Mt Buller Snow Report

5:30pm - 22 Jul 2018       
Lifts Open 0 of 22
Snowfall (Last 24hrs) 0 cm
Snow Depth (Natural) 73 cm
Weather: Partly cloudy... Forecast Max 0°c

Forecast

A partly cloudy day today and light winds, from tomorrow we should see snow falling once again through into Tuesday and the winds will pick up again as well. Temps should get down to around -5 making for very chilly conditions. Snowmaking was in full swing last night with temps dropping down to -4.2 degrees so you should find a nice little layer of snow on top of a deep snow base of over 70cm of natural snow. NOTE: Average snow depths and gauge measurements are adjusted by Ski Patrol at approx 9am daily.  

Conditions

With a huge amount of fresh snow over the last few days there's still some pow to find off to the side of some of our most popular runs like Standard, Shakey Knees and Family Run. All lifts are operating across the mounatin so why not see how many you can ride in one day. Cover is rated as Very Good from our Ski Patrol team and plenty of grooming was in action overnight. The terrain parks at Skyline and Koflers have a great selection of features for all of you to enjoy, so get out there and enjoy these amazing conditions. Twilight Session TONIGHT! Skiing and snowplay til 8:30pm on Bourke Street run.

Road Condition

Open - ice patches

Weather

Overnight Min-4.2 °C
Wind19-24km/h N
VisibilityMedium
PrecipitationNA
Cloud CoverCloud Increasing

Conditions

Snow CoverFresh cover on a firm base
Surface ConditionFirm Packed
SnowmakingIn Progress
Grooming Summary

Snow Depths

Snow Depth: Natural73cm
Snow Depth: Snowmaking92cm
Snow Depth: Family Run90cm
Snow Depth: Tirol65cm
Snow Depth: Boggy Creek65cm

Snowfall History

22 Jul 201816cm
21 Jul 201816cm
20 Jul 201815cm

Resort Features

Toboggan Run1
Half Pipe0
Terrain Park1

Cross Country Trails

Good X-C on groomed trails - Both styles

Day Visitor Wheel Chains

2WD vehicles ARE required to carry chains.4WD/AWD vehicles are not required to carry chains.All Overnight vehicles ARE required to carry chains.

Announcements

All lifts are open across the resort today and with a partly cloudy day on the cards it should be a wonderful day out there. We have a Twilight Session tonight so you'll have extra time on the snow with skiing and snowplay until 8.30pm!  Arrive early and book resort entry online to save 20% and secure a park.
Blue Bullet Express (Quad)
Boggy Creek (T-bar)
Bonza (Quad)
Bourke Street Carpet (Carpet)
Bull Run (Quad)
Canyon Tows (Rope)
Cattleman's Carpets (Carpet)
Federation (Triple)
Gliders Carpet (Carpet)
Grimus (Triple)
Happy Feet Carpet (Carpet)
Howqua (Quad)
Koflers (T-bar)
Lydia Lassila Chairlift (Double)
Mercedes-Benz (6 Seat)
Northside Express (Quad)
Skyline (T-bar)
South Side (Quad)
Summit (Quad)
The Fox (Quad)
Tirol (T-bar)
Wombat (Quad)
Run Status Grooming Snowmaking

Baldy

Baldy

Bourke Street

Bourke St

Little Buller Spur

Whiskey Creek
Robin's
Powder Keg
Outer Edge
Zwier's Zig Zag
Boomerang
Cross Cut
Wombat Valley
Wombat
Little Buller Spur - top
Family Run

North Side

Boggy Creek
Shakey Knees
Burnt Hut
Cattleman's Trail
Telecom
Tirol

South Side

Rough Cut
Yurredla
Whiskey Creek Trail
Standard
Chamois
Boulders
Federation - upper
Sun Valley
Playground
Canyon Trail
Federation - lower
Men's Downhill

Summit

Fanny's Finish
Summit Black
Chute
Fast One
Summit Slide
Summit
Howqua
McLaughlin's Shoulder
SCV Hut Run
Slalom Gully

Snow Cams

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Sun Jul 22
Max 0°c
Partly cloudy.
Mon Jul 23
-5°c | 1°c
Late snow showers. Windy.
Tue Jul 24
-1°c | 2°c
Few snow showers. Windy.
Wed Jul 25
-1°c | 1°c
Cloudy.
Thu Jul 26
-2°c | 3°c
Partly cloudy.
Fri Jul 27
-1°c | 4°c
Shower or two.
Sat Jul 28
0°c | 5°c
Snow shower or two.

