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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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!