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FALLS CREEK MT. HOTHAM MT. BULLER

2010


No matter what stage you’re at with organising your ski holiday to Victoria, you’ll find all the help and experience you need here at Ski Connection. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced skier or snowboarder, our Consultants will give the right advice. Ski Connection Consultants have over 30 years of ski industry experience and help thousands of families, groups, solo skiers, adventure seekers and even non-skiers enjoy hassle-free skiing holidays every season. A skiing holiday is all about relaxation and enjoyment and the booking process should not be hard! You should also be able to trust who you are booking with and know that you are getting value for money. Trust Ski Connection to offer you a great value holiday with their simple 1,2,3 system. Just turn the page and follow the planning guide, which will help you choose how to get there, where to stay and other things to budget for. You can choose from self-drive, air or coach holidays and we offer a huge range of Resort, Lodge, Hotel and Apartment accommodation. We’ll also organise your resort entry, ski and snowboard hire, lift tickets, oversnow transfers and even travel insurance. How easy is that! Visit our website theskiconnection.com.au, email bookings@theskiconnection.com.au or call 1300 816 826.

Cover photo: Snowboarding at the top of Baldy with the village in the background (C) Mt Buller / Photo: Nathan Richter.

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Photo: Courtesy Falls Creek Resort Management and Charlie Brown Photography

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...

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GETTING THERE Pick how you are going to get there. Drive your own car, fly to Melbourne and pick up a hire car - take a bus connection, or an express coach service from Adelaide, leaving twice weekly - how convenient!

ACCOMMODATION Choose your accommodation. Ski Connection offer you a great choice of self contained apartments, hotels and lodges in Falls Creek, Mt. Buller and Mt. Hotham.

LIFT TICKETS / CLOTHING / SKI HIRE Organise your lift tickets, ski & snowboard equipment, oversnow transfers, resort entry fees and even clothing hire through Ski Connection.

...and that’s it! Now you are ready for a great skiing holiday!

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GETTING THERE

Self contained apartments

Express Coach Services from Adelaide Coach services to Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham depart from the Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin Street, Adelaide on Thursday and Saturday evenings. The Ski Connection use the best available luxury coaches equipped with reclining seats, air-conditioning, video and toilet. The Coach Captains used on ski tours are individually selected. They are experienced snow operators and hold a special licence to drive in the Victorian Snow Fields. EXPRESS COACH PRICES FROM ADELAIDE RETURN Adult 275 Falls Creek* 290 Mt. Hotham* * Fares not inclusive of Resort Entry fee

ONE WAY Child 275 290

Adult 205 225

Child 205 225

Coach Services from Melbourne Falls Creek or Mt. Hotham departures are from Southern Cross Melbourne or the Airport. Mt. Buller departures are from the Art Gallery, St Kilda Road Melbourne or the Airport. EXPRESS COACH PRICES FROM MELBOURNE Adult Child from Melbourne from Mountain Falls Creek* 161 121 Fri/Sun 9.30am Fri/Sun 4.30pm 165 125 Fri/Sun 10.30am Fri/Sun 3.00pm Mt Buller* 160 105 Fri/Sun 9.30am Fri/Sun 5.00pm Mt Hotham** * Fares inclusive of Resort Entry fee. ** Fares not inclusive of Resort Entry Fee - see page 12

The Ski Connection offers a large range of self contained apartments at Falls Creek, Mt. Buller and Mt. Hotham including Falls Creek Country Club, Snow Ski Apartments, Alpine View, Arlberg and Breathtaker All Suite Hotel.

Self catering There is a large range of self catering accommodation available with varying facilities, most with own private bedroom and ensuite bathroom and the use of a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area.

Hotels Ski Connection can book a range of hotels from budget to luxury, with varying facilities such as swimming pool, sauna, spas and in-house ski hire. Public bars and restaurants are located on the premises for guests. The Ski Connection can advise on the facilities at each individual property and brochures are available on request.

Lodges The range of lodges offered by The Ski Connection have been specially selected to cater for all tastes and budgets. Each Lodge, from Budget to Luxury, provides a combination of food, hospitality and amenities to ensure you enjoy your skiing holiday. Individual Lodge brochures are available on request.

Children’s Prices Child prices are available but vary from property to property. Please ask your consultant for details.

Flights from Adelaide

NEW SOUTH WALES

For those wanting to fly/drive or fly/coach, Qantas have many flights to choose from.

