t Buller offers an ideal winter escape to the Australian Alps, whether you’re planning a quick day trip or extended snow holiday. This ski resort is especially suited to beginners and non-skiers due to its varied terrain, great range of events and activities, both on and off the slopes, and a beautiful mountain Village that boasts plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping. So, if you’re a beginner skier/snowboarder or non-skier and considering a visit to the snow this winter, continue reading to find out why Mt Buller is suitable for you.
10 Reasons Why Mt Buller is Perfect for Beginners or Non-Skiers
- 25% of Mt Buller’s 180 hectares of terrain is dedicated to beginner runs (45% intermediate, 30% advanced)
- Of the 24 lifts at Mt Buller, 5 lifts are dedicated to beginner runs
- First timers get a FREE two-hour lesson included with a Discovery Pass
- Mt Buller has over 30 bars, restaurants and cafes, over 14 rental and retail outlets, and several late night venues including live music from big bands
- Non-skiers can enjoy FREE live entertainment in the Village and on the slopes every Saturday in July and August
- For non-skiers, there’s a scenic chairlift and tobogganing, or go snowtubing in the snowtube park
- Snowshoeing at Mt Buller is fantastic, especially if you’re not wild about skiing
- Mt Buller has the only alpine museum in Australia, the National Alpine Museum of Australia
- Mt Buller is the largest and most accessible of the major ski resorts, and hence the busiest and trendiest
- A FREE intra-Village bus service runs all season long, making it easy to get around the Village
Where is Mt Buller located?
Mt Buller is located in Alpine National Park in Victoria, Australia. In terms of distance, it is situated 248km northeast of Melbourne and 41km east of the nearest town, Mansfield.
Mt Buller Height
Mt Buller has an elevation of 1,805m above sea level.
Mt Buller Ski Season
The ski season officially launches on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June and runs until mid-September.
Mt Buller Season Dates for 2015
In 2015, the ski season begins on the weekend of 6-8 June and runs until 26 September.
Mt Buller Ski Map
Mt Buller Village Map
Mt Buller for Beginners
Mt Buller is one of the best ski resorts in Victoria for beginner skiers or snowboarders. With wide groomed runs of Little Buller Spur and Burnt Hut, a worldwide class Ski & Snowboard School and special deals for first timers, Mt Buller provides the ideal snow experience for beginners.
Mt Buller Lift Pass
Mt Buller lift pass is now called a B-Tag which carries your lift pass, lessons and rentals all in one electronic pass. B-Tags can be purchased online in advance saving you time, money and hassle when you hit the slopes.
To purchase your B-Tag, go to Mt Buller’s official website.
Mt Buller Lift Pass Deals
Buy Online – When you purchase lift tickets online more than 7 days in advance, you’ll save 10%. Plus, buying online gives you access to great products not otherwise available.
Ski in Spring – September is low season so lift passes cost less. Other advantages of skiing in spring include fewer skiers on the slopes, shorter lift queues and warmer weather.
Tertiary Discounts – Tertiary students get half-price lift tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday and 20% off lift tickets any other day.
Mt Buller Lift Prices
2015 Adult Lift & Lesson Prices
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2015 Twilight Riding Passes
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Mt Buller Ski School
Mt Buller Ski & Snowboard School has a team of international instructors offering a range of lessons to suit your needs. Lessons are divided into the following categories.
- 2-Hour Peak (Mornings)
- 2-Hour Off Peak (Afternoons)
- Beginner Lessons
- Private Lessons
- Group Lessons
Mt Buller Ski School Deals
Off-Peak Private Lessons – Off-peak private lessons are 20% cheaper than peak lessons. In addition to the savings, you get to sleep in and take your one-on-one lessons in the afternoon.
Free 2-Hour Discover Lesson – First timers can enjoy a FREE Discover lesson with the Discover Pass ($116), which also gives you access to five of the beginner lifts. Adult Discover lessons are held at 9am, 11am, and 1:30pm every day as well as 10am on weekends.
Mt Buller Ski Lessons
2015 Private Ski Lessons
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Mt Buller for Non-Skiers
Top 10 Mt Buller Activities
Apart from skiing and snowboarding, Mt Buller is packed with entertainment and activities for singles, couples, families and kids. Take part in one or more activities from the list below when you visit Mt Buller this winter.
Families with kids of all ages will love the exhilarating experience of tobogganing. Mt Buller has two designated toboggan areas – one located in the day car park next to Celia’s Kiosk and the other next to Alpine Central in the Village.
Toboggans are available for hire from most on-mountain rental outlets.
