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MT BULLER

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Mt Buller, VICTORIA , AUSTRALIA is the closest ski and snowboard resort to Melbourne with challenging terrain and breathtaking views.

Mt Buller Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The terrain at Mt Buller ranges from challenging mogul runs, fast steep chutes, heavily treed terrain to winding intermediate groomed tree lined cruisers and gentle wide beginner trails.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

In good snow conditions advanced skiers and snowboarders have a lot of terrain available to them at Mt Buller.

Accessed via the Summit Chairlift Fannys Finish and the Fast One are the steepest and most challenging chutes on the mountain pushing skiers and snowboarders to the limit. From the top of the Summit turn right and head past the top of the Grimus Chairlift for some ungroomed powder on Ridge Run.

Snowboarding the trees Mt Buller

fresh powder amongst the Wooly Buts © Mt Buller

Federation is one of the most well known advanced runs at Mt Buller it is long, steep and littered with moguls. There is an added pressure to ski or snowboard the moguls really well with the chairlift running directly up the middle, you have an audience from top to bottom who are known to give a score from 1 to 10 for any slip ups and crashes! Bloody Hell is a short challenging mogul covered trail branching off the intermediate trail Little Buller Spur leading down to the base of the Federation Chairlift.

Powder hunters should head to the ungroomed Powder Keg which is accessed from the top of Family Run. It enables access to ungroomed treed areas eventually ending up at the base of the Wombat Chairlift.

The Bull Run Bowl is probably the most challenging area of the entire mountain with large moguls on the steep Sun Valley, Wood Run and Plug Hole.

For tree skiing and snowboarding head to Cow Camp and Village Run both serviced by the Tirol T-Bar.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders love Mt Buller as they are very well catered for. The long and wide groomed cruising runs like Little Buller Spur, Wombat, Family Run and Standard are particular favourites.  All the trails are groomed nightly and whilst they can be busy on weekends an efficient lift system ensures no big queues at the bottom of the major runs.

The upper summit terrain has fast trails branching off on both sides of the chairlift with Summit Slide a particular highlight for its long length.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

The main beginner run at Mt Buller is Bourke Street, it is gentle sloping wide and home of the Mt Buller Ski and Snowboard Schools.

In 2008 Australia's first six seater high speed chairlift, the Holden Chairlift replaced the old ABOM and Blue Bullet Chairlifts on Mt Buller’s Bourke Street.   The new lift carries 3,200 passengers an hour covering the 1,100 meter distance from Helicopter Flat to the top of Baldy in just 3.7 minutes. Removal of the old Blue Bullet 2 Chairlift has greatly widened the skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Baldy area.

The Ski and Snowboard School have lessons for all ages and ability held by experienced and professional instructors. They have a Discover Program for first timers which concentrate on basic skills like stopping and turning as well as children’s lessons from ages 3 and up, group lessons, private lessons and specialty clinics run throughout the year.

Burnt Hut is a beginner run which services mainly day trippers to Mt Buller, who arrive on the day tripper chairlift, the Horse Hill Access Chairlift. The Mt Buller Ski and Snowboard School also has a meeting point there.

Day Trips to Mt Buller

Mt Buller receives thousands of day trippers throughout the winter season.  The Horse Hill Chairlift operates from the Horse Hill car park located ¾ of the way up the mountain giving direct access to the slopes.  Ski tickets can be purchased at the base of the chairlift and ski and snowboard hire is available in the Burnt Hut day lodge at the top of the chairlift.

Mt Buller Night Skiing and Snowboarding

Every Wednesday night and Saturday night Bourke Street is illuminated from 7pm until 10pm for night skiing and snowboarding.  It’s popular with the young kids and generally not too crowded.

Mt Buller Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Mt Buller has a terrain park located on the summit with a variety of kickers, and jumps; a separate rail park is located on Blady while the well maintained halfpipe is located at the top of the Bull Run Chairlift.

The World Cup Aerials Championships are held at Mt Buller every year causing an international sensation as the best aerial champions from around the world gather to compete.

Other Activities at Mt Buller

Some of the many activities available at Mt Buller off the skis include guided snowshoe tours, telemarking, tobogganing, snow tubing, cross country skiing and scenic chairlift rides.

