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?XC groomer broken down, possible broken axle. Not much space for smaller groomer to pass. Skis balling up climbing road to Horn.
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!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.
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?
Hi @ChaeronLoveliest 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.
Also from Catani to the Gorge, Mollisons Galleries from Catani, The Horn from Cresta - multiple lovely spots.
Kayaking on Lake Catani is also highly recommended- PM me if you want to borrow a kids kayak...can also hire from Dingo Dell.
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.Valley of the giants route from cresta to horn is pretty speccy
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!
That's an eminently practical idea - but also one that is unlikely to be viable for us
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?
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.What snow do we have....and what is forecast over comming weeks?