoppett places

AUSTRALIA’S Winter Olympic Games aspirants Callum Watson and Esther Bottomley both delivered hard-charging finishes to cross the line in fifth place in the Kanagaroo Hoppett on August 24. In a high-calibre international field of 1000-plus cross country skiers from 23 countries competing in the Kangaroo Hoppet, the event is part of the Suzuki National Snowsport Championships, held at Victoria’s Falls Creek. In what is the largest snowsport competition in the Southern Hemisphere, Watson, chasing his first Olympic appearance in Sochi, Russia, was unable to match the relentless pace of the current world number one distance skier Alexander Legkov of Russia, over the gruelling 42-kilometre course around Falls Creek and out



Local skiers put up hard fight against world class entrants into the Bogong High Plains. Legkov recorded an emphatic win in 1.27.32, almost three minutes ahead of compatriot Ilya Chernousov, with another Russian, Alexey Chernousov, the brother of the second place getter, in third. Bottomley was equally impressive and courageous but had to succumb to Russia’s race winner, Marina Chernousova, the wife of Alexey Chernousov. Marina Chernousova underlined Russia’s dominance in the event with a time of 1.46.03, a little more than three minutes in front of American Lauren Fritz. Japan’s Chisa Obayashi was just

0.29 of a second behind in third place. Three other Australian women delivered stirring results for the host nation by finishing in the top 10 – Lucy Glanville, seventh, Aimee Watson, eighth, and Irene Dunn, 10th. The Aussie men were not to be outdone, with Alex Almloukov, sixth, Phillip Bellingham, eighth, and Ben Derrick, 10th. But clearly the day belonged to the powerful Russian squad, who had been training at Falls Creek for three weeks as part of their preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February. Meanwhile, in the women’s event, Obayashi and Chernousova estab-

lished a break over their competitors in the early stages and at about the 21 kilometre mark the Japanese held a small lead. At this mark Bottomley was in sixth place. As Obayashi and Chernousova exchanged places, Bottomley hit the accelerator, grabbing fifth place, passing Czech Kamila Borutova, who won last year’s Canadian Worldloppet race. In the 21-kilometre event Australia’s Damon Morton won while fellow Aussie Anna Trnka won the women’s event. The seven-kilometre Joey Hoppet winners were Australians Liam Burton and Sabrina Howell. The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the annual Worldloppet series, consisting of 16 races in 16 countries, attracting 135,000 skiers.

Back country adventure THERE is snow on the ground. Yay, what an awesome save to the season. Time has flown, and I can’t believe we are now in September. This is the time of year we start to chat about what we are doing after the season. For a lot of people, a snowboarding or ski trip may be planned to the northern hemisphere. As riders get more confident, they travel and become more interested in finding fresh tracks. I get so worried when I hear people talk about being overseas and travelling in the backcountry with no equipment and no avalanche safety knowledge. A backcountry adventure is an amazing experience, but needs to be respected with every bone in your body.

There is no excuse to travel into the backcountry where there is no guarantee of safety without the proper equipment and at least a basic understanding of avalanche safety. Always know and be confident of your travel buddies and their backcountry abilities. Always have the whole party equipped with transceivers, shovels, probes and know how to use them. Read the avalanche forecast, many accidents have happened after people ignore, don’t read or listen to the avalanche forecast. Always have a plan with your group, understand safe

backcountry travel and don’t just follow, ask questions, and understand what situation you may be getting into. Avalanche courses are valuable and awesome to take part in. Whatever country you go to there are avalanche awareness courses, whether it be an introduction to backcountry, a level 1,2, or 3 certification, some countries even offer online courses. Every resort that has backcountry popularity will usually have guide services available; take advantage of that. The mountains give us so much, but unfortunately they can also take it away. Please be smart on your overseas adventures, and may the pow be with you.


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FIRST TIME VISIT: Mansfield Scouts hosted the Wallan Scout Group at a ski camp recently, with a number of children from the Wallan group experiencing snow for the first time.

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SCOUTING IN THE SNOW: Mansfield Scout Group members Darcy Bowker, Luke Nash, Jacqueline Lewis, Sammy Hardiman and Will Lewis enjoy the ski camp at Mt Stirling. PHOTOS: Courtesy Mansfield Scouts

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son said: “Mt Stirling is a beautiful place to take anyone or group, for a ski and snow adventure. We must pay tribute to Craig and Barb Jones who went out of their way to supply a fantastic lunch at King Saddle, and an afternoon tea of chips and hot chocolate which went down a treat.� The ski camp has already gone down on the calendar for next year.


