Mt Buller is gearing up for the official opening of the 2010 snow season, with celebrations planned across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on June 12-14. A host of events and activities are planned, and special guests will include Mt Buller’s own Winter Olympians Lydia Lassila, Joh Shaw and Katya Crema.
Mt Buller’s Winter Olympic heroes will lead the Opening Weekend festivities in the Village Square on Saturday afternoon from 3.30pm, with an Olympic-themed ‘opening ceremony’ and torch parade led by Lydia, Joh and Katya. Revellers can enjoy complimentary Glühwein and hot chocolate – plus face painting and balloons for the kids – whilst enjoying live music, fire dancers, fireworks and more.
Visitors to Mt Buller will get the chance to rub shoulders with the athletes when they speak of their journey to the Olympics and answer questions at a public forum on Sunday afternoon, and again that night at the Winter Olympic Institute Masquerade Cocktail Party Fundraiser.
Other events happening over the weekend include the Blessing of the Snow at the Mt Buller Chapel and the Buller Ski Lifts Expo. Plus, to honour Lydia Lassila’s gold medal-winning efforts at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, a dedication ceremony will be held to rename the Chamois Chairlift the ‘Lydia Lassila Chairlift’.
Chief Executive Officer of the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board, John Huber, said he is looking forward to the official opening of the 2010 snow season and anticipates a weekend full of celebration – and perhaps even some snow angels. “We are very much looking forward to the opening of the snow season here at Mt Buller. The recent snowfalls we’ve received combined with the positive long-range weather forecast gives us plenty to celebrate as we launch into the 2010 winter season.
“Opening weekend is a great time to visit Mt Buller, both for skiers and snowboarders wanting to get their first glimpse of snow for the season, and for those looking for a relaxing break for the long weekend. An easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, it is the perfect opportunity to escape for the weekend and enjoy some fun in the mountains.”
Mr. Huber is also thrilled to welcome Mt Buller’s own Olympic heroes back to the Resort. “Mt Buller is the place that many of our Olympians first learnt to ski or snowboard. We were all very proud watching them compete in Vancouver, and it is wonderful to have them back here to celebrate their victory with the Mt Buller community.”
Mt Buller’s snow season officially kicks off on Saturday 12 June. A range of accommodation deals and packages are available for the weekend. Visit mtbuller.com.au for further details.