Trip Report Mt Buffalo - Victoria - 2017

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  1. ladycamper

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    an excellent weekend skiing from road close to the Horn. Other trails very good but a bit slack with grooming. Park staff are great & camping nice for those properly prepared.
     
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    #snow2015
     
  3. TeleXC

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    Has anyone skied buffalo lately? am thinking about going xc skiing making the trip from falls creek on the weekend, is it worth it? Do they groom much?
     
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    Worth doing if the cover is OK.
    Has it's own distinctive vibe.
     
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    Yeah I had a quick look at that, shame they didn't report the overall depth. I'm always worried to go cause they never seem to get any decent snow at buffalo even when the big resorts do well
     
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    @sidetrack went for a blat up to the horn maybe a week or so ago.
    see july 16 in the chatter thread
     
  8. TeleXC

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    Thanks majikthise, just checked that post out, looks amazing. Might be worth the 2hr drive if conditions are nice
     
  9. ladycamper

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    Just been to falls creek today, good cover out past Rocky knob and I was told by other skiers, all the way to Wallaces and Cope Huts.
     
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  11. Mister Tee on snow shoes

    Mister Tee on snow shoes Dedicated Member

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    It looks likely that I will be hiking up " The big walk" this Sat.( 25/6/16) at Mt Buffalo. I will take snow shoes and poles because the Friday forecast looks like Snow down to 700 M.
    I will let people know how I get on.
     
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    Today,June 25th 2016 was a superb fresh powder snow day.We snow shoed from Cresta Valley to the Horn summit and back.The weather was mostly clear and sunny except at the summit of The Horn.There was no view to be enjoyed at the very icy summit of The Horn.The Horn rd was already groomed when we got there this morning.The cover was deep and complete.The snow ploughs had cleared the road and chains were mandatory for nearly all vehicles .The gorge and the chalet also looked like a winter postcard.The Buff in perfect winter conditions has it's own voodoo and mystique.
    My only gripe is/was that
    People who wear street shoes and make boot prints on the groomed trails are not getting the thumbs up from me and there were quite a few doing just that today.
     
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    I would guess that this week and this coming weekend will still be quality stuff at the Buff.
     
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    I was hoping to camp at Lake Catani in a couple of weeks time, but Parks Vic have stopped winter camping there. It is a great location for introducing people to snow camping and snow shoeing.
     
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    I rang the Mt Buffalo ranger. You can hike into the Lake Cattani camp ground and snow camp there. No fees or booking are required. There is a shelter/ hut but buying firewood from the Ranger seemed like a remote possibility. There is a pit loo there that is open too. All other facilities are shut until the Green season starts again . Two of my crew snow camped at the Horn picnic ground. I piked out of that and went back to my friend's house in Myrtleford.
     
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    Thanks for the update Mr T. I received an email from parks saying it was closed but it just didn't seem right. I camped there two years ago with no issue. I take firewood in with me. They did have a shed with firewood that you could buy.
     
  17. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    I can't help thinking that June 25th 2016 will not be bettered this season at Mt Buffalo.
    Here are some photos via a web link.

    picasaweb.google.com
     
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    However I could be wrong about whether the best powder snow dump yet at Mt Buffalo has come and gone. This new snowfall is looking good but sadly I am stuck in Melb.
    I will ask my old XC ski friend in Myrtleford for a proper Muppet news flash about snow on THE BUFF.
     
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    You must have the same camera as me, Mr T. I think we paid extra to get the finger ;)
     
  20. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    That day last month at The Buff ( Mt. Buffalo ) was a- fecking- mazing. You don't get that mix of oodles of fresh dry powder snow and sunshine that often up there. It meant that the finger over the lens had to be used to take pictures so that the personal memories remained clearer and more real that any photos could ever be.
     
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    Are they grooming the XC trails up there?
     
  22. Seth

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    That's assuming there is anything/enough snow to groom after the past week.
     
  23. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    If there is another big dump of snow this week there still might be one more slide down the Horn road left for 2016.
     
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    Hi all,
    Heading up to Bright 26-29th of May. I've limited experience of snow, wife has never seen the stuff apart from brushing my jacket off from an unexpected flurry at Mt Wellington.

    We'd like to at least see, or even better touch, some snow this coming weekend. I realise there is no snow for skiing, not interested in that. Just a wheelbarrow full of snow would do :D

    Are any of the resorts within reach of Bright likely to have snow that we can actually touch, or see from less than miles away?
     
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    None anywhere at the moment, so it will totally depend on the weather. Hotham or Falls Creek far more likely than Buffalo. There maybe a small amount of man-made snow at the 2 big ones (Hotham & Falls).
     
