Cialscene Buller X on the go again

Mt Buller News - - MT BULLER SOCIAL SCENE - By TONY HAR­RING­TON

WEL­COME to an­other Aussie win­ter and the 2017 Buller X pre­sented by Rip Curl.

New for 2017 has been the in­clu­sion of Aus­tralia’s top 10 big moun­tain snow­board­ers to join Aus­tralia’s top 10 skiers, a 50/50 split in rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Vic­to­rian ath­letes against NSW ath­letes, top­ping off with a part­ner­ship from Rip Curl and Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Re­sort in Wy­oming USA.

Ten elite snow­board­ers will join 10 skiers in Aus­tralia’s rad­dest ter­rain off the Sum­mit of Mt Buller and down into its fa­bled chutes this win­ter in a unique big moun­tain event.

As in­com­pa­ra­ble as it is chal­leng­ing, Buller X only goes ahead if and when the con­di­tions line up to en­able the ath­letes to ski and ride the steep, tech­ni­cal course.

The Mt Buller Chutes are daunt­ing, steep, nar­row and unforgiving.

It is only when good qual­ity cover, suf­fi­cient snow­pack and blue­bird weather con­di­tions all align that the event gets the “green light” to be called on, sim­i­lar to a big wave com­pe­ti­tion.

Launched in 2016, the call­ing of the event came close in the first year with the course need­ing just one more de­cent snow­fall to pro­duce the con­di­tions to stage the event - un­for­tu­nately that fi­nal storm never rolled through,

Ath­letes around the coun­try an­swered the call up to en­ter, thou­sands of votes were cast by their sup­port­ers to se­cure them a cov­eted place in this ex­cit­ing new ex­treme event and the idea of “Buller X” gath­ered a fol­low­ing.

Now the wait be­gins again

– will 2017 be the year for the ath­letes to take on the chal­lenge?

Five skiers and five board­ers will se­cure slots through the Vic­to­rian “Call Up” with the an­nounce­ment made at Mt Buller’s Kooroora Ho­tel on Satur­day, July 8.

A fur­ther five skiers and five board­ers will score their en­try through the NSW “Call Up” to be an­nounced at the Lake Jind­abyne Ho­tel on Satur­day, July 15.

Reg­is­tra­tion for ath­letes is open now un­til June 28 – only for elite level big moun­tain skiers and board­ers will­ing and ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on this unique ter­rain.

A seven-day vot­ing pe­riod from June 29 - July 7 is when the pub­lic de­cides who they want to go through and gives all ath­letes a chance to pro­mote their en­tries and gain sup­port.

The fi­nal field is de­ter­mined by the Buller X com­mit­tee.

The win­ning skier and snow­boarder who com­pletes the two best runs in Buller X 2017 will win a money-can’t-buy prize from Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Re­sort in Wy­oming, USA.

They will get the ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity to film with the Te­ton Grav­ity Re­search film com­pany while ex­plor­ing the ma­jes­tic Te­ton Range.

Ev­ery­one who votes in the “Call Up” will also have the chance to win the ma­jor prize of a week for two at Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Re­sort, WY USA and great prizes from Rip Curl, Te­ton Grav­ity Re­search, Volkl skis, Giro eye­wear and hel­mets.

For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www.bullerx.com.au.

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