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Discussion in 'Mt Baw Baw' started by D-eye, Jan 30, 2017.
Hey all, I live in northern suburbs of Melbourne and I've just bought some new skis. I am keen to take of day off work for a mid-week day trip to test out my new hardware, and I was thinking of trying Baw Baw for the first time. I've skied Buller, Hotham and Falls before. Does Baw Baw make an ok day trip from Melbourne? Are there enough runs to keep me busy for a few hours?
Or should I just drive to Buller?
AS you live in the northern 'Burbs, it would be a bit of a toss-up. I live in the outer southeast suburbs so Baw Baw is a bit of a no brainer. Ever via the longer South face road route it is still only a couple of hours from my place. Compared to Buller, Baw Baw is small and if you are an intermediate/advanced skier you would possibly find BBs runs a bit short and perhaps not challenging enough. Having said that I love Baw Baw! Easy to get to, Nice cruise-y runs, cheap tow tickets and great scenery.
Thanks for the detailed response Oldie
Baw Baw would only be 30 mins closer to me than Buller, but I think it would be worth checking out mid week for a day, especially considering their lift passes are half the price of Buller. Although their resort car parking fee is pretty expensive!
Of course it goes without saying that you wouldn't consider going to Baw Baw unless it has a good cover of snow.
Of course! I would safe a tactical sick day for when the snow falls
Wicked Wednesdays are on again this year 35 dollar lift passes.
Claiming 1st turns and 1st TR for season '17...
So, having watched Streif and other great free Redbull TV content and hearing the news of snow late-ish yesterday morning, decided that Bawbs might have the best new snow and/or was the only one reachable from Melb for afternoon turns.
Headed up the hill complete with water, lunch, skins and AT rig and after the 1st run did some impromptu PR for Mt BB as seen in the last pic on Mountainwatch:
Whilst I did get some turns in...
the main enjoyment was being able to get out there and tour in MAY, get some excercise and try to build condition for the season proper. Took some happy snaps in the process:
The clouds parted very infrequently during the day but when they did some good views were on.
Great job Hermannator, Nice photos especially the mountain watch one! Looks like a pretty decent cover up there.
Always good to get an early season base grind. ;-)
Are they snow making up there?
No - they have nobody to run the snowmaking equipment.
According to their FB page, Baw Baw are opening the resort from tomorrow. No tows operating but xc trails, tobogganing and snow play.
So they can claim first resort open?
So it would seem. I just contacted them. No xc trails groomed, not officially open for skiing.
Gee they like to live on the edge Ol BB. It would certainly encourage me to spend my Lazy 50 or $60 on fuel if they take the trouble to groom XC trails. (And even pay the $50+ gate fee!)
Hear, hear. I would certainly visit them more often if only they gave the XC trails some attention as I quite like the trail network. Till then Stirling will get most of my patronage.
According to their Facebook page, there's no resort entry fee until 11 June. Am considering a XC ski tomorrow and will report back here if it comes off.
Apparently only a few centimeters on XC trails, not sufficient to groom at the moment without destroying what cover there is.
Went up to Bawbs for a recce on Sunday and could have easily skied the XC trails (had I taken my gear!), although nothing groomed. Noticed a few tracks here and there, so people taking advantage of the early snow. Photo taken looking down Playground.
There were rumours of overnight snow and the the cams showed something, but then, anyway I decided to head for Baw Baw. The website wanted a 2 night booking, but no lifts were running so that wasn't on. Drove up through drizzle, rain and a steady flow of log trucks. Destroying the old growth forest for an unsustainable industry. Good views of the brown coal power stations from Baw Baw. Drizzle in the car park had me thinking," 2 out of 3 ain't bad' but a quick recon through the village showed the trail to be quite skiable.
Trying to attach pics but failing. Very pleased I got up there as the snow up along the ridge was very nice, indeed. Rain affected down low, but nice for some turns on Playground, Summit, Champagne and Hut run.
Me again. Very good conditions at bb yesterday. Forgot the camera, though. Snow by the road from the turnoff and on the road for most of the way. Easy to ski from the car park to the bowl. No lifts running. 5-10 cm of really dry, great snow with full cover to the summit. Got some early turns on the playground, then summit and west wood, before cruising over to Maltese. Best skiing I can recall on there for a while. After lunch at the lonely hut, I went for a tour out around McMillan's and along the resort boundary, returning for a final slide down to the bottom of summit run, where resort staff informed me that the run was closed. Really? Looking forward to next week. New operators at Kelly's, new resort management still finding their feet, it seems, but here's hoping for a good season on the southernmost mountain (on the mainland,anyway).
Great trip report, gotta love those staff!
This is the first time I am going to snow playing in Australia and we are in Traralgon now
We are looking for some where has snow just to play for one or two hours
Could you please give us an address or name of some villages thats white of snow.?
Just came back from Mt Baw Baw where I was over the weekend.