Comments

GS
22/7/18 - 4:48pm
DbSki: They would only need to clear one lane in the middle of the one way road instead of both lanes up and down. If all vehicles traveled in the centre of the one way road they would not slide off due to the camber of the road to the sides.
The section of Track from Howqua Gap through to where the widened road/quarry is near the Buller Rd would cost a gazillion to bring up to a decent width and standard and being on the southern side would collect a lot of snow. Putting that money towards an aerial tramway for day trippers would make more sense I think. Could be quite a good summer attraction as well.
djam
22/7/18 - 2:40pm
It helps to put the chains on the driving wheels, I've seen many cars with them on the rear, of a front wheel drive vehicle. Another change that has concerned me, is now the lifts etc are open late, it puts more cars on the road on a Friday leaving the resort, while the huge amount arrive for the weekend. Many of the people arriving late in the day, will be the same leaving late, and have no snow driving skills at all.
22/7/18 - 12:04pm
snowtyres: Wheel chains fitted to the rear wheels will increase traction for take off and driving but can not assist with steering or lateral stability. Because of inadequate grip on the front tyres the vehicle will not ‘turn in’, it will understeer and when braking the ABS system will be activated, further increasing the stopping distance. The problems are always worse when driving down hill than up hill and is compounded by the camber of the road, the weight and torque of the vehicle and the amount of tread on the tyre. The problem is worse when the vehicle has been parked at the resort because of the low ambient temperature makes the tyres harder and therefore has even less grip.
They may not help on understeer but they help the rear from passing the front. Most of the problems are purely poor driving skill and inexperience, Once again Saturday I saw people fit chains on a dry road just pass the gate and more up at the gnomes, Buller really does little to educate the day trippers on what to do and when to do it, a simple on line video would help along with an up to date hourly road report and some signs.
rime noreason
22/7/18 - 11:23am
Snow is skiing brilliantly, better than I expected. It's not icy at all. I assume it was so cold last night that no melt refreeze happening. It's cold today lightest breeze. Wombat bowl this morning, now lunch, then Southside here I come
snowtyres
22/7/18 - 10:51am
TheFake: I think the big problem on Friday - cars and utes with just ladder chains would just have the front slide around on them. It looked like most of the buses had similar problems, the fronts just slid across the road.
Wheel chains fitted to the rear wheels will increase traction for take off and driving but can not assist with steering or lateral stability. Because of inadequate grip on the front tyres the vehicle will not ‘turn in’, it will understeer and when braking the ABS system will be activated, further increasing the stopping distance. The problems are always worse when driving down hill than up hill and is compounded by the camber of the road, the weight and torque of the vehicle and the amount of tread on the tyre. The problem is worse when the vehicle has been parked at the resort because of the low ambient temperature makes the tyres harder and therefore has even less grip.
DbSki
22/7/18 - 9:56am
wolly: then 2 roads would be a shit fight..... they cannot clear one road
They would only need to clear one lane in the middle of the one way road instead of both lanes up and down. If all vehicles traveled in the centre of the one way road they would not slide off due to the camber of the road to the sides.
22/7/18 - 9:38am
I think the big problem on Friday was that a lot of the "snow" fell as small grains of hail, which refroze into a 2-3cm layer of solid ice. It didn't feel too bad driving with chains and aggressive all terrains in a big heavy 4wd, bit the tiny cars and utes with just ladder chains would just have the front slide around on them. It looked like most of the buses had similar problems, the fronts just slid across the road.
djam
