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It was very much an exploratory trip with the group working out the best route up the mountain, the best method of carrying skis on a pack horse and assessing the best places to ski.
The evolutions performed in trying to control speed on a steep slide which owing to fallen timber and tree stumps narrowed to three feet in places, provided comedy for a number of pedestrians who appeared on the scene. Carrying skis up the Short Track is not recommended and the condition of the road is often such that it is impassable to cars beyond Cement Creek...The probable locations of six ski runs in 1938 are shown in green. The first ski run was built over the summer of 1924 - 1925 by the Warburton Progress Association.Initially it was short and narrow, just 130 metres long and 2½ metres wide, but by 1926 the Ski Slide had been widened to 20 metres by the local tourist committee and in February 1929 it was widened to 40 metres.In subsequent years the Slide was renamed the Main Run as more ski runs were cut through the forest.It was further extended and widened in March 1934 and April 1951.* The oldest known ski clubs in Victoria are: Composite map showing early roads and tracks in bright purple superimposed on a modern map with roads in dull orange and modern walking tracks in grey.
The probable locations of six ski runs in 1938 are shown in green. Composite map showing early roads and tracks in bright purple superimposed on a modern map with roads in dull orange and modern walking tracks in grey.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.However, the snow cover was erratic and after the Second World War better transport meant it lost out to resorts with reliable snow further from Melbourne.Today Mt Donna Buang is a snow play destination with a lookout tower and a couple of nondescript buildings.Fire, war and the decline of skiing on Donna Buang - Fire and war - After the war7. While a few tourists tried skiing as a novelty, it was never a popular recreation.