Another Buller help thread. (from NSW)

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  1. Ultra

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    i plan on visiting Buller for the first time ever, i have skied Perisher, Thredbo and Selwyn for decades, and decided i need to explore a little more, so im looking for on mountain accommodation at Buller, the cheaper the better obviously, any tips in that department? also, whats the procedure for overnight parking? is there an over-snow transport like perisher has operating?
    oh, and is there any deal with Chains? my car is a 4wd SUV.
    thanks in advance.

    Update, Accom secured at Abom Hotel..
     
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    Shouldn't be too hard to get a bed for not a whole lot in September. Cheapest is Buller Backpackers but you will get what you pay for there. A few club lodges out there with reasonable rates & online booking like Neringa which @mx_boarder uses a bit. Quite a few friends of mine are members at Gliss, it's a fantastic location, ski-in-ski-out.

    Overnight parking is a PITA unfortunately, you will need to pay (lots) for gate entry and then (lots) more for oversnow to your accomm. All overnight cars need to bring chains

    Good news is that the snow is stellar and if we get the next fall that is being predicted it will be just superb.

    If you're going to be in Melbourne stop by my shop as I have some B-Tags to give away, means you can load your lift ticket online and avoid the ticket office.
     
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    I've stayed at Neringa over the decades. So has my sister. The Lithuanian ski club lodge. Good honest place.
     
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    Yep Oversnow costs way too much. Glad I don't have to use it....
    September is fairly quiet, so no queues.
    You very rarely fit chains to 4WD going up the mountain.
    Agree with @CarveMan, the snow will be amazing for Buller, particularly if the 50cm+ snowfall comes off. It's already extremely good. You'll have an awesome time.

    Trip Report and pics please.
     
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    Thanks for that, sadly we will be heading down direct from Sydney, so wont get a chance to drop in to Melb. is there anywhere in NSW that sells tix?

    i will hire chains from Syd before i leave.

    are the issues with overnight parking, a problem of actually finding a parking space, or a cost thing only? and is there a free bus service or anything running around the place?
     
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    Of all the years to drive down from Sydney to Buller, this is a good one.
     
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    In September you may even be able to see where you are going too.
     
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    Best place to pick up a ticket is Buller Sports in Mansfield then. Pretty sure you can pay for resort entry and oversnow there too.

    Parking and oversnow issues are strictly cost related. It's a slick operation but bring the lube. There is a free village shuttle bus.
     
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    You could always walk up the hill, but that requires a lot of time and effort.
    That would be if you are desperate not to take a taxi.
    It's $23 for one adult and two pieces of luggage + skis or board, one way.
     
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    Abom is very good accommodation and central.
    The parking and taxi is a pain that you just have to accept with the lube.
    Once in the village its quite easy to get around.
    Skiing will be as it good as it gets, so your timing is great. All runs should be open with a fresh cover.
    I will be there for the ABOM Mogul event this weekend which is spectacular to watch.
     
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    When did they restrict the luggage to 2 items + skis per person?
     
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    It's not restricted, you just have to pay more for any excess baggage beyond that. You get that allowance per person.
     
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    Presumably so you can't just send one person in the taxi with all the luggage, and have everyone else walk up or take the shuttle bus.
     
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    No rules against it. Pretty sure that's what everyone does do. Cheaper that way.
     
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    luggage restrictions do apply
     
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    do you have to walk to a day car park to get the shuttle bus? or does it run to the overnight car park as well?
     
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    Yes, you would need to walk to the shuttle bus. Just get the taxi straight from the car in the overnight carpark. Easiest option.
     
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    Yep, a bit of a walk.
     
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    It's a short walk, but the shuttle from the day car park to the bus forbids luggage, you could have a small backpack but that's it.
     
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    What's the cost for extra luggage?
     
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    8.50 per bag
     
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    Overnight parking is free in September I think so that is one saving.
     
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    Yep overnight parking is free in Sept.

    Easiest way to do it all is ONLINE. See the booking widget on www.mtbuller.com.au ? Buy everything there and a) you get a discount (resort entry and lift tickets) and b) you'll never have to join a lift ticket queue again. You purchase your B-Tag and they mail it to you - easy.

    CHEAPEST (not necessarily easiest) way to get to/from the carparks is to pack a large backpack, ski down to Chalet Creek, catch Northside Express up, and ski across to the village. Then on return you just ski down Fox Access trail, onto the Home Trail, and you're back at the carparks. See below with black arrows TO town, blue arrows FROM town.

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    Yes all good @daveclark but if Northside is not loading at chalet creek you are screwed. Also its a long walk to caravan corner from the home trail.
     
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    how long is the usual postage to Syd, trip starts next weekend, i was planning on buying tix in Mansfield on the way up.
     
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    I bought online and picked up from the ticket window at the Northside Express chair. I've tried to follow the 'go early' advice and there's been no queue at all there on 2/2 visits (the second time I picked up a piste map)
     
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    I have my own boots. Advice on ski hire please? I need to leave my apres boots there for the day and pick them up later.
     
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    Black Mountain equipment
     
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    Thanks - I think Ive used them before
     
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    thanks everyone for your help, and tips, very smooth, although expensive experience getting here and into accom...

    hired chains at Mansfield, after the place i hired from in Syd gave me the wrong size.... gotlift tix online and picked up at mansfield, wasnt impressed with the overnight parking fees and taxi fares.. not a fan of legislated monopolies..

    apart from that loving the village... dont realise just how hopeless perisher is until i got here, and went for walk down to the village.
     
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    I hope you didn't pay for parking...it should be free. But still need to pay gate entry.
     
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    Wait till you see the mountain, Buller's chairlifts go up, Perisher's just go forward!!

    Weather may not be the best though :(
     
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    gate entry included parking, which is the same price as entry, so assuming its free.

    yep, im impressed, loved the elevation changes off the summit.. down to grimace i think, and down to howqua, or however you pronounce it.
     
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    Only free in September. Usually have to pay a nightly charge of about $27 as well as the $50 gate entry. So was just checking you didn't pay that.
     
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    If you miss the perisher experience... There is always Bourke st.
    If the weather packs it in and viz is dire on the summit , and you want to move around..just listen for the lifts and follow your ears. Because you won't have a chance of seeing them.
    Now will one of you buller ocals take @Ultra around properly?