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So, when city based skiers began looking for somewhere closer to Melbourne than ski destinations in north eastern Victoria or Gippsland, Donna Buang was exactly what they were looking for.The top car park on the mountain at the Ten Mile Turntable was only 96 kilometres from the city on the roads of the time and those without cars could catch a train to Warburton and either walk or hire a ‘service car’ to take them up the mountain.To boost winter business she imported Norwegian skis and guests began to use them.
Today Mt Donna Buang is a snow play destination with a lookout tower and a couple of nondescript buildings.
The only negative was that at 1250 metres, Donna was not high enough to guarantee reliable snow cover through the ski season, although in good years the snow was excellent; 15 consecutive weeks in 1929 and 17 consecutive ‘skiable weekends’ in 1943.
Interest in skiing on Donna Buang began when the president of the Warburton Progress Association took the initiative to invite some skiers to inspect the mountain on 29 June 1924.
Mt Donna Buang overlooks the town of Warburton in the Yarra Valley.
Only 63 kilometres in a direct line from the centre of Melbourne, it was a popular ski resort from the late 1920s until the early 1950s.
They also reported that the newly built ski run was far too narrow to be safe.‘..snow was lightly packed, but after a few runs over the same tracks the pace was much accelerated. On the other hand, to get to the snow means an ascent from Warburton of 3,000 feet along either a well graded road (12 miles) or a very steep bridle track (4 miles).