With over 300 hectares of rideable terrain, Mt Buller has something to appeal to all levels of shredding ability. The runs range from the wide beginner’s slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur, to challenging black runs like Ridge Run and Fanny’s Finish accessed through the Summit Chair.
- Access: Fly into Melbourne or Albury, take the Hume Hwy to Mansfield via Yea, then on to Mt Buller. A number of coach services are also available during the snow season, running 7 days from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
- Season: Early June to early September.
- Number of Lifts: 22 with 13 chairs and 4 T-bars.
- Lift ticket prices: AUD $129-1 day pass; $253-2 day; $354-3 day; $450-4 day; $520-5 day; $558-6 day; $579-7 day. Kids under 5 and Seniors over 70 ride for $5 a day. Seniors over 65 get a discounted rate.
- Park Facilities: 3 Parks – Koflers for beginners, Skyline for progression and Summit Slopestyle. Rider X (boardercross).
- Top Features: Ride in/ride out accommodation; largest resort village in Australia, Twilight Sessions from 5pm to 8.30pm for $23.
- Events: The Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam – Australia’s most spectacular rail event; Mt Buller Slopestyle and King of the Mountain, both held on 12th Aug 2017.
The mountain is split into a Northern and Southern aspect. The Northern slopes are open and feature nice rolling slopes and some cruise tree runs through mid mountain down onto the mellow Cattleman’s Trail. This will take you all the way down to the car park. The Southern slopes offer some more challenging terrain. You will find cool chutes accessible around Federation, as well as some steeper tree action off the Wombat chair. There is at least a day worth of fun riding from the summit down the ridge line through the park and into the trees on the far side down to the Wombat chair.
Take your snowboarding to the next level
There are three “Frank” terrain parks spread across the mountain. Koflers Park is for boarders just learning freestyle tricks. It has a series of rollers, small jumps, ride on boxes and small ollie on rails. It provides the perfect transition to help you gain the skills and confidence you’ll need to take your snowboarding to the next level. Skyline Park is your progressive park. Boasting a jump line on the left and over 10 hits per lap, this is where you can really grow your bag of tricks. Get creative and let your riding do the talking. Summit Park is Mt Buller’s highest level park. Set up as a full slopestyle course, it has a few longer rails to start leading into some serious booters. Go big, then go home.
Just off the top of the Skyline T-Bar to your left you will find the RiderX course. Here you can race your friends and test your skills on a series of jumps, rollers and banked turns.
The resort is 248km (about 3hrs drive) from Melbourne via Mansfield, which makes it perfect for day trips. Mansfield is the last stop for food, fuel and snowchains before Buller. There is no fuel available on the mountain, so make sure you “fill ‘er up”. Buller’s proximity also makes it really popular for weekends away and school holidays. As a result, it can get super busy during these times.
Mt Buller has Australia’s largest Resort Village
The Resort boasts the largest village of all the Australian ski fields and you can ride right up to most of the cafes, restaurants and bars. This gives the quaint little snow-covered village a cool European vibe. It also has a Cinema, Supermarket, free WiFi, “free Willy” and a free shuttle service.
Ride up to the front door of the Snow Pony for a well earned beer or a signature cocktail by the open fire. They have a sophisticated wine list and the interior is a cool chalet style / wood store / snow cave mash up. The Apres Cafe and Bar in the Grand Mercure is another good place to stop for a quick bite and a drink. They also have a DJ playing on Wednesday nights. If you need some serious boarding fuel, Burger Haus burgers are the bomb! Try the “Spicy Afterburner”. For your caffeine fix, try the coffee at Grimas Grind. If you’re on the mountain, Powder Bar is a cosy spot for a quick coffee and a shot of Dutch courage. Off Piste Bar in the Alpine Retreat is great for Apres drinks. They have Happy Hours 5-7pm, live music on Tuesdays and Saturdays and an Open Mic Night Thursdays.
If you’re still looking for something to do after a hard day of shred, Mt Buller has a luxurious alpine spa retreat, the Breathtaker On High . Or you could book a sled dog tour and give your legs a break.
There is so much to do at Mt Buller, both on and off the snow, that you’ll be spoilt for choice.