Mt Buller Ski Report - 25/26 August 2012

Mt Buller - Little Buller Spur - 25 August
We made our way up to Mount Buller for the first time this snow season on the weekend of 25 and 26 August.

Its no secret that Buller has sadly struggled this year while Falls Creek and Mt Hotham have had bumper snowfalls.

A lot of the weather systems this year have dropped snow but only to higher altitudes, and Buller missed out on a number of opportunities and got rain instead.

A few stronger weather systems over the past few weeks have really kicked off Mt Buller's season. More lifts started turning and lots more runs were available away from the snowmaking areas, i.e. natural snow cover.

Mt Buller - View from Summit Chair - 26 August

We stayed for the weekend in a cottage near Mansfield overlooking part of the Eildon lakes with views around the surrounding countryside. The lovely cottages at Burnt Creek Cottages are pretty special to come back to with the fire roaring and the huge spa bubbling while your dinner is cooking away.

I love a log fire and got to work getting that going in the evenings! At only a bit over two hours from Essendon the comparatively short drive made a nice change from the drive up to Hotham.

Saturday was fairly cloudy and there was a little drizzle around early, but it cleared later. Sunday was a lovely, sunny day.

We were keen to check out the new Bonza Chair to see what the lift's installation has done to the Burnt Hut area.

While there is no new terrain there, the realignment has made it easier to see the lines and runs that can be taken through the trees in the Telecom area. Quite a lot of different ways down can be taken, even by starting out at the top of Chalet Creek. Good fun!

The Summit was pretty icy in the mornings, but Standard and Wombat were a good place to start each day. As the mountain softened up, people would move to different areas, with Wood Run being very popular.

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