Despite the obvious limited cover, the actual runs were in pretty good shape with minimal rocks and mud.
Some nice CM on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Great snowmaking on Sat night that made a huge difference to the toboggan run (well done on that).
Very friendly staff who were helpful all the time
Only two lifts ran on Saturday and the queues were shocking. The next day Summit T-Bar opened but the crowd were half that of Saturday and less needed (although appreciated by the crowd). Summit really should of been opened earlier.
No news here...Snowmaking. Such a small mountain with just a few more guns would make a world of difference. One more for the toboggan is also true.
Ive got accomodation booked for this weekend at baw baw but now im wondering if it's worth the trip down.
Those that have been recently, is it worth coming down this weekend?
Was up there last week, and sadly I wouldn't be heading there wanting to ski right now. We were only tobogganing but geez it was icy (and crowded - school holidays). I believe we've got some good weather coming this week though, so might be ok by the weekend.
Thanks Bronny. Is there anyone currently there that can comment on snow condition?
Looks like they have had a bit today. In the minus 2's all day. Over 7 mm in the gauge.
Starting to look good on the cams
Yep just saw their snow report, looking much better now. We can see the mountain from our place so we're pretty close, and I can tell you it's been effing freezing and rainy so they've gotta have had some of the good stuff
Had a great day there today! Obviously they had a good fall last night. Excellent top to bottom on Tank Hill ( the home run open!), Summit and Hut Run. La Descente was open allowing connection to Summit from the top of Hut. I don't think much grooming had been done so the ride was a bit bumpy at times and by mid afternoon the tow paths were a bit hairy. Great sunshine. I think the temp may have stayed below 0c all day as the trees still had snow on them mid afternoon and some shaded places seemed to stay icy all day. At lunch time I was able to ski right to my car in the day park. Needless to say, had to put chains on at the junction on the way up, and keep them on for the drive down.
You're in luck.
My daughter came down from northern Queensland where she had been snorkeling with sharks around Lizard Island etc. so I decided a trip to bb might cure her of all that. Arriving late in the top car park on Wednesday ( her tardiness of course) it started to snow. We had hired free heel gear for her so as to go anywhere, but the $35.00 lift ticket was too good to ignore. Summit run was open to the top. The 2-3 cm of fresh, dry dust on top of the base ( much more than the 7 cm reported) made for a sweet afternoon of downhill skiing and a little touring around the summit trail. Late in the day, she was straight lining the run (on Fischer Boundless, Excursions with Riva 3 old school bindings) while I tried to connect some tele turns. We stayed at the pub and went touring out around Mc Millans the next morning, fresh tracks along the narrow trails, no-one about. But it had not snowed all night as I had hoped and the downhill runs were crusty, icy and the wind came up. We left early afternoon after a great reconnecting ski trip. Thanks, little mountain.
I am watching this snow report like a hawk because my friend and I are planning a day trip to Mt. Erica this Tuesday August 8th.
Looking at the forecast Sun and Mon are snow days, predicting 20cm+ for BB and surrounds
I like it. Tuesday should be amazing at Mt. Erica.
12mm in gauge and still going what a season saving dump of snow !!! Thanks Huey Cam at 5.00pm
Looking good coming up to ski sunday, hopefully drops on the rocks is up and running by then
Reporting 30cm Happy days
I went up to Mt. Erica today. I was sinking in snow shoes near the summit sign.
Did a quick trip up to Baw Baw yesterday while the kids were at school. Spring melt started after rain overnight and a sunny day. After a couple of runs of summit tbar, which was wet and slow, headed over to Maltese and lapped champagne for a hour. Didn't appear like anything had been groomed overnight. Village had melted substantially in the couple of hours I was there. Toboggan slope looking sad. Price of mountain entry seems to have gone up about $10 this year!
Poor Baw Baw
Can confirm it was soft and slow but still great fun. They closed Maltese lift and Champagne run at around 2:30 because the snow was melting so quickly. No grooming apparent anywhere! Dog sled team had trashed the entire summit/village xc trail.
Its a joke !!! Save money when ever they can Maltese open only twice this year , you may as well dismantle Big hill and painted run, cant remember last time they ran. There will most likely be a few more private clubs that get donated back to management next season. Very sad
So what you're saying is that Baw Baw is over as a downhill destination, and that it's going to play the role that Lake Mountain used to play, just as Lake Mountain holds the role that Donna Buang used to.
Taken over an extended period: Donna Buang, Lake Mountain, Baw Baw and Buffalo have essentially snuffed it, now extrapolate from that trend...
I was at Baw Baw on Wednesday and quite surprised that it hadn't been groomed esp. after all the decent snow falls. Perhaps too used to Falls Creek corduroy but I was disappointed given that it was Wicked Wednesday and very crowded! Had a great time regardless, even though I was almost written off by a XXXX boarder who was just bombing straight down thru the trees. was he even looking, God knows?