Trip Report Mt Buffalo - Victoria

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XC groomer broken down, possible broken axle. Not much space for smaller groomer to pass. Skis balling up climbing road to Horn.
I will take SWIX GLIDE WAX and FISCHER DE ICER. XC in my day pack as per usual. Skis clogging up with fresh snow is a nice problem to have. Sounds like a Madshus Epoch kind of ski scene, W I D E BC XC skis on deep soft fresh ungroomed snow. How are the roads to drive on up there? Fitting chains to 2wd or to ALL CARS?
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Mt. Buffalo was A M A Z I N G for BC XC skiing. Snow camping at Lake Catani was good too . The snow may not be as fresh and untracked as it has been this week by Sat. and the lower elevation routes will not stay in a heavenly state for long even if there is a good 80 cm on the Reservoir road area. I will post a trip report with photos covering the August 12th to 14th period very soon.
 

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Mt. Buffalo was A M A Z I N G for BC XC skiing. Snow camping at Lake Catani was good too . The snow may not be as fresh and untracked as it has been this week by Sat. and the lower elevation routes will not stay in a heavenly state for long even if there is a good 80 cm on the Reservoir road area. I will post a trip report with photos covering the August 12th to 14th period very soon.
Reminds me of when I spent a day at Mt Buffalo on Sept 2 1989. A very similar deep cover of snow... That was back when Cresta had 5 operational ski lifts!
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Reservoir road. 13th August 2019. .Check out the road marker thingie. It is buried up to the red thingie.I am tempted to suss out on BC XC skis some of the Mt. McLeod track if the cover holds in there until Wed. next week or ski on Wild Dog Plain.
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Hey brainstrust,

I'm taking my 6yr old daughter up to Buffalo next week. Can anyone please rec some good day walks in the 4-8km range?

Tanx
 
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Chaeron

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Hey brainstrust,

I'm taking my 6yr old daughter up to Buffalo next week. Can anyone please rec some good day walks in the 4-8km range?

Tanx

Loveliest short walks are the Challwell or Mollinsons Galleries.
Back Wall of mt Buffalo is easy AND spectacular. Highly recommended. A bit long at 12km. However the first 3km of the walk as a return 6km is lovely in itself.

https://bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/item/back-wall-walk

Also from Catani to the Gorge, Mollisons Galleries from Catani, The Horn from Cresta - multiple lovely spots.

https://www.visitmountbuffalo.com.au/index.php?p=1

Kayaking on Lake Catani is also highly recommended- PM me if you want to borrow a kids kayak...can also hire from Dingo Dell.
 

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Loveliest short walks are the Challwell or Mollinsons Galleries.
Back Wall of mt Buffalo is easy AND spectacular. Highly recommended. A bit long at 12km. However the first 3km of the walk as a return 6km is lovely in itself.

https://bushwalkingvictoria.org.au/item/back-wall-walk

Also from Catani to the Gorge, Mollisons Galleries from Catani, The Horn from Cresta - multiple lovely spots.

https://www.visitmountbuffalo.com.au/index.php?p=1

Kayaking on Lake Catani is also highly recommended- PM me if you want to borrow a kids kayak...can also hire from Dingo Dell.
Hi @Chaeron
Thank you, I appreciate the response. I'll look into them. Weather dependent I'm thinking if taking the SUP to paddle on the lake.
 
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Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Valley of the giants route from cresta to horn is pretty speccy
Yes, esp. if you know the Valley of the Giants XC ski route in white season then it should be easy to walk that 6 km loop which starts and ends at Cresta car park.
One indeed hopes that public access to Cresta car Park opens again soon. At very least in time for the white season.
I love Nordic skiing at Mt. Buffalo.
 
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nezumi

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Would anyone care to make a prediction on whether there will be any snow on the ground at Cresta Valley by Saturday the 27th?

My parents are down to visit, and it would be nice to be able to take my son up to Buffalo to have a go sliding around on his snowboard.
 

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Would anyone care to make a prediction on whether there will be any snow on the ground at Cresta Valley by Saturday the 27th?

My parents are down to visit, and it would be nice to be able to take my son up to Buffalo to have a go sliding around on his snowboard.

Great idea nezumi but keep your plans Er mm fluid.

Buffalo with Lake Mtn and BBaw have a poor a record in terms of snow reliability from these marginal (mild) weather systems.