In the village the La Trobe University Campus has a climbing wall, indoor badminton courts and even a cinema. The Breathtaker Spa and Retreat offers massages, facial and beauty treatments. more Mount Buller Activities

Shopping at Mt Buller

A small selection of shops are scattered throughout the picturesque village at Mt Buller. There are ski and snowboard equipment and hire stores, fashion boutiques and a supermarket and liquor store.

Mt Buller Restaurants

The evenings are always busy at Mt Buller with a wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from.  Kaptans at Pension Grimus is Mt Buller’s most famous restaurant with delicious Austrian food and excellent service. The owner Hans Grimus is a local identity who likes to chat to diners and if he takes a special liking to them offers a sample of his finest snuff tobacco - just be ready for it, it has a powerful kick!

Uncle Pat’s is a great family restaurant serving inexpensive pizza, pasta and Asian cuisine with a welcoming atmosphere. For a quick bite the Pancake Parlour can’t be missed serving every type of pancake imaginable.

Mt Buller Nightlife

The nightlife at Mt Buller is almost as great as the skiing and snowboarding! The Kooroora Hotel attracts hundreds of party goers each night wanting to drink and dance the night away. They have regular live bands playing as well as DJs and themed nights throughout the season. The Arlberg Hotel is Kooroora’s biggest competition with similar nightlife. Throughout the week Kooroora and the Arlberg take it in turns with the big crowds alternating from one to the other.

For a quieter night many of the hotels have small cosy bars with great cocktails. The Loft at Breathtaker has comfortable large leather couches and a happy hour each night while the Moosehead Tapas Bar at the Abom has an open fireplace and an extensive international wine list.

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Robin Lee, Australia. Mt Buller is great because it is so close to Melbourne. The major drawback is that is gets very crowded at the weekends and unless there is heaps of snow and all the lifts are running, you can spend a lot of time queuing. When there is plenty of snow, the runs are terrific - Bull run and Federation areas especially. Wombat and Little Buller Spur are wonderful for intermediate skiers and the lifts can handle quite big crowds. If you can manage to ski at Buller midweek, you can go all over the mountain and have a wonderful time.

C. Young, Australia. I have always been a "Buller" gal! My family are all members of a lodge and from a very young age I have always spent a couple of weeks at Buller every winter holidays. It has changed a lot over the past 25 years. It used to be owned by 2 separate lift companies, known affectionally as "blue" and "orange". We always skied blue, and I didn't even though there was a summit (which was owned by orange) until the companies merged and became one!!!! Since then the snowmaking, the new lifts, the new lodges and hotels have really put Mt Buller on top of the list for Australian skiing. Ok, about the skiing now;- the best area on the mountain has to be the Bull Run, Wood run and Standard area, you can pick your way down through the moguls, cruise down the groomed Standard, or get some air off the Bluff. It's also sheltered on a typical cold windy Buller day, at least until the chair lift gets to the top and you have the 45 second dash across the windiest run in the world - Skyline!! Federation is also great if you want enormous moguls and to be watched by those on the chairlift. Little Buller Spur has been ruined by adding the Wombat run next to it, you can't ski right down to the bottom of the chair anymore and it's always packed with lessons and beginners. The Summit is a fast groomed run, you can whip up and down really quickly. The Boggy Creek area would have to be one of the most challenging, you can go off piste and find some deep snow and good trees to tackle. For kids and beginners the ski school is great, the famous Bourke street is where everyone spends the day on there bums and loves it! Now for the downside; be prepared because after a good snowfall management will not open the entire mountain until the weekend, they would rather still charge midweek visitors full price and close the best areas saving them for the crowds on the weekends. If they are going to save the best areas for the weekend WHY do they still charge full price and only offer half the mountain to ski on, I think it is a real scam. One last thing, why why why did they change hands at Koflers, it used to be famous for the delicious hot chocolate and gourmet food, then last year when I went in for lunch absolutely staving I ordered a ham and cheese croissant and a hot chocolate and it was slop, what a disappointment! Back to the good things - Off the runs the apres skier must have drinks at the Loft bar at Breathtaker, they have a happy hour when you can get cocktails at half price! For those waning fine dining and top standard food go to Pension Grimus for a truly european experience, just watch out for the owner Hans and his snuff box!!! After dinner party on at Kooroora, they have DJs or a live band every night and 'everyone' goes there.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
5,919
1,804
Base
5,249
1,600
Average Snowfall
59 inches
Lifts
25
Trails - view map
80
80 km
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
45
beginner
25
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
2
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