Snow on Buffalo

Title:
Snow on Buffalo
NFSA ID:
11494
Year:
1938
Courtesy:
Film Australia Collection
Category:
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This silent 1938 film from the cinema branch of the Australian Department of Commerce opens with a shot of Mount Buffalo Chalet. Built in 1910, it is the earliest surviving example of alpine ski accommodation in Australia.  

The clip then shows a busload of tourists arriving at Mt Buffalo, unloading their skis from the top of the bus. A ski instructor teaches students the basic techniques, including the 'snow plough'.

More advanced skiers are shown racing down the slopes, performing jumps and navigating between rocky outcrops.