Visitor reviews for Mount Buller Ski Resort

Mount Buller Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 26 votes and 30 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.2

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mount Buller is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.8

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Buller has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 3.9

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.6

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mount Buller.

Public Transport: 3.5

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Buller, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.3

(1) No places to stay in/near Mount Buller, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Buller.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Buller, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.0

(1) Mount Buller relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.1

(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Buller, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Buller are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mount Buller is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Buller, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.1

(1) Mount Buller usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.0

(1) The staff at Mount Buller are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Buller are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.8

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.1

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.3

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.0

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.1

(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Buller, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.9

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Mount Buller, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Buller, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Buller has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.7

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.9

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.0

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.4

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.3

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.1

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 2.5

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.2

(1) Overall, Mount Buller is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 2.3

(1) Overall, Mount Buller is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

November 12, 2019
David from Ski Australia Australia
Wonderful experience. If you book a couple of weeks ahead you get the best value. Definitely stay overnight or go on a weekday, don't do a day-trip on a Saturday. Best terrain in Aus by far, but sometimes the snow early in the season can be unreliable. That's why I always go in September. Luckily, they also have a top notch snow-making system. Best apres-ski in Aus as well with the main nightclub open 'til 3am every night. Avoid driving up and back in one day on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll have a fantastic time.
July 11, 2019
Richard from Ski Australia Australia
2nd time here and the last. Weather was shocking and when we finally gave up on the slopes as many did there was a massive queue out in the freezing hail and rain. No cover and no information given. Buses just stopped for an hr and everyone just left to queue in this weather. Kids shivering and crying and adults furious. They could have said take cover for an hour. Terrible experience - will never return. Someone will die there.
July 22, 2018
Matt from Ski Australia Australia
Arrive early as carpark can fill and even if you have a pre paid parking ticket you will be turned away. A lot of 1st time day trip buses. If staying overnight be ready for the most expensive taxi of your life. The taxi and buses are run by a separate company. I took a small backpack for over night gear and got told I wasn't allowed on the bus and had to get a taxi. I just got Northside chairlift instead. Lifties are good and friendly but very poorly managed. Lift lines are chaos with a lot of pushing and shoving and half full or empty chairs going up. Once you get past this the back side of the hill is great and some nice lines can be found. All said, I have a season pass and keep going back. Just know what to expect and be ready for it, haha.
July 07, 2018
Marjorie from Ski Australia Australia
This mountain is a joke compared to others. It took us two hours to get to the top and then we waited in line for 1 hour to use the toilet! Get more toilets! When you have young children who need to go regularly you spend the whole day lining up to use the toilet.
September 24, 2017
Michael from Ski Australia Australia
Last time we went, we got a great ski instructor. His name was Thomas Z. Yesterday, we got the worst instructor ever. His name was Leon G, a middle-aged man. He was rude to my kid and few others in his class. Next time you go and get this instructor, get a refund. Remember this name: Leon, worst instructor ever.
July 12, 2017
Marcus Rose from Ski Australia Australia
I've been skiing at Buller for over 50 years. When the snow is fresh and the sky is blue Buller steps are as good as anywhere in the world, although much shorter. That doesn't matter as you just ski more runs. The trouble is that Buller doesn't get good snow often, and the weather is windy and foggy more often than sunny, although visibility on the Southern slopes is almost always good. A few years back Federation was extended and the poor snow now limits the usefulness of this run; its shorter and the Southside lift is not much good. This was the greatest black run in the mountain stuffed up. Car parking and jeep access is now a scam as many comments correctly point out. There is a Nazi mentality and very poor customer service. Also, there is room for hundreds of 4WD vehicles on and off the village roads but they are kept clear for the jeeps (that could still work with parked cars but they haven't figured that out). The decision makers just feel panicked by the idea. They obviously haven't been to any European or North American resorts. The mountain chairlifts are on the whole an odd collection that stop frequently. For some reason a Howqua Summit chairlift cannot get off the drawing board, despite that being a no brainer for advanced and beginners alike (and in an area that gets good snow and retains it). The poor cash flows from a short season don't help, but clever managers would canvass the government to build this tourist opportunity, or just prioritise better. Food on slope is a huge stuff up. Kofflers and Tirol Cafe both under delivering, although Kofflers is run by lovely people and is amazing for getting the food out but the building needs to be replaced. Tirol food is also fine, but takes 30-45 minutes to get it and there is no room to sit inside. This whole situation is appalling. The village is quite ugly due to poor planning. It interferes with the ski slopes, and the architecture and arrangement of buildings was designed to be unobtrusive, as if ashamed of what it represents. The planners must have never skied Europe or the US. Buller: can't live with it or without it. It's easy to get to, ugly and problematic, but when it's good it's great.