VICTORIA Wangaratta

Beachworth

Falls Creek 115

Mt. Hotham 115

Mt. Buller 115

Adelaide to Melbourne

Friday/Sunday 6.00am

Friday/Sunday 6.00am

Friday/Sunday 6.00am

Bright

Melbourne to Adelaide

Saturday/Monday Various times

Saturday/Monday Various times

Friday/Sunday 8.00pm

Mt. Hotham

Adelaide to Melbourne from Suggested Flight Times

Photo: Courtesy Mt. Hotham Resort Management

to CANBERRA Wodonga

FILGHTS FROM ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE

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to SYDNEY to BRISBANE Albury

Benalla

Falls Creek Mansfield

Omeo

Prices subject to availability. Overnight accommodation in Melbourne may be required when travelling from Falls Creek or Mt. Hotham

Mt. Buller to ADELAIDE

Car Hire Have the flexibility driving to your destination. Drive straight through or take your time and visit many of the attractions along the way.

MELBOURNE

HERTZ HIRE CAR - PICK UP FROM MELBOURNE AIRPORT 1-6 DAYS 7-13 DAYS Group A Economy 5 Door Yaris Hatch 59 52 Group H Corolla Hatch Auto 63 57 Group D Ford Falcon 69 64 Excess insurance available from Hertz at approximately $27 per day. Other vehicles available.

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PACKAGE EXAMPLES

Lift Tickets

The sample packages below include:

There are over 75 combinations of lift tickets to choose from, ranging from beginner lift and lesson for first timers to lift and lesson for all abilities. There are savings on family tickets throughout the whole season, and discounts on lift and lesson tickets during low and shoulder season. Our expert staff can give you the best advice on the ticket choices available.

1 return coach from Adelaide, 2 2 or 5 nights accommodation, 3 resort entry and ski hire.

Ski & Snowboard Equipment Boots and skis are personally fitted for your comfort and safety. All ski hire prices throughout this brochure are based on Carving Skis. A deposit is required on all equipment.

Clothing For travel and indoors, warm casual clothing is all that is needed. For skiing we suggest a parka, waterproof pants, jumper, a ski cap that covers the ears, padded gloves, thick socks and sunglasses or goggles. Please remember to bring sunblock as the sun’s reflection off the snow can quite often cause sunburn. When not skiing, apré boots are suggested for oversnow walking. A travelling rug and pillow is recommended for coach travel.

Oversnow Transfers Oversnow transfers are required for Mt. Buller and Falls Creek from the carparking areas to the accommodation. Prices vary from resort to resort, approximately $35 return per adult and $25 return per child.

Resort Entry Fees The Resorts are all based on National Park land and a resort entry fee is required whether travelling by coach or driving a car into the resort. Ask our consultants for details.

FALLS CREEK PACKAGES 2 night stays

from $527pp

• Couples package - from $570 pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $527 per adult, $501 per childd • Mates package (4-share) - from $527 per person

5 night stays • Couples package - from $897pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $823 per adult, $762 per child • Mates package (4-share) - from $823 per person (prices based at Koki Lodge, shoulder season - map reference 12, page 6)

Mt. HOTHAM PACKAGES 2 night stays • Couples package - from $619 pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $560 per adult, $502 per childd • Mates package (4-share) - from $560 per person

from $560pp

5 night stays • Couples package - from $834pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $687 per adult, $629 per child • Mates package (4-share) - from $687 per person (prices based at Arlberg Hotham, low season - map reference 3, page 10)

Mt. BULLER PACKAGES 2 night stays • Couples package - from $610 pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $590 per adult, $533 per childd • Mates package (4-share) - from $560 per person

from $560pp

5 night stays • Couples package - from $880pp twin share • Family package (2A+2C) - from $830 per adult, $718 per child • Mates package (4-share) - from $780 per person (prices based at the Duck Inn, low season - map reference 5, page 15)

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Mt Buller Alpine Resort is just 250km north east of Melbourne or an easy three hour drive and offers some of Victoria’s most spectacular alpine and sub-alpine terrain with over 80kms of groomed trails spread over 300 hectares of skiable terrain with something to appeal to all levels of ability. Runs range from the wide beginner’s slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hot Spur, to the challenge of the black runs like Chamois and the back of Summit. The village toboggan park has its own snowmaking machine to keep the kids happy all winter long. There’s a second toboggan park located at Horse Hill Chairlift where you can catch the lift up to the snowtubing park.