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THE Fair Work Ombudsman targeted the Victorian snowfields last week as part of a new campaign to ensure employees are receiving their correct wages. Fair Work inspectors conducted face-to-face audits of 80 businesses, including about 50 at Mt Buller and other Victorian resorts and about 30 in NSW. The snowfields will face further checks over the next two years when inspectors visit in 2014 and 2015 as part of a concerted three-year campaign to ensure businesses are complying with workplace laws. Fair Work inspectors will check that employers are paying staff correctly, maintaining appropriate records and providing employees with pay slips. Visits will not only focus on businesses associated with ski resorts. Any business operating in the snowfields regions could be part of the campaign. Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the education and compliance campaign aimed to ensure the many transient snowfields workers are receiving their full entitlements.

THE First MansďŹ eld Scout group hosted the Wallan Scout group on the weekend of August 17 for a joint ski camp with 15 Scouts and ďŹ ve leaders. On the Friday night the group enjoyed a stay over in the MansďŹ eld Scout Hall at the showgrounds preparing for a busy weekend. Saturday was spent visiting Mt

Stirling, with the group hosted by Craig and Barb Jones and their team for a spectacular day of cross country skiing and tobogganing. Many of the Wallan Scouts had never seen snow and the day went down as one of their best ever. Mansfield Scout leader Rachel Jackson lead the group, together with Damion Toes from Wallan. Reviewing the weekend, Ms Jack-

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CONVENIENT LOCATION: Elkhorn Apartments are just a short walk to the centre of Mt Buller village making it ideal to get around.

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THE Elkhorn Apartments on Mt Buller is one of only a few buildings that has garage parking for all units and a huge storage room for every apartment. Having the walk-in storage is perfect for winter to keep all those spare skis and boards and last minute bedding for overnight stays. In summer you can store your mountain bike and fishing rods for all those events and fun weekends. Mark Adams Real Estate has a variety of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units in the Elkhorn currently for sale and priced from $350,000 to $689,000. Apartments are all spacious, have balconies and are designed for potential summer and winter holiday bookings for those who wish to bike in summer and ski in winter while doing the occasional holiday rental to assist pay the outgoings. Even summer rentals are now becoming popular during busy mountain biking weekends. Offering lockable cupboards in kitchens and bedrooms for owner use Elkhorn is also conveniently located just adjacent to the Chamois Run and a short walk to the village. Constructed only in 1996 the Elkhorn Apartments are solidly built from block work and timber

and with the two levels of parking making it easily accessible to all units. Having no lifts or central management in the building the outgoings are very reasonable and many owners use them permanently throughout the year for themselves and their friends and do not partake in any holiday rental. During the summer months Mt Buller has become a Mecca for bike riding competitions with all the fantastic new trails and experiences making it the premier mountain biking destination in Victoria. The official season launch of the MTB is the weekend commencing November 30. Riding event competitions draw anywhere from 300 to 1000 participants, crew and family, however, for non-event weekends Buller has a number of riding opportunities which include downhill trails, cross country trails and river trails some of which head down to Mirimbah. In addition to Horse Hill Chairlift operating on weekends there is a shuttle service to bring riders back up from Mirimbah Store. One of Mt Buller’s popular events is the Targa High Country car challenge which will run this year

from November 8 to 10. Mt Buller is the perfect spot to base yourself during Targa High Country, with each day of racing starting and finishing at Mt Buller Village. At this site, the focus of the Targa action will be the finishing leg, which sees cars scream through a tight t-intersection turn past the Village Square as they race towards the finish line. Once cars have finished racing, they will be on show in the Village so that you will be able to get up close and personal with Lamborghinis, Porsches, muscle cars and more Then for more relaxing times Buller has the picnic in the park weekend in March and Easter in April celebrations with both events targeted for children. One thing to remember for bush walkers and hiking is that during those hot summer days of 40 degrees+ Buller offers cooler climate conditions as the mountain is normally approximately 10 degrees cooler in summer making it easy to beat the heat of the city. Whatever reason you need to get away make Mt Buller your holiday home choice both summer and winter.

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- Two apartments for the price of one - Great rental returns summer and winter - Live in one rent the other, perfect for two families, extended families

- Private Freestanding renovated lodge, sold fully furnished - Featuring 3 bedrooms currently accommodating 8 people - Large Spa tub with nice outlook, billiard room, north facing balcony

- Spectacular Corner Suite at front of building - Stylishly furnished - Access to all the hotel facilities - Best views from Breathtaker complex

MOOSE APT 8  $570,000 3 bed, 2 bath - Ideally Situated in the heart of the village - Close to ski school and Magic Forest, suiting families of all ages - Features stunning mountain views, fully furnished and ready for ski season

BREATHTAKER 301  $340,000

BREATHTAKER APT 508  $430,000

3 bed, 1 bath

3 bed,2 bath 1 car

- Mortgagee in possession says sell - Bright, light, 2 storey apartment - Well appointed, conveniently located - Access to hotel facilities