September 02, 2016
Nick from Ski Australia Australia
If you're looking for a place where $50 notes magically turn into $5 notes, then Mt Buller is the place for you. If you are seriously into your skiing and want to stay away from rain and made snow, save your pennies and go overseas. Mt Buller has not got the balance correct between overcharging for everything and expecting people to be happy when there are poor snow conditions. Whilst they can't control the weather, they might consider adjusting their prices! Improve the service and don't expect a family of 4 to pay $1000 per day for lift tickets and ski hire to ski on man-made wet snow!!
July 21, 2016
SJ from Ski Australia Australia
Go to NSW... all i'm gonna say.
June 26, 2016
JK from Ski Australia Australia
On a global scale, only Perisher (NSW) comes close to being large enough to be comparable to a Euro or US resort. When Australia has a decent snow season (albeit a short window) the resorts of Perisher and Thredbo (NSW) and Hotham, Falls Creek and Buller (Vic) are all great resorts with quality infrastructure, plenty of fun and challenge. Yes, they are busy, yes, they are short(er) runs than most Euro and US resorts but they are still a great day out. Mt Buller has the advantage of being less than 3 hours drive from Melbourne (shortest trip from CBD to any of these 5 major resorts) which can be crazy busy on weekends but when the snow is good enough, the lift network copes very well at keeping the queue times down across most lift lines. From my experience, Hotham has far worse queues given its layout and far fewer lifts in total. Other advantages at Buller vs the rest is its solid snowmaking network. With a new snowmaking dam penned in for '17 or '18 which will expand water supply and then the planned guns added to Standard and Wood Run the Victorian resorts won't even come close to the terrain available in weaker seasons. Aside from snowmaking, a greater % of the total terrain can also open on a lesser base than other resorts. A 80cm base sees 90% of the resort open and only a handful more cm and Federation is open top to bottom which usually means the whole resort is open. Hotham, by contrast, needs at least 125cm to be fully open. From a terrain perspective, I argue that Buller has good (or better) terrain than Falls Creek and Perisher and matches Hotham and Thredbo for steeps/technical runs. Lastly, lift prices. Having come back from Park City Utah (inc Deer Valley), the lift prices are no more expensive than the established US resorts (Deer Valley was US$135). Let's face it, skiing isn't cheap. Yes, you could go to NZ or Japan for cheaper prices but nothing beats a cold Aussie beer atop Tyrol cafe or Koflers when the sun's out and the snow's ready to tear up!
July 03, 2014
John from Ski Australia Australia
Mount Buller is just 3 hrs from Melbourne. We hired a 4x4 car and drove up there arriving mid afternoon. The “Mt Buller whoever people” herd you into a god forsaken carpark about a couple of km from Mt Buller, in the ice and snow. They then proceed to herd you into “taxis” (we call them Toyota personnel carriers). Then, with your luggage thrown onto roof racks and not secured in anyway, they drive you to Mt Buller for $18.50! No choice here? We were then dumped at the foot of two flights of steps up to the hotel, the lift then takes you up to the lobby; after, of course, you have dragged your own bags up the icy steps. After a 5 day stay we left at about 815am. The steps out of the hotel were now treacherous (as one of the employees said on arrival, but did nothing about). Our “taxi” arrived and we discovered that there is more than one carpark! Nobody had told us this, issued us with an ID ticket or anything. As visitors how would we know? Luckily, we remembered it was on the right hand side of the road as you came up the mountain. So off we went again with our luggage on the roof rack and again not secured. We arrived at the carpark a few minutes later, there were two other groups there also with taxi drivers, All the cars in the carpark were not just covered in snow but had snow pushed up against the rears of them by whatever vehicle had “cleared” the carpark. All of the taxis left. We asked our driver what we were supposed to do to clear our car, he suggested we start on the roof. He rapidly left also. Now as the snow was actually more ice than snow, and had been pushed up over the rear doors, starting on the roof was a little ridiculous. Without aid or tools how could people dig out cars in this state? We had a mobile phone so called the hotel, they had no interest at all. Stranded, with no means to dig ourselves out, eventually after 2hrs and the 3 groups helping each other we got out. No notices anywhere as to whether we needed to fit chains; was the road blocked? Had there been snow since it had been cleared last; how would tourists know? It turned out the only snow was around the cars in the carpark. Again, why is all this left to chance. What sort of place leaves its money earners to “get on with it?” I know of no other State in Australia where so called taxi drivers would deliberately abandon people in a frozen waste with no tools and no means to return to safety. As I understand it taxi drivers have a duty of care to their fare paying clients; certainly normal human decency would require someone to at least assist. Knowing this was the case before we even got to the site, these people are local and very willing to take your money. They, after all, would be doing this every day. We were total strangers and at the mercy of those around to advise us. I am ashamed to say I am an Australian. I know for a fact Western Australians would never leave ill equipped persons in this state. When we hired the 4x4 in Melbourne we asked whether we needed anything for the journey to Mt Buller. We were told to collect snow chains at Mansfield; we were given no indication that we would be left/abandoned in a snowfield. When we collected the snow chains we asked for a demonstration on fitting them; again no indication that we could need a shovel to dig us out before the snow chains would be of any use! As I understand it, people involved in such industries, where clients could be at risk, have a duty of care to inform or assist. We, as with the others present, had no knowledge of circumstances or requirements; that is the responsibility of those making money out of these ventures, well at least in other States. It is also illegal to carry “a load” unsecured on the roof of a road vehicle, I think this shows both the attitude of and the standard of these ”taxi drivers”. A wonderful holiday ruined by those responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the tourists they are only too eager to take money off. Be warned; try NSW they, at least, know what is correct. Mount Buller --- Don't bother.