Cialscene Buller X on the go again
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.