One of Australia’s top ski resorts, Mt Buller, is guaranteeing snow on the opening day of the season, thanks to a new “snow factory”. The Victorian resort has spent $1.6 million on the TechnoAlpin 220 Snowfactory, which has the ability to pump out artificial snow well above zero degrees.
Ahead of the official start of the southern season, on June 10, 2017, Buller’s snowmaking team has been testing the technology. Over two days in March, the factory produced more 500 cubic metres of snow. Autumn visitors enjoyed the rare treat, getting in a few very early pre-season turns. Check out the resort’s first “snow report” below:
“We are delighted we can make snow already and deliver on our promise of skiing on Bourke Street for opening weekend in June,” said Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied.
“This Snowfactory is a game-changing investment for Mt Buller,” he said. “The tests this week have exceeded our expectations. To see people enjoying snow in March, all smiling ear to ear 80 days before the opening of the ski season is an incredible moment in our resort’s history.”
Mt Buller will start making snow in earnest in May. Until then, check out this video of the resort from the day the snow factory arrived: