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29 August 2017

Mt Buller Resort in Victoria, Australia to Become Official Winter Olympic Training Centre

At the end of several months of extensive planning and negotiations, the Mt Buller resort village of eastern Victoria, Australia is set to become home to an official Olympic Training Centre, cementing the ski resort’s legacy as a hub for the nation’s winter sports enthusiasts. The training centre’s creation is the result of a landmark partnership which brings together the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Buller Ski Lifts, and the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board.

The resort already has something of a reputation for creating competition-level athletes, producing more Australian Olympic, World Championship, and World Cup Champions than any other resort in Australia. The Olympic Training Centre will cement Mt Buller as the Victorian home of Aerial and Mogul Skiing for the next 20 years, providing training programs recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee in the only resort in the country to offer Olympic athletes somewhere to live and train through both day and night.

Renovations and upgrades being made in preparation for the opening of the official Olympic Training Centre include the construction of on-mountain accommodation for up to 20 athletes, additional snow-making facilities/equipment, an indoor aerobic facility, dedicated moguls site, and an upgraded aerials site. Lights will also be installed throughout the centre to allow for training to continue through the night.

Formal contracts will reportedly be finalised in the coming months, with the centre due to open in time for winter 2018.

Geoffrey Henke AO, Chair, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, said of the historic partnership, “Winter sports have had remarkable success over the past decade, and now sit only behind Swimming and Sailing on current Olympic Sport high performance rankings. We are delighted to announce this partnership with Mt Buller to help more Australians reach the pinnacle of winter sport success for years to come.”

Dean Gosper, Chair, Ski & Snowboard Australia also commented, “Mt Buller has always been an important partner for our sport and in particular Aerial Skiing. We are delighted to partner with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and Mt Buller to extend their athlete training programs. We also welcome the long term vision of Mt Buller in supporting winter sport and are pleased to be extending the rights to host the Victorian Interschools at Mt Buller.”

Meanwhile Andy Evans, Director, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management Board said “This is wonderful news for athletes, parents, children and visitors to Mt Buller. Young skiers will be able to watch their heroes train right beside the Village Square, then follow their dreams from ski school to the Victorian Interschools, involvement in Mt Buller Sports Clubs, and then on to an elite training program – all right here at Mt Buller. And the FIS dual moguls course will also be open to all skiers when it’s not required for training.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for the written word. Currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor, his time at many UK festivals has taught him the importance of keeping warm.