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Black runs to try at Buller

Discussion in 'Mt Buller' started by skiersleft, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    Hey everyone, first post on here

    Just after some advice on black runs, I can ski all the blues quite comfortably and want to try some black runs out, what would you guys say would be some "entry level" blacks to progress? I will definitely keep going on the blues to improve and get better on them but am curious on what I should try after that.

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Start with anything groomed. Howqua, Men's Downhill etc.
     
  3. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    ah yep when does mens downhill start to get bumpy?? is it about as steep as howqua? ive seen howqua from the bottom and was going to be where i go next time
     
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    2ndeffort Hard Yards

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    If you are after steep, top half of Wood Run is groomed at the moment, felt steep and fast 2 days ago.
     
  6. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    Can men's be icy early on?
    might give it a go if its groomed, looks gnarly from the bottom!!
     
  7. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a dream Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, both Men's and Wood Run can be icey early
     
  8. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    :confused::confused:
     
  9. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a dream Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just try it on a warm sunny afternoon. Or just after a snowfall.
     
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  10. djam

    djam One of Us

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    summit black is an easy black most days
     
  11. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    yeah sounds like the plan, will just scope it for mogulness
    looks steep!! but if soft i guess I could tackle it?
     
  12. djam

    djam One of Us

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    start on Summit Blue, you can at least inspect it on the chair, before you ski it. Once
    at Mens, there are not many options, should you feel you not ready to ski Mens.
     
  13. jez01

    jez01 Early Days

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    thats a good point, getting stuck on mens looks scary
     
  14. DbSki

    DbSki Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    All the south side runs will be icy in the morning by nature of the way they face so just stay in north side runs till mid day.
     
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  15. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    i might give it a scout on a morning when its been relatively warm overnight, see how it is
    might start with howqua and summit, dam run and cow camp if its groomed thanks for the tips everyone!
     
  16. MickM

    MickM One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Talk to people on the chairlift too. Most are more than happy to share where they have been and whether it has been groomed, icy, good etc
     
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    DbSki Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You don't want to head down Cow Camp or Dam Run unless you first confirm they are groomed, as Mick said ask people on the chair if they have been down it.
    Start your day on Summit Slide / Boggy Creek, it gets the first sun to soften up and if it warm at night you want to get at it early.
    If you come up via Northside just take the trail under Bonza chair direct to the bottom of Grimus Chair / Boggy T.

    Do a few laps there and then check out summit and howqua about 10AM once the sun has been on it a little while.
    To test if southside is soft enough go down Wombat / LBS, if it is softening down there then the rest of south side is OK, if its still icy down there then the rest of south side is too.
    That will give you time to ask around about Cow Camp and Dam Runs to see if they are groomed, if they are and southside is icy then you can head to them from top of Wombat.
     
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  18. skiersleft

    skiersleft Early Days

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    will do, yeah the people ive seen around seem very friendly!
    this sounds like a good day trip plan outline thanks for that, ive skiied boggy creek area a couple of times and really like it

    speaking of boggy creek, anyone have a prediction when the runs that aren't always open will start to close this season once the snow depth starts to decline??
     
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  19. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Buller app also tells you which runs have been groomed or not.
     
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