Mt. Buller Chalet Hotel & Suites Great value apartments

The Mt Buller Village is situated picturesquely at the heart of the mountain, offering ski in, ski out accommodation to suit all tastes and a huge range of bars and restaurants. The Village also offers other facilities including supermarket, post office, medical centre and ATM’s. Arlberg Hotel Mt. Buller Great value apartments

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Hotel Pension Grimus Great value apartments

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Photos: Courtesy Mt. Buller

Breathtaker All Suite Hotel Great value apartments

Arlberg Hotel Mt. Buller

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Breathtaker All Suite Hotel

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Hotel Pension Grimus

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Arlberg is in a great location, ski in ski out, and features 2 bars, 2 restaurants, ski, snowboarding and clothing hire, boutique, coffee shop and a fabulous dining room overlooking Bourke Street Run. We have several room types, motel style, kitchenette, apartments, just ask what may suite you.

4 star property, 80m from 6 person chairlift and ski school. Apartment style with studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, kitchenettes, day spa (18yrs and over), kids’ free Playstation Zone, Movie Zone and playroom, Signature restaurant with kids menu, Gourmet Pizzeria, loft lounge and bar, valet parking service (charges apply).

This renowned boutique hotel is centrally located next to lifts and ski school in a ski in, ski out position. Traditional European-style hospitality. Delightfully decorated hotel rooms with private spas. Luxurious and spacious apartments. Comprehensive guest facilities. Named ‘Australia’s leading Ski Resort Hotel’ at the 2008 and 2009 World Travel Awards.

Mt. Buller Chalet Hotel & S finest alpine hotels offerin welcome. Located in the he village, guests can ski right and comfortably appointed Hotel & Suites offers all the expect with friendly & effic

APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

REFRIGERATOR

TEA & COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES

SWIMMING POOL

SAUNA

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

LODGE ACCOMMODATION

RESTAURANT & BAR

TELEVISION

SPA

SKI HIRE

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Hotel & Suites

LEGEND Bus Stop

Car Park

Chair Lift

Medical Centre

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GETTING THERE COACH TIMETABLE - ADELAIDE / Mt. BULLER (via MELBOURNE) Depart Adelaide Thursday & Saturday 8.15pm Depart Melbourne Friday & Sunday 9.45am Depart Mt. Buller Friday & Sunday 3.00pm Depart Melbourne Friday & Sunday 8.30pm Utilising Firefly or Greyhound from Adelaide

Arrive Melbourne Arrive Mt. Buller Arrive Melbourne Arrive Adelaide

Friday & Sunday Friday & Sunday Friday & Sunday Saturday & Monday

6.30am 1.30pm 7.00pm 6.00am

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LIFT TICKETS / CLOTHING / SKI HIRE

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LIFT TICKET FOR SEASON (OPTIONAL ADD-ON) LIFT ONLY

HIGH SEASON 2 Aug to 29 Aug

Adult

Tertiary

1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day

99 195 284 373 381 455 530

79 156 227 299 305 364 424

LIFT/LESSON Student/ Child 54 106 151 199 204 244 284

Adult

Tertiary

99 195 320 423 455 564 639

79 156 285 381 415 481 544

Buller Kids Student/ 1/2 Day Child Ski School 54 98 106 188 226 278 300 369 342 414 413 491 488 567

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LIFT TICKET SPECIALS *1/2 day Buller Kids or Bunyips program * Lift and Lesson based on Discovery

Photos: Courtesy Mt. Buller

MT. BULLER SKI HIRE

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1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day

BULLER SPORTS Adult Child 50 45 83 70 108 92 123 105 138 115 153 125 168 135

MT. BULLER PARKA & PANTS HIRE ARLBERG GRIMUS SKI HIRE Adult Child Adult Child 48 39 38 32 79 64 59 50 95 77 88 75 111 90 103 87 127 103 116 97 143 116 124 106 159 129 139 118

1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day

BULLER SPORTS Adult Child 37 30 61 49 80 63 85 68 90 73 95 78 100 83

ARLBERG GRIMUS SKI HIRE Adult Child Adult Child 28 19 32 32 44 31 44 44 53 37 60 60 62 43 68 68 71 49 75 75 80 55 81 81 88 61 89 89

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2 NIGHTS (FRI & SAT) MAP PRICE PER PERSON REF. 1

ACCOMMODATION ABOM Breakfast only

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ABOM APARTMENTS No meals

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AJAX SKI LODGE Breakfast & Dinner

