Mercedes-Benz Star Lodge adds a touch of luxury at Mt Buller

 

 

Last weekend saw the opening of an exciting addition to the resort at Mt Buller with the opening of a stylish lodge a-top the Baldy ski run.

In the fine tradition of the ‘warming huts’ that dot European and American ski fields, giving skiers and snowboarders a spot to warm up and rest, Mercedes-Benz opened the doors to the Star Lodge on Saturday 30 June.

Photo credit: Tony Harrington/Mercedes-Benz

Part of the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Mt Buller, the Star Lodge sits just a few steps from the top of the Mercedes-Benz Chairlift and is fitted with all the creature comforts a skier or boarder might hope for.

It will welcome all skiers and boarders, who can rest in comfortable chairs, connect to Wi-Fi and charge their phones, warm their hands using air vents as seen in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and enjoy ambient lighting that changes to suit the time of day, reminiscent of the Energizing Comfort Control feature found in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class range and even fill their water bottles.

Visitors can also take a seat on benches equipped with blankets to fully appreciate the jaw-dropping panorama, or snap a selfie to capture the moment.

Photo credit: Tony Harrington/Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz Star Lodge was constructed with three shipping containers placed in position by crane and lashed to twelve 1.25-tonne concrete blocks. The structure is built to resist cyclone-strength wind gusts, providing visitors with shelter from the changing elements as well as welcome warmth and comfort.

In addition to the Star Lodge, Mercedes-Benz has also supplied the Mt Buller with a fleet of its capable SUVs, each specially fitted with snow tyres for operational use around the resort this season.

Mercedes-Benz Australia-Pacific Managing Director and CEO Horst von Sanden said skiing and snowboarding is a favourite pastime for many Mercedes-Benz owners and prospective customers.

Photo credit: Tony Harrington/Mercedes-Benz

“With the Star Lodge we give not just our customers, but every visitor a subtle taste of the Mercedes-Benz lifestyle with an invitation to enjoy our warm hospitality,” he said. “We created an innovative and interactive way for Mercedes-Benz to be at the heart of the action, right next to one of Australia’s busiest ski runs.

“Various models from our SUV range including the GLE and seven-seat GLS are the perfect transportation to Mount Buller with a suitably luxurious journey for guests, and the capability to tackle snowy roads.

Winter Olympian Scotty James popped in for the opening. Photo credit: Tony Harrington/Mercedes-Benz

“In spite of the ambitious nature of building a completely new and untried structure on a mountain-top in difficult weather conditions, Mt Buller has supported us each step of the way. We look forward to seeing the Mercedes-Benz Star Lodge becoming a guiding star for Mt Buller skiers and snowboarders this season.”

Pop into the Mercedes-Benz Star Lodge this weekend and see it for yourself!

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