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Mt Buller named as official Winter Olympic Training Centre
Victoria’s Mt Buller is to become a key element in the development of future Olympic athletes in aerial and mogul skiing, with its new designation as an official Winter Olympic Training Centre.
Following several months of planning and negotiations, a landmark partnership has been reached between the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Buller Ski Lifts, and the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board.
The Olympic Training Centre will include on-mountain accommodation for 20 athletes, an indoor acrobatic facility, upgraded aerials site, dedicated moguls course, additional snow making, and lights for training at night.
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Chair Geoffrey Henke said winter sports have grown over the past decade and now sit only behind swimming and sailing on current Olympic Sport high performance rankings.
Henke stated “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.”
With formal contracts to be finalised in the coming months, the centre is expected to be up and running in time for next winter.
Ski & Snowboard Australia Chair Dean Gosper welcomed the long term vision of Mt Buller in supporting winter sport, adding “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. “
Image: Olympic Gold medallist Lydia Lassila training at Mt Buller on the existing aerial site.
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