Donning a pair of snowshoes is the perfect way to explore the winter wonderland that is Mt Buller. Suitable for all ages, snowshoeing is as easy as walking. Whether you want to trek to the summit to watch a glorious sunset or explore the Mt Buller backcountry playground with deep snow among the trees, you’ll discover a side of the mountain you haven’t seen before.
Snowshoes are available for hire from most on-mountain rental outlets.
If you enjoy orienteering, you’ll love snowgaining which is high altitude snowgaining. It’s a great way to explore the alpine area and have some fun in the snow.
Nine checkpoints have been placed around the mountain. Your challenge is to visit these locations, in whatever order you like, and return with a completed checkpoint control card. Everyone who completes a full card receives a Mt Buller branded multi tool.
4. Scenic Chairlift Rides
You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to explore the mountain. Simply jump on the Northside Express chairlift 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.
Tickets are available from any ticket office or Buller Sports Outlet. You can purchase single or multiple ride tickets.
2015 Sightseer Lift Pass Prices
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5. Sled Dog Tours
Australian Sled Dog Tours offer exciting and picturesque sled dog tours throughout the whole season, snow permitting. Tours include a meet and greet with the Huskies, a photo session and sled dog tour. All tours also include information sessions on the tradition of sled dog racing and its history in Australia.
There are three tours to choose from, including:
Mountain View Run (30 minute meet and greet, 30 minute dog sledding)
The perfect introduction to sledding, take in the spectacular scenery of Mt Buller with Siberian Huskies.
Harnessed Dreams (30 minute meet and greet, 1 hour sledding)
Enjoy the exciting and picturesque trail, relax as a passenger or have a go at driving your own team.
Powder Hound Adventure (4.5 hours approx)
A longer tour for the dog sledding enthusiast! Enjoy the exciting and picturesque trail of Corn Hill Road on your way to Howqua Gap Hut, stop to have some refreshments before making your way back. Learn to handle and drive your own Siberian Husky Team.
6. Scenic Helicopter Flights
Take a scenic helicopter flight and enjoy spectacular views of Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and the stunning vistas of the High Country. Scenic flights operate most Saturdays in July, August and September 2015, weather permitting.
Enjoy a Scenic Flight taking in spectacular views of Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and the High Country or take a Craig’s Hut Discovery Flight and enjoy a hot drink at the famous Craig’s Hut as seen in the “Man from Snowy River” movies.
7. National Alpine Museum
The only alpine museum in Australia, the National Alpine Museum of Australia (www.nama.org.au) highlights the fascinating history of this area. Admission is FREE. The museum is located at Level 1, Community Centre, Summit Road, and is open from 10am-1pm & 4-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat & Sun in summer and 9am-6pm in winter.
8. Walks and Audio Tours
The Mt Buller Walks app is an informative and educational visual and audio guide to Mt Buller’s walks. The app contains a list of walks and tours that are available on Mt Buller including the Summit Nature Walk (outside winter season), Gnome Roam, and Mt Buller Sculpture Park Walk.
9. Day Spa
Spoil yourself at the luxurious Breathtaker On High Alpine Spa Retreat on Mt Buller. Soak in hot pools, revive under water jets and renew in warm steam. Take advantage of spa packages, be massaged, soothed and nurtured by skilled therapists in this unique and tranquil environment.
Mt Buller’s 180-seat cinema is the highest movie cinema in Australia. It’s also a great place to cosy up and relax on the mountain. Usually two movies are screened every evening throughout the season in Mt Buller’s 180-seat cinema – the highest movie cinema in Australia. The cinema is located within Alpine Central.
How to get to Mt Buller?
Mt Buller is 248km from Melbourne, via the Yarra Valley or Hume Highway and the towns of Yea and Mansfield. A variety of transport options are available, either by bus, car, airport transfer and even helicopter.
Mt Buller Bus Service
If you’re not driving to Mt Buller, the best way to get there by public transport is by coach.
Mansfield to Mt Buller
During season, Mansfield-Mt Buller Bus Lines operates a ski transport service to Mt Buller eight times a day. Mansfield-Mt Buller Bus Lines are located at 137 High Street, Mansfield and can be visited online at MMBL.
Melbourne to Mt Buller
Mansfield-Mt Buller Bus Lines (MMBL) also runs buses between Mt Buller and Melbourne three times a week. MMBL picks up visitors from Southern Cross Station and Tullamarine Airport.
For fares, timetables and other details, visit MMBL.
Mt Buller Map
Mt Buller Address
Mt Buller Contact Details
Phone: 03 5777 7800
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