Buller Ski Lifts will auction 61 chairs from the Blue Bullet chairlift ahead of the lift’s retirement at the end of the 2018 snow season.
The live auction will be held at Mt Buller on Saturday 22 September starting at 12 noon with all funds raised going to the Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary.
The bidding for four-seater chairs from the well-loved lift is expected to be strong, particularly for popular numbers.
Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied announced the plans, “There is strong interest from our community in the retirement of Blue Bullet chairlift and this auction is an opportunity for people to secure a special piece of Mt Buller history while supporting a local institution we all depend on.” All 61 chairs from the Blue Bullet 1 will be auctioned on the day.
Chairs will be available to successful bidders after the close of the snow season.
All 61 chairs from the Blue Bullet will be auctioned on the day. Information on the auction and how to register to bid will be published at mtbuller.com.au. Chairs will be available to successful bidders after the close of the snow season.
Blue Bullet was the first Doppelmayr detachable quad chair built when it opened in 1984 and will have carried approx. 17 million passengers in its 34 year lifespan at the end of the snow season on Sunday 7 October. It will be replaced by a new 6-seater chairlift that will open for the 2019 winter.
Mt Buller skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a new, faster ride up Bourke Street next winter with the exciting announcement of a $6 million, 6-seater high-speed chairlift for season 2019.
The new lift is an upgrade to a larger and faster 6-seater. This means less time waiting in lines and more time on the snow for Mt Buller skiers and boarders.
A spokesman said “In 1983 Blue Bullet 1 & 2 were the first high-speed detachable quad chairlifts in the world. Local skiers and boarders will be a little sad to see Blue Bullet go as it’s been a big part of our mountain, but after moving a staggering 500,000 guests every winter - that’s 17 million passengers in its 34 year lifetime – we think it’s time to retire. There isn’t another chairlift in Victoria that has carried more passengers.”