ALTHOUGH the snow is still hanging around a little – it is now time to think about your summer adventures in the High Country.
With late snows on the mountain – up until last week – it has not stopped those outdoor adventurers thinking about riding the trails of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
The beginning of a summer of adventure starts when the trails are progressively opened up.
The Mt Buller-Mt Stirling team have been busy clearing fallen branches, checking the condition of the trails after months of snow, melt, run off and more, and making sure the place is at its best ready for your walking, running, bike riding, horse riding and 4WD-ing exploits.
The full trail network is anticipated to be open for the official summer season kick off on Saturday, November 30.
So check the cams and see what the weather is doing (it will probably be doing something different in a few hours’ time and that’s part of the fun up here); download the app so you have all your mountain information in your pocket; check the Event Calendar and the What’s On for the latest updates and opening hours; and book some accommodation - there are places that are bike friendly with storage and bike wash facilities too.
Plan your trail adventures maps are online and you can also get a real life offline version in the resort when you are here at the Info Centre in Alpine Central.
Don’t forget to touch base with the team at All Terrain Cycles and book in for a clinic, get a guided tour around the trails and arrange to rent a bike if you need one.
Or consider trying something new... a horseback trail ride or a 4WD tour?
Saturday, November 30 marks the official summer opening weekend and a great time to bring the bike, the walking shoes, the camera and those you love for a chill out on the mountain.
Get on the gravity trails or do a long cruise down to Mirimbah on the Delatite River Trail.
This is just the start of those summer adventures – and there is something for everyone – it is not just bike riding the trails, there are walking tracks, picnics at the summit, look for spring flowers that are still in abundance, go gnome seeking among the magic forest or just relax and look at the fantastic views.
Something new this year, and it is popular with tourists, is ‘shinrin-yoku bathing’ – the Japanese are fans of immersing themselves in nature as an antidote to that frenetic pace of modern life.
‘Forest bathing’ is the latest thing for frazzled city dwellers and the High Country has the perfect spot for you to give it a go.
Or perhaps if the environment is on your agenda then experience some possum magic – meet the endangered, tiny and beautiful Pygmypossum and learn how we are helping our little friends to survive and thrive among the plum pine.
Once over the New Year there is plenty coming up for families across the mountains and nearby.
Starting on January 18 and 19 are the Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series (VDHS) hitting Mt Buller for two days of action-packed, adrenalin-filled downhill racing action.
Mt Buller, the third round of the series, is the only chairlift-assisted stage of the series and will take place on the acclaimed ‘International’ trail.
There are numerous sites along the course providing spectators an ideal vantage point to watch riders battle the challenging course.
The event village expo site will feature a range of stalls, and Spurs Restaurant will be operating throughout the event to ensure spectators are well looked after.
The weekend will see the Northside Express chairlift operational for non-competitive riders with both Copperhead and ABOM DH trails remaining open to ride.
Sightseeing tickets will also be available for guests wishing to ride the chairlift.
For full information on any of the upcoming events over summer go to www.mtbuller. com.au.
BIKING IT: Climbing to the top of Mt Buller by bitumen or by the Epic Trail is a challenge at any time, but over summer thousands do just that enjoying the mountainous terrain and the cooler temperatures. PHOTOS: Mt Buller – Andrew Railton PICTURE PERFECT: Beat the heat this summer and take a break in the pristine alpine regions of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling where there is plenty to do for the whole family.