About michael

A family member of Opal since 1979, I became a full member in the late 80's and joined the committee in the early 90's. I became President in 2004.

Opal History Book

IMG_2624SKI CLUB 1962-2012

The first printed copy of 50 years of Opal Ski Club was launched at the pre-season dinner on the 8th May 2015 and orders taken on the night.

 This historical document is unique content of exceptional value and is
now available in a glossy, colour, hard cover format.
This is a ONE-OFF print run
at a special price of just $120 per copy

Order your printed copies NOW! 

If you have not already placed your order, please submit the following information
to Cate Clarkecate.c48@gmail.com

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Storm damage clean-up weekend

It’s Saturday afternoon on 19 November and our work party is officially washed-out for the day. The main aim for this weekend was to clear out all the damaged timber from the storms that hit Mt Buller last winter. Leading the team on chainsaws were john S and Marshall, with Johnny B, David S, Chris B and Mike M dragging all the dead wood and branches away from the lodge. This has now become an annual event to ensure the lodge is bushfire safe before the coming summer. Cate, Nicky and Erica also helped out with the clearing around the lodge as well as sorting out general lodge supplies in anticipation of the renovation clearout in a few weeks time. Clarkie’s been sorting out the blocked vacuum system (so there’s a good chance it’ll never work again) and with a support team of four others, has been able to remove some of the fluff build up which was causing all the grief.

The plan for Sunday is to continue felling the broken branches and rid the lodge of the petrified marsupials who seem to have perished from hunger since the lodge has been un-occupied over the last few weeks.

Great news on the renovations front!

Word has it that we now have plans in place for the renovation of the bathrooms at the lodge. “Well overdue” you might well say! Even better news is that based on such a good winter season this year (well done members and guests for using the lodge so much over winter) and our terrific history with the bank, we may even get support for the funds to carry out the work this summer.

2011 Opal Club weekend

2011 Opal ski tealHi Members

This years club weekend was sensational and featured the club race on the summit on Saturday which featured some brilliant skiing. David S managed to film the whole event which you can view on our utube channel at; 2011 Ski Race on Summit Mt Buller

Look out for Chris B’s fastest run of the day and a specky from Chris S who was well on the way to a big win until the big wipout. Way to go Chris!!! I’m sure we’ll see you back in the starting gates next year mate.


Solomon SX81 ski boots

Finally we have a place where I can share some of my pre-loved ski gear. I have a pair of mens ski boots which are still in good condition (they have lots of scratches and marks but nothing’s broken), just needing a new life so they’re free to a good home. These are old but still work and would be ideal for a novice skier or beginner.

They are Solomon SX81 rear entry, size 9 1/2 (345), fully adjustable and are very comfortable. They have been well cared for and have a great history, helping me win a couple of club championships over the years – perhaps they can do the same for you. If you’re interested, please drop me a line at  michael@disegno.com.au Cheers Michael.

2011 Opal club weekend dinner

This year’s theme for the club dinner was inspired by the Buller Summer School Guy Grossi Cooking Class which some of our members went to earlier this year. They spent the morning with Guy and his team as he demonstrated some of his superb culinary skills while they enjoyed more than a few glasses of wine. (All this while the rest of us were busy doing a work party). While staggering back to the lodge they forged the perfect excuse by hatching a plan for an italian theme for this year’s annual club dinner.

The menu was loosely based on a couple of Guy Grossi recipes and presented on an authentic menu card – we even had place mats featuring cities of Italy. Here’s the menu we enjoyed.

Assaggini Antipasto – traditional Italian tastes, cured meats, pickled seafood, marinated vegetables and formaggio

Penne con vitello e porcini Penne with veal and porcini mushrooms

Risotto con funghi Mushroom risotto

Insalate – Ruchetta selvatica Wild rocket with shaved parmigiano and balsamic vinegar

Dolce – Tiramsui Torte Caprese al Limone Torta di mele alla panna