- Large price reduction - 3 bedroom corner suite with car park - Set over 2 levels with access to hotel facilities

BREATHTAKER APT 207  $265,000


1 bed, 1 bath, 1 car

1 bed, 1 bath

3 bed, 2 bath

- Located within Breathtaker All Suite Hotel Complex - Conveniently located on level 1 - Fully furnished, rental history available

- Mortgagee in possession says sell - Bright and light apartment within hotel complex - Well appointed and located close to the slopes

- Cosy freestanding chalet nestled amongst the snowgums - Great sun room, spacious living room, serviceable kitchen and dining area - Inspection sure to impress

DISCOBOLOUS 1  $445,000

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


E NQ U I R E NO W A BO U T S E AS ON A L R E N TA L S F OR T H E 2 0 1 4 W I N T E R

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Chalet Apartment 902:: $600,000 Fully renovated

Find me another one and with a car-park!

❚2 bedroom apartment with large windows facing Bourke St on level 9 ❚Very appealing living and dining area offering great views and good light ❚Attractive kitchen with stone and timber finishes. Fully furnished ❚Includes on title car park. Family bathroom plus second toilet


Snowflake building:: Three apartments at good prices

- Leading The Way...

Alto Villas 201:: $730,000 furnished on Bourke St

Bathing in sunshine – premier location ❚ ❚ ❚ ❚

Immaculate 3 bedroom north facing apartment with underground car park Main bedroom with K/S bed & stone ensuite with separate bath & shower Two additional bedrooms serviced by main bathroom & powder room Attractive living, floor to ceiling windows, electric blinds, balcony, gas fireplace

The Christiana 5:: $395,000-price hard to beat

❚ Spacious 3 storey approx 14 sq. apartment features 4 x bedrooms ❚ Family living, separate kitchen, drying room and 2 bathrooms ❚ Fully furnished can be used by owners themselves as and when required ❚ Abom 3A is one of 6 apartments & has the right to access one of 3 car parks

Elkhorn Apartments:: Four properties from $350,000

Chalet Apartments 801::$395,000 painted and new carpets

Elkhorn is a modern building and all include garage parking & storage

❚Elkhorn 3 - Just listed - Large one bedroom in excellent condition $350,000 ❚Elkhorn 1 - Three bedroom, 2 bathrooms, looks great, garage parking $615,000 ❚ Elkhorn 5- Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and garage parking $425,000 ❚Elkhorn 19 & 19A - Two apartments, one title,2 car parks $689,000 THE LOT

The Peak 203 :: $725,000 $645,000 immaculately furnished


The Christiana 1 & 3 :: Spacious units in great location

❚ Apartment 3 has 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and second living room plus interconnected studio with kitchen & bathroom. Studio has separate entry. ❚ Apartment 1 has 3 bedrooms with 3 en-suites. Attractive living and dining room with balcony and easy access to ski slopes from the ground floor entry.

Adjacent to the Abom in a separate modern & boutique building


Best 3 bedrooms buys around- price has been slashed ❚Attractive modern building less than a minute to Bourke St “Ski-In Ski-Out” ❚Ground floor with easy access & private entrance. 4WD unloading pass ❚Terrific family apartment with 3 bedrooms and could even suit 2 families ❚Main bedroom has ensuite plus a second bathroom for other bedrooms


Solid brick building renovated on the outside and a long lease ❚ Snowflake 11- great layout,3 bedrooms, very sunny & views $399,000 ❚ Snowflake 19- magnificent views, 3 bedrooms & renovated $395,000 ❚Snowflake 13- large one bedroom able to sleep 6 $215,000 ❚ All units have car parking permits for application on an annual basis

Both have car parking and will appeal to large/ multi families

Abom Apartment 3A:: $725,000 great opportunity

10 metres to Bourke St with skiing in & skiing out

Rent One - Rent Two- Or Stay In Both

❚ Well presented 2 bedroom with family bathroom ❚ Queen bed in main bedroom and 2 bunks in kids room with views to Bourke St ❚ Living room with fold out divan for overnight visitors and galley kitchen ❚ Large balcony perfect for barbeques, drying cupboard and ski cage

❚ Modern ‘Peak’ separate entry apartments offering great flexibility ❚ Secure car park & storage in the basement with lift access to apartments ❚ Main apartment- large living, dining, kitchen, two bedrooms & bathrooms ❚ Second apartment has living, balcony, kitchen, main bedroom & bathroom


Top of Bourke St - Ski in Ski out ❚ Modern 1-3 bedroom apartments. Fully self contained including kitchens ❚ Newly completed hotel & apartment renovations including restaurant and roof deck

Mark Adams :: 03 9646 4230 :: 0419 858 007 39/15 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

❚ Magnificent underground car parking available at an additional optional cost ❚ Family orientated- great on site management-no obligation to rent out when not occupied

Suzi Meltzer :: 0418 871 397 Local Resident and Agent Representative











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Receivers Sale - Frostwood Chalet 4 :: $695,000

Completed & ready to move in and includes on title heated car park ❚ ❚ ❚ ❚

The chalet includes 4 spacious bedrooms plus a media room Living area has high ceilings and huge expanses of glass offering dream views Spacious kitchen, timber floors, gas fireplace and large undercover balcony. 2 bathrooms, an additional powder room & hydronic heating throughout

- Leading The Way...