Try and have a Plan B.

It’s a shame the Cresta lifts have been kyboshed (removed last summer I believe?)

With some snow they’d be ideal for buying a cheapish ticket and introducing kids to lifted skiing.

Keep a daily watch, you never know.

The other idea - if you can hack the GAR - go down to Dinner Plain - it’s a mellow Pima and pretty good value for a morning or afternoon - washed with a bevi at the Pub or better, brewery next to lift!
 

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Great idea nezumi but keep your plans Er mm fluid.

Buffalo with Lake Mtn and BBaw have a poor a record in terms of snow reliability from these marginal (mild) weather systems.

Try and have a Plan B.

It’s a shame the Cresta lifts have been kyboshed (removed last summer I believe?)

With some snow they’d be ideal for buying a cheapish ticket and introducing kids to lifted skiing.

Keep a daily watch, you never know.

The other idea - if you can hack the GAR - go down to Dinner Plain - it’s a mellow Pima and pretty good value for a morning or afternoon - washed with a bevi at the Pub or better, brewery next to lift!

That's an eminently practical idea - but also one that is unlikely to be viable for us :p

What I didn't mention is that they live in Ballina, and are starting their journey home on Saturday, so Buffalo provides a good "staging point" where we can drive to from Melb, have some fun, and then part ways. Dinner plain, while inherently appealing to me, doesn't quite match Buffalo in terms of accessibility to travel.
 

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That's an eminently practical idea - but also one that is unlikely to be viable for us :p

What I didn't mention is that they live in Ballina, and are starting their journey home on Saturday, so Buffalo provides a good "staging point" where we can drive to from Melb, have some fun, and then part ways. Dinner plain, while inherently appealing to me, doesn't quite match Buffalo in terms of accessibility to travel.

No, the GAR from Hville in winter can be quite daunting and time-sucking.

Could you not go up to Lake Mtn for the day? If it has snow (snowmaking delivering?)

Less driving for you? Your friends? Could turn off the Hume at Benalla, drive via Mansfield and Alexandra? Meet at Maryville?
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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Mt.Stirling could be an option.


Mansfield is not that far from the Hume Highway via the Midlands highway ( I think it is that road)

In July 2019 I skied 16-18 km at Mt. Stirling and then having driven up the Hume hwy and the Snow road /GAR to Myrtleford the same day , crashed the night at my friend's house , went and skied 17 kms at Falls Creek /BHP the next day.
Of course you need snow to do that which we do not have at present .
 

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No, the GAR from Hville in winter can be quite daunting and time-sucking.

Could you not go up to Lake Mtn for the day? If it has snow (snowmaking delivering?)

Less driving for you? Your friends? Could turn off the Hume at Benalla, drive via Mansfield and Alexandra? Meet at Maryville?

We'll all be coming from Melbourne, with them continuing on North while my boy and I head south for home.

I'm mainly looking at the cheapskate options since it's likely to be just a couple of hours of my son sliding / playing in the snow and that's it. Paying the entry fee for two cars seems a bit rich for that. :)

Depending on which way they go home, I might look at Mt St Gwinear too.
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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What snow do we have....and what is forecast over comming weeks?
This coming weather system for this weekend looks iffy for decent skiable snow. The following weekend's low pressure system is nominally more promising but too far off to tell at present. Most snow locations currently have FA x 2 skiable snow or they are getting their slurpee machines going for the ski season opening days next week.
 

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Do we have any up to date information about Mt. Buffalo i.e condition of XC ski trails, snow depth etc. this season?
What are PV doing about grooming the Horn road for instance?.

Weather Zone are saying we might get 5-10 cms up there at Mt.Buffalo on Sat. and Sunday next weekend. That is something I would have to see on the snow cam. to believe but 15 -20 cms is skiable in places at Mt.Buffalo and would be worth the effort of going there.
 

Mister Tee on XC Skis

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This time last year I went and snow camped at Lake Catani with @Carola and @beefa skiing and XC ski toured all the major routes at Mt. Buffalo.
It was truly memorable. A lot of snow had fallen which prompted the trip.
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For those of us in hard lockdown we can only drift back and dream of these better days returning sometime in the future with plenty of snow and fewer limits on our movements.
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Couple of days ago the Horn Rd was skiable from the gate.

The upcoming rain will trash the lower half or more.
 
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Was certainly skiable-pics from Sat.
 

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