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ARLBERG HOTEL MT BULLER Breakfast only

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ARLBERG HOTEL APARTMENTS No meals

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BREATHTAKER ALL SUITE HOTEL Buffett Breakfast

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DUCK INN Breakfast only

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HOTEL PENSION GRIMUS Breakfast only

5 NIGHTS (SUN to THURS)

2, 9* Jul

16, 23, 30* Jul

6, 13, 20, 27 Aug

3, 10, 17, 24 Sep

4, 11, 18*, 25* Jul

1, 8, 15, 22 Aug

29*Aug, 5, 12, 19, 26 Sep

Hotel King Twin/Dble Hotel Family 4 share

433 217

433 217

433 217

265 133

900 450

900 450

550 275

2 bdrm/4 share 2 bdrm/mezz/6 share 4 bdrm/8 share

564 482 442

564 482 442

564 482 442

408 355 311

1175 1004 919

1175 1004 919

850 742 647

Twin/Dble 4 share

430 315

430 360

480 350

430 315

900/*1000 650/*725

1000 725

900 650

Fernery Twin/Dble Alpine Twin/Dble Kitchenette/Spa Twin/Dble

415 460 530

415 460 530

415 460 530

270 305 355

738 878 1015

738 878 1015

525 630 723

1 bdrm balcony 5 share *family 2 bdrm/6 share *family 3 bdrm/8 share *family 3 bdrm/8 share Bourke St *family

325 340 344 395

325 340 344 395

325 340 344 395

224 221 232 267

625 653 635 732

625 653 635 732

435 450 472 544

Studio Twin/Dble 1 bdrm/4 share family 2 bdrm/6 share 3 bdrm/8 share

550 380 364 360

550 380 364 360

550 380 364 360

310 215 190 190

1100 788 792 725

1100 788 792 725

600 450 417 394

King/Queen with ensuite 2/3 share Hotel 4/6 share Hotel

400 350 320

400 350 320

450 350 320

300 230 200

700 550 500

700 550 500

700 550 500

410/*480 510/*595 540/*625

410/*480 510/*595 540/*625

480 595 625

325 405 435

1025/*875 1275/*1088 1350/*1150

1025 1275 1350

688 862 938

398/*440 397/*440 461/*512

398/*440 397/*440 461/*512

440 440 512

245 245 284

938/*844 942/*842 1090/*980

938 942 1090

615 608 710

430 260

430 260

430 260

270 190

815 520

815 520

815/*558 520/*380

248 120

248 120

248 120

184 95

443 240

443 240

443 240

290 345 335

290/*330 345/*420 335/*405

330 420 405

235 290 265

512 605 630

550 748 735

550/*407 748/*472 735/*525

500 535 640 690

500 535 640 690

500 535 640 690

295 330 435 485

1470 1558 1820 1945

1470 1558 1820 1945

958 1045 1308 1433

DATES ROOM CONFIGURATION

Alpine Spa Twin/Dble Chalet Spa Twin/Dble Balcony Spa Twin/Dble HOTEL PENSION GRIMUS APARTMENTS 7 No meals 2 bdrm/4 share (Schruns) 3 bdrm/6 share (St Anton) 4 bdrm/10 share (Chamonix) 8 THE WHITT Continental Breakfast Std Twin/Dble Extra Adult 9 KANDAHAR No meals Twin/Dble Extra Adult 10 MT BULLER AMS PRIVATE APARTMENTS No meals 1 bdrm/4 share (Chalet 803) From 2 bdrm/4 share (Chalet 709) From 3 bdrm/6 share (K2 - 7) From 11 MT BULLER CHALET HOTEL & SUITES Breakfast only King Room Twin/Dble (5 nights 5 x B, 3 x D) Valley King Twin/Dble 1 bdrm suite Twin/Dble 1 bdrm apartment Twin/Dble

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Bookings and Payment Once a booking is confirmed the booking conditions and cancellation charges determined by the Lodge will apply. This can vary greatly from Lodge to Lodge and details are summarised below. All prices include 10% GST.

Deposits Per Person

More than 6 weeks prior to departure....................................................Loss of Deposit Between 31 days - 6 weeks...................................................................70% of full fare Between 15 days - 30 days ...................................................................80% of full fare Between 8 days - 14 days .....................................................................90% of full fare Less than 7 days ............................................................................................No refund

Deposits are due within 7 days to confirm a booking - please note 50% of total package cost is required, but deposit due may vary dependant on the Lodge’s policy. Bookings which have not been confirmed by monies received will be cancelled without notice. For bookings less than 6 weeks to departure full payment is due within 7 days.

