Mt Buller has the kind of cache that fledging resorts can only dream of. Undeterred by the sometimes unreliable snow conditions, the occasionally overcrowded lift lines and a comparatively small terrain spread, Melbourne's well-heeled and adventurous alike have flocked to Buller for years. And it certainly is a resort that merits a visit. Only three hours from Melbourne, and replete with both plush and budget accommodation options, some outstanding dining and awesome nightlife, you won't be disappointed.
The thrill of the terrain itself does in truth have the potential to pale quickly for better riders with a large proportion of beginner and intermediate slopes. And whichever way you slice it, it can become a victim of its own popularity. On long weekends and after heavy falls, the lift network groans as it spits out up 40,000 people per hour in an area that would be considered little more than a footnote to a large North American resort. But the resort is blissfully peaceful during the week (outside of school holidays), and the half-price life tickets for University students on Tuesdays are well worth missing a lecture or two for.
But while the terrain may be lacking, the atmosphere is positively awesome. The Apres and nightlife are good, and the primal revelry at Kooroora is fun on weeknights and downright debaucherous on weekends.
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