|How far is Mt Buller from Melbourne?
||Mt Buller is approximately three hours from Melbourne by car, via Mansfield. It is the closest major ski resort to an international airport.
There are quite a few ways you can get to Mansfield from Melbourne, including via Whittlesea and Yea from Plenty Rd; along the Hume Hwy to Tallarook and then to Yea; along the Hume Hwy to the Benalla/Mansfield turnoff; or along the Melba Hwy through Yarra Glen to Yea and then on to Mansfield.
|What if I don't want to drive?
There are a number of coach services that operate to and from Mt Buller, with options for transport only, or package deals that include equipment hire and more. Coach services depart daily from Melbourne, with pickup points in various suburbs and even Tullamarine Airport if you are flying in from interstate or overseas. CLICK HERE to visit the Coaches section of the website for more information on the coach services to and from Mt Buller.
|How much does it cost to enter the Resort?
||Throughout the declared snow season an entry fee is payable to access Mt Buller as you pass through the gates at Mirimbah. The single payment covers entry to both Mt Buller and the neighbouring Mt Stirling as well as parking for day visitors.
CLICK HERE to view 2015 resort entry prices.
|Do I need to carry wheel chains for my car?
||Yes, by law, chains must be carried at designated times in alpine areas. To check if chains are required to be carried today CLICK HERE. All overnight visitors must carry chains. They can be hired in Mansfield, Merrijig and Mirimbah (at the base of the mountain just before you come through the resort's entry gate). You'll rarely need to use your chains but it is a good idea to ask how to fit them. Although fitting chains is quick and easy, Mt Buller also has qualified chain fitters on site who, are located at Chain Bay 1 to assist guests with their chains for a fee.
|Where do I park my car?
||There are several car parks located 1.5 – 3km below the Mt Buller Village. As you are nearing the car parks you will be met by an attendant who will guide you to a parking spot.
|How much does car parking cost?
||For day visitors parking is free. For overnight visitors the cost is $12 per night midweek (Sunday – Thursday) and $23 per night weekends (Friday & Saturday). Payment for parking is made at the resort entry gate.
|How do I get from the car park to the Village?
||If you’re visiting Mt Buller for the day and don’t have luggage you can hop on the free shuttle. The free shuttle does continuous loops from the car parks to the Mt Buller Village.
If you are staying overnight you can catch a 4WD over-snow taxi from the car park to your accommodation. Cost is $21.50 for adults (one way) and $13.50 for children (one way). You can pay for a taxi at the resort entry gate or pay the driver when you’re in the taxi.
|Why can’t I drive my car into the Village?
||Only 4WD vehicles with Village access permits are allowed to enter the Mt Buller Village. Due to limited parking spaces in the Village and for safety reasons, all other visitors must park in the car parks below the Village.
|Can I ride my bike up the Mt Buller Rd in winter?
||Road cyclists are not permitted to ride up or down the Mt Buller Road in the snow season. The road is a declared hazard to cyclists due to heavy traffic and the changed road conditions due to snowfall and cold temperatures.
|When does it snow on Mt Buller?
||The official snow season is from Queen’s Birthday weekend in June until the end of September / early October. Traditionally the coldest months are July and August and this is when the majority of snow falls. It is difficult to predict exactly when the snow will fall as it is dependent on weather conditions. CLICK HERE to see today's weather conditions.
|What is the weather like on Mt Buller?
||The temperature on Mt Buller in winter can range from about -10 to 15 degrees Celsius, with an approximate average of just zero degrees in July and August. As Mt Buller is up high it can get windy and feel very cold. View the ‘what clothing do I need to bring’ page for information on clothing and protective necessities. CLICK HERE to see today's weather conditions.
|Where are the snowplay/toboggan parks?
||There are two toboggan parks on Mt Buller. One is next to the Horse Hill Car Park, the other is next to Alpine Central on the right as you enter the Village.
|Is there a cost to use the toboggan parks?
||No, the use of the toboggan parks is free of charge. If you don’t own a toboggan and wish to hire one, the cost is around $10 per day. Toboggans can be hired from Celia’s Kiosk near the Horse Hill Car Park or from various retail and rental outlets in the Village.
|Are there any rules for using the toboggan park?
||Yes there are rules that need to be followed for your safety and for the safety of others. CLICK HERE to view them.
|How many skiers can Mt Buller handle in a day?
||Mt Buller’s lift system can carry up to 40,000 skiers per hour, which is eight times the number of workers in the Rialto Towers. The resort can handle up to 10,000 skiers or boarders on any given day!
|What do I do if I want to take a ski or snowboard lesson?
||It's easy to book in for a lesson at the Ski & Snowboard School where you can get some great advice from the team on the right level and lesson for you. You can also pre-purchase your lesson with your lift ticket - just ask at any ticket counter.
Mt Buller has a FREE 2 hour Discover lesson included with a 1 Day liftpass which is ideal for beginner skiers and boarders. Find out more here.
There are also many options for group lessons and private tuition - chat to an instructor and find the lesson for you!
|How do I get to the Ski & Snowboard School?
||The Ski & Snowboard School is located halfway up Bourke Street on the left side of the Blue Bullet Express Chairlift. Once you have purchased a lift ticket or collected hire equipment, first timers or those who are not yet confident to ride the lift can take the free Village shuttle (red route) to the Ski & Snowboard School. The shuttle picks up every few minutes and there is a bus stop located in the Village, next to Cow Camp, outside the Kooroora. You can also follow the signs at the base of the Blue Bullet Chairlift and walk through the Magic Forest, entering through the Magic Forest entrance.
Bluff View is located opposite the Blue Bullet Chairlift. Take the free Village shuttle (blue route) to the Arlberg Hotel and walk across Bourke Street to the meeting place.
|How much accommodation is available on the mountain?
||Mt Buller has more than 7000 on-mountain beds - more than any other Victorian resort. With options from simple hostel accommodation right through to luxury hotel suites there is something for everyone. Step out your front door and onto the slopes without wasting a moment!
|How do I book accommodation on the mountain?
||For all accommodation booking and enquiries call 1800 BULLER (1800 285 537) or drop into the Clocktower Information Centre in the Village Square and speak to one of our friendly reservations agents.
|How much snow can you make?
||When running at full capacity Mt Buller's snowmaking system can make enough snow to fill two 44 gallon drums every second. That's 120 drums per minute and 7200 drums per hour. The snowmaking system covers an area 36 times larger than the MCG arena.
For more information view the snowmaking page.
|Will we still be able to ski in 10 years due to global warming?
||Absolutely. Research conducted by the CSIRO and contained in the State Government’s 20/20 strategy shows that Australia’s higher altitude ski resorts such as Mt Buller will still be operating in 20 years. There may be an increasing reliance on manmade show in the coming years but Mt Buller has invested heavily in its snowmaking system to ensure we will still be able to continue to produce snow if natural falls decline.
|Is Buller just a mountain for beginners?
||No, Mt Buller has a wide mix of terrain to appeal to all skiers and boarders, from beginners to experts. Our terrain mix is 25% advanced, 45 % intermediate and beginner 30% with everything from groomed runs to steeps, moguls and off-piste thrills.
|Do I have to buy a ticket if I want to use the terrain park and not ride the lift?
||Yes. The cost of a lift ticket does not only go towards lift operations but also snowmaking and grooming which are used in the terrain park, Ski Patrol, insurance and the purchase of rails and park features.