Travel insurance

Final Balance Due

Travel Insurance is inexpensive and highly recommended. Your travel agent or the Ski Connection staff can advise and provide you with adequate cover.

Lift and lift/lesson tickets are non refundable, see individual Resort brochures for more details.

Balance of payment is due 6 weeks prior to departure. Failure to make final payment by the due date may result in loss of booking and deposit.

TRAVEL INSURANCE RATES

Alteration and Cancellation Charges

Single Family (2 adults, 2 children)

Based on QBE Plus Insurance. Ask about our ‘Ski Pack’ for $50pp extra.

Photos: Courtesy of Visions of Victoria

Any alterations to bookings requested less than 6 weeks prior to the date of departure are subject to the same conditions as for a cancellation. Except where advised otherwise in this brochure, the following cancellation charges will apply. Note: Insurance can provide protection against substantial cancellation charges resulting from sickness or injury and is recommended.

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6 DAYS 70 140

8 DAYS 81 162


Check In Times & Departures

Change of Itinerary

Departure times should be confirmed when booking is made. Passengers are required to be at point of embarkation 30 minutes before advertised departure times. Departure times from the Ski Resorts should be confirmed and if the weather conditions are bad this could force an earlier departure than planned - no responsibility can be accepted for passengers who arrive after a service has departed. Evening meal on the return journey is not included. On some services to or from Mt. Hotham and Mt. Buller, it may be necessary to change vehicles - this will be advised on departure date.

The Ski Connection reserves the right, if necessary, to revise timetables or prices without notice.

Accommodation Room Availability Every effort will be made to make rooms available as soon as possible after arrival, however, it is not possible to guarantee room availability before 2.00pm. If rooms are not available immediately on arrival then changing facilities will be provided. Rooms must be vacated by 8.00am on day of departure, however, changing facilities will be provided prior to coach departure. BOND : A refundable bond ($250 - $400) is payable upon arrival at all self contained apartments. STAR RATINGS: Properties bearing the stars symbols eg.  (the “STARS”) are independantly assessed by AAA Tourism, the national tourism body of the Australian motoring organisations. The STARS are trademarks of AAA Tourism Pty Ltd. For more information about using star ratings, please go to www.aaatourism.com/stars

Snow Conditions The Ski Connection does not accept responsibility for snow conditions or bad weather which could cause the loss of skiing days. Cancellation or alteration of travel dates due to snow conditions does not exempt the booking from cancellation/alterations conditions. In the unlikely event that a coach is snowbound and is unable to leave the Resort as scheduled, any additional expenses incurred by the passengers for accommodation and/or meals are the responsibility of the individual. The Ski Connection will accept no responsibility for such costs. Similarly in the event that a Resort is not accessible by the normal route indicated in this brochure then The Ski Connection reserves the right to make alternative arrangements. Whilst every effort will be made to provide the package as brochured, no refund will be made in the event that it is necessary to make a change, resulting from such circumstances over which The Ski Connection has no control.The Ski Connection will accept no responsibility for any additional costs incurred as a result.

Conditions - Responsibility The Ski Connection coach departs at the scheduled times printed in this brochure. The Ski Connection hold no responsibility for passengers who fail to load, and alternative arrangements can sometimes be made for the journey missed but is at the passengers expense. The sale of services described herein is made by The Ski Connection as an agent only for the persons providing such other services upon condition that The Ski Connection shall not be liable for any accident, injury, delay, irregularity, loss or damage caused by or arising out of the provision of or failure to provide any such other service. The Ski Connection believe that the content of this brochure is correct at the time of printing. The Ski Connection shall be under no obligation or liability to any person as a result of any inaccuracy or misdescription to provide any service set out in this brochure.

Snow guarantee Snow guarantee is subject to the individual Lodges complying with the Resort recommendations. Details will be provided on request as conditions can vary from Resort to Resort and from Lodge to Lodge. All snow guarantee refunds will incur a 15% service charge.

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Bookings and enquiries Phone 1300 816

826

www.theskiconnection.com.au Email: bookings@theskiconnection.com.au

or your travel agent

AGENT BOOKINGS: PHONE 1300 655 990

The South Australian Travel Company P/L Trading as The Ski Connection Lic No. TTA 64062 ABN 89 003 651 170


The Ski Connection brochure 2010 - Mt Buller