Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith visited Mount Buller Alpine Resort to open a new heated pedestrian pathway which provides safe access to the ski school, accommodation sites and other amenities year-round over the weekend.
Mr Smith said the pathway was a great asset for the mountain.
"This new pathway will make it easier for visitors to get around the resort, visit the local businesses and enjoy everything Mt Buller has to offer," Mr Smith said.
"The resort's draft master plan identified construction and landscaping of Athlete's Walk as one of the first projects to be undertaken as part of the upgrade of Mt Buller village.
"This is an important initiative which will help Mt Buller continue to provide great alpine experiences for visitors.
"I congratulate all involved in delivering this project, in particular the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board and Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management.
"It is exciting to see the clear vision and direction for development outlined in the resort master plan being realised, and to see so many visitors enjoying the great conditions and making use of the village facilities," Mr Smith said.
The plan was developed through extensive community and stakeholder engagement and maps out directions for the resort for the next 20 years. It focuses work on four areas: improving visitor access and amenities; growing commercial and activity offerings; enhancing the interface between the village and other parts of the resorts; and developing infrastructure to support the resort's success well into the future.
Several key projects from Stage 1 of the resort master plan were completed before the start of the 2012 snow season, including heating and landscaping of Black Forest Walk and upgrades to the resort reception and interpretive centre at Alpine Central. Buller Ski Lifts has also delivered projects in the Ski Area Master Plan including $1 million in snowmaking upgrades.
The recent upgrades to Athlete's Walk are also from Stage 1 of the plan. The walk itself is on the site of the old Summit Road which had been reclaimed and redesigned after the new Summit Road was constructed in 1997.