22/7/18 - 8:15am
It could also be that the drivers in the opposite direction are in the middle of the road, which I'd say accounts for more then half. Leaving bugger all for a bus which in some parts of the road needs every bit of their lane plus a tad.
snowgum
21/7/18 - 10:48pm
Rush: I expect that at Hotham, not at Buller.
I wonder if standards have slipped for licensing bus drivers? Or is the Buller road really that treacherous in ice/snow? Fwiw: I witnessed a Mansfield bound bus stuck in a ditch near the chain bay ~ 1100m near the end of Snowmageddon #2 last year. It was snowy but nothing nothing like the Hotham Road descent/climb in a blizzard. This bus was stopping everyone heading down the hill~ 4 p.m on a Sunday. Not pretty. Uphill was ok so great for us. So I wonder whether drivers take the combined camber/ice effect to lightly on some of the inside corners. At least it's not like going over the outside at Hotham. Thoughts anyone??
Jellybeans1000
21/7/18 - 10:47pm
Rush: I wouldn't count on it (i.e. snow all through August). El Nino looks increasingly likely. I'd get your turns in now.
I never do. Probably will affect Spring more than next month though. Not a big fan of that school of thought either.
21/7/18 - 10:23pm
Jellybeans1000: I hope it does the same this year. Next weekend could be nice.
I wouldn't count on it (i.e. snow all through August). El Nino looks increasingly likely. I'd get your turns in now.
21/7/18 - 10:20pm
TheFake: Snow was absolutely brilliant today, but day was kinda spoiled by it taking around 4 hours to get back to Mansfield. There were at least 3 buses in the ditch, and probably around 11-12 cars by the time we came down. I feel really sorry for the people stuck waiting at Merimba to head up the mountain, they had a long night ahead of them.
I expect that at Hotham, not at Buller.
rime noreason
21/7/18 - 10:03pm
Beautiful photos Friday & Saturday made up for Wednesday . For a week before I had been contemplating a trip for Wednesday but pulled the plug late Tuesday. When I saw the cams and read your post I was glad I'd made the right call. But I did envy you on Friday. I had a function Friday so couldn't get there. I'm going up early tomorrow picking throuugh the leftovers and staying overnight but have to leave early Monday afternoon for a concert that night (Bluddy inconsiderate of Pink to schedule her gigs in the middle of winter :p). I'll be a party of one so if anyone needs a lift or wants to share a run or two, PM me.
Jellybeans1000
21/7/18 - 9:11pm
SkiMun: Can't see anything like that for at least 2 weeks. Doesn't have to be rain though, get a nice warm strong northerly for 3 daysdays some brown desert dust on top of the snow and you could easily lose 50cm+....happened before! Hopefully not this season.
Indeed. Maybe a bit of rain on Friday into Saturday, but will wait for that to firm up a little more.
21/7/18 - 9:00pm
Jellybeans1000: At this rate, we could get to that level. But beware the out of nowhere rain event.
Can't see anything like that for at least 2 weeks. Doesn't have to be rain though, get a nice warm strong northerly for 3 daysdays some brown desert dust on top of the snow and you could easily lose 50cm+....happened before! Hopefully not this season.
absentskier
21/7/18 - 8:36pm
Max29057:
Beautiful day and amazing skiing today! Especially in the morning!! Will post more soon!
Great snaps. Looks very nice indeed.
Jellybeans1000
21/7/18 - 8:33pm
CarveMan: Things are looking pretty bloody good, but last year it snowed for the whole month of August pretty much.
I hope it does the same this year. Next weekend could be nice.
CarveMan
21/7/18 - 8:24pm
Max29057:
Beautiful day and amazing skiing today! Especially in the morning!! Will post more soon!
Well done you did a better job than me, my crew won’t stop for photos!
CarveMan
21/7/18 - 8:24pm
Jellybeans1000: At this rate, we could get to that level. But beware the out of nowhere rain event.
Things are looking pretty bloody good, but last year it snowed for the whole month of August pretty much.
kimberlee81
21/7/18 - 7:50pm
wolly: ...little own two
Voice-to-text seems to have let you down. :)

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