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    Snow lying on the ground for any length of time - unlikely
    Light snow falling and sitting for a short time - maybe but you would need to be lucky with timing. More likely at falls or hotham than buffalo. Keep your eyes on the forecast for falls and hotham. The hotham road on a snowy day is not much fun for novices (but glorious on a nice day). Take chains (especially to hotham) even though you are not required to by law until the season opens. Probably won't need to fit them but best have them just in case
     
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  28. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    I am going to walk out to Spargo's hut via Derrick's hut on June 4th and I will take chains for sure. I will park at Mt. Loch car park.I doubt that I will see any snow but you can't tell up there, can you ?
     
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    Lucky you....an excellent stroll :)
     
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    Does anyone know what is happening on Mt Buffalo re facilities, restoration etc? Has it all fallen in a heap again or is it doing anything? Curra, Weerab, Tee, Tecks...what info do you have?
     
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    Nothing is the short answer, seriously nothing. Various proposals have gone nowhere
     
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    There was a mob doing work on the place a year or so back as I recall. I assume VicGov is a useless as it is corrupt and will not attend to the place.....while it falls down. Complete waste.
     
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    I reckon there is more chance of Port Phillip icing over than there is any chance of there ever being any ski lifts ever running on Buffalo ever again.

    They might restore or expand or knock down the Lodge, but all these options are equally arbitrary - none of these will mean anything meaningful to existing stakeholders- a restored Lodge would be a museum, an expanded Lodge would be an upmarket operation pricing most out of the market, and a knocked-down lodge would be the same as what we have now. Buffalo's future is biking and day tripping leveraged out of the increased marketing presence of Bright in the biking/glamping world. Trail-running and guided outdoor adventure operations have a future up there, but only so far as they can integrate with the vibe happening out of Bright.
     
  34. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    The VNPA opposes a new plan to turn the Chalet and its surrounding area into a lego land resort for cashed up bogans.It is a national park FFS!
     
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    Surely there's a small middle ground between the extremes of rotating McDonalds on the
    Horn and total sign less wilderness. I mean for 70 years we coped two small ski centres , 1 chalet and a more recent lodge /motel. Now it's all or nothing? Really??
    PS: sorry , i don't know much about the 'fancy' developments - other than the lift proposal and the more recent Gondola stuff.
     
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    That sounds far too much like a practical proposal and common sense - not a snowball's!!
     
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    Agree there is a middle ground. Insane not to maintain the resources. At the very least it would provide the RFS with something to burn down.....again.
     
  38. me tun

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    If I drive up Mt Buffalo on the weekend, will I see snow? I'm going to be in the area and the web cam is down.

    1m x 1m patch is fine.
     
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    Yes, in the distance on the summit of Feathertop ;) But seriously, it's supposed to snow this weekend so you could be in luck
     
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    OK, great thanks.
     
  41. Mister Tee on snow shoes

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    My Guess is that The Horn will get a dusting of snow this weekend. Take snow chains for your vehicle. Descending that hairpin road down to Cresta Valley can be very ICY and iffy for all cars.
     
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    Hope that cat is not running around in the National Park....this could be a political incorrect marketing direction...

    Puss appears to be kicking asse in the high country.....
     
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    Certainly gives a new meaning to the phrase 'just taking the snow cat into town'.
     
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    So for the first time, well... ever... im actually interested in the possibilty of snow at Buffalo from the 08th till the 13th July. We staying in Porepunkah and looking at perhaps taking the kids up for some snow play. Questions..
    Is the an entry fee? The area around the old ski lifts, is this the best snow play area? Any other useful tips? If there happens to be a low level dump do they clear the road? Thanks.
     
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    There is no gate entry fee at Mt .Buffalo.
    You must carry wheel chains and fit them where and when instructed to do so.
    Cresta valley( the old ski lift area) offers good snow play for those who are not on some kind of ski/ snow board/ snow shoe mission .
    Dingo dell might be better for your needs, it has a cafe of sorts and a better slope for toboggan use.Others enjoy the cricket pitch for snow ball fights etc. However the summit area of The Horn usually has the best snow cover and views if you pick the right day shortly after a big dump of snow. Last year in late June we timed our winter trip to perfection and arrived at Cresta in the morning from Myrtleford to see clear skies and 30 cms of fresh powder snow , with snow cover quite low down the mountain too.
    The road is cleared by a snow plough /VIC ROADS, if there is a big dump of snow but the road ices over esp. on the bend that drops down from the Catherdral to Cresta so having wheel chains are a must .The photo is yours truly at Mt. Buffalo on June 25th 2016.
     
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    Hope you get some snow. It's a magical place.