Buller sum­mer

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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.

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