Following a large dump of late spring snow and some easing COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria, Australia, Mt Buller opened for one more day. They opened just for season pass holders on September 28, as a thank you for their support throughout the season.
They rolled Bourke Street Express in perfect spring conditions.
The 2020 winter was always going to have its challenges. From the bushfires which surrounded the region in summer to the global pandemic businesses in the alpine region have been hurting. All of the ski resorts in Australia have handled this year’s obstacles differently. Although, Mt Buller has tried their best to do what was ethically right for regional Victoria.
When faced with the COVID-19 outbreak which shut Melbourne down, Buller stayed open for 44-days. They wanted to help support regional Victoria and keep businesses open. When other Victorian resorts stopped the operation of lifts after just four-days.
One of the biggest worries for Australian regular snow lovers was season passes and the availability of lift tickets. Mt Buller was the only resort to honor season pass holders in Australia and not take their passes away like other resorts did in a bid to control capacities.
When the lifts at Mt Buller were shut down from the government restrictions, the resort announced season pass holders could elect how much of their season pass they could have refunded. All, nothing, or partial refund.
“The BSL team did everything in possible to deliver the best possible mountain experiences this winter. We take pride that Mt Buller was the only Australian resort not to restrict access to its valued Season Members. We worked tirelessly against a backdrop of a global pandemic to get open, to stay open and to deliver a positive and safe experience for 44 days.”
From such a tough season, Mt Buller have been champions.