Canyon Chalet 7 - Receiver Sale :: $950,000

The largest of the chalets is now available for sale

❚ Offering large expanses of glass on four sides with views & privacy ❚ Chalet 7 has 4 bedrooms all with en-suites and robes ❚ Master bedroom large enough for a king and views forever ❚ Impressive media room, enormous living, kitchen with 2 balconies

Best on snow and not to be missed

❚ Developers own penthouse & includes 2 garage car spaces on title, private ski room ❚ Very spacious design, lift to penthouse entry - 240 sqm over 3 levels expansive views ❚ Sumptuous living and dining with open fireplace and magnificent outdoor spa ❚ Master bedroom, ensuite & adjacent lounge/study. Two further bedrooms & bathroom

Summit Lodge 3- Summit Rd :: $390,000



Moose Apartment 2 :: $625,000 quality furniture


Gran Sasso 4:: $1,625,000 negotiable






Valley View 303, $448,000 :: heavy reduction


Appealing village centre location & seconds to Blue Bullet

❚3 very large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, master & living offers great views ❚Spacious kitchen, living, dining and play area which is perfect for entertaining ❚Rare opportunity for Moose 2 to purchase underground car park directly opposite in Buller Central at additional cost.

Elkhorn 11, Chamois Rd :: $430,000

Rarely Available – Very Popular - 4WD drop off pass

❚Ski in ski out position on top of Bourke St- two bedroom sleeping 6 easily ❚Summit Lodge 3 has excellent natural light and will appeal to young families ❚Features modern kitchen with quality appliances and good cabinetry ❚Sunny, attractive timber lined living room & large balcony. Laundry & drying

Buller Central Car Parks -Registration of Interest


For the last six years Mark Adams Real Estate in association with Team Buller Riders has been sponsoring an annual overseas scholarship program for one Team Buller athlete


Discobolus 1:: $445,000 fully furnished house

“Alpenhorn” - Alpine Ridge - Merrijig :: $498,000


❚ Fully repainted, new carpet, new bedroom furniture & new blinds ❚ Appealing apartment of some 9 squares 2 bedrooms and a carpark ❚ Single level design, excellent sunlight & open plan living with gas fireplace ❚ Separate dining area, spacious kitchen, 2 large bedrooms, BIR & sleeps 6

Affordable freestanding Mt Buller Snow Home

Delightful bluestone country property in established gardens

❚2 storey house in the front offering pleasant outlook amongst the gum trees ❚Upstairs features 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms perfectly laid out to sleep 8 ❚Downstairs has kitchen, living and dining plus glass enclosed sunroom ❚Permit to drive to the door using 4WD then short drive to tip corner car park

Mark Adams :: 03 9646 4230 :: 0419 858 007 39/15 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

❚ 360 degree views to Mt Buller & through Merrijig valley. Fantastic outdoor decks ❚ Spacious main living & formal dining with impressive rock wall open fireplace ❚ Second family living, dining with large wood heater. 4 great bedrooms ❚ Beautiful private recreation room including built-in bar

Brand new building with car parking licences for sale ❚Now completed in the heart of the village - Buller Central ❚Rare opportunity - only 8 car parks available by expression of interest ❚Designated basement car park with remote control door access ❚Adds value to your existing property and guaranteed parking permit

‘Kainui’ 221 Wairere Rd – Boorolite :: $1,875,000

One of the finest in the district!

❚ “Kainui” is just 15 minutes from Mansfield and close to Mt Buller ❚ The property hosts many exciting features & presents several options… ❚ Impressive 60 sq. rural residence set on 70 acres and uninterrupted views ❚ Includes 5 bedrooms, 3 ensuites, recreational rooms, cellar plus much more

Suzi Meltzer :: 0418 871 397 Local Resident and Agent Representative


Drive in car park-spacious apartment near lift

Interior cleverly redesigned by architect owner to maximise space 2 spacious bedrooms with two way central bathroom plus powder room Master with queen bed, wardrobe dressing table /desk and plasma TV Second bedroom has two sets of built-in bunks, wardrobe and TV for the kids


❚ ❚ ❚ ❚


Opposite Ski School & on title heated Car Park

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