The Mt Buller community is today celebrating the life and mourning the passing of mountain pioneer and legend Hans Grimus, aged 78.
Hans, owner of Mt Buller institution Hotel Pension Grimus, played a formative role in Mt Buller’s development and contributed widely to the resort and the community.
Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management CEO Mark Bennetts said today, ‘We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Hans. He was a larger than life character who shaped the development of Mt Buller for many decades. Our thoughts are with Lotte, Oliver, Hannes and Anton at this time.’
‘Hans was a greatly loved member of the Mt Buller community, and respected throughout the ski and wider tourism industry. He had a reputation as an impeccable host, an astute businessman, as well as being the life of any party’.
Laurie Blampied, General Manager, Buller Ski Lifts remembered Hans as a vital part of the fabric of Mt Buller, with a true spirit of ingenuity and pioneering.
‘Hans spent almost 50 years living and working on Mt Buller and was instrumental in the development of the lifting infrastructure on the mountain. Hans has left a legacy that will be remembered for many years to come.’
‘We will miss Hans, he was a generous entertainer and a great friend to many.’
Hans is survived by his wife, Lotte and sons Oliver, Hannes and Anton.