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    Mt Buller Christmas

    I have a few days free over Christmas and was thinking about heading down to Buller to enjoy some trails and some of those chair lifts
    Has anyone been? Thoughts? Must sees and dos? Accomodation? Food? Lifts open at Christmas?
    Any info would be great, thanks!

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    When the weather's good up there it's great.

    Must do are the downhill trails and Klingsporn. Lifts open Boxing Day. There's a shuttle from the Mirimbah store back to the top a few times a day on the weekends if you do Klingsporn.

    If you don't have DH gear or a suitable bike you can hire them, something like $120/day?

    Food? Don't know, always looks completely dead up there in summer.

    Oh yeah - there's cross country trails too but if the lift's open there's not that much point in those, is there?

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    I've looked a bit into it today. Saw nothing about Klingsporn but did see the shuttle info so I'll be sure to take it.
    I'll probably do some of that xc stuff I have a Cannondale Rush, about 110mm front and back. Will I really need an all mountain rig or will it just allow me to do more of the crazy stuff?

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    There should be food there year round, maybe not Christmas day... maybe Abom should be open.

    I just heard though that the horse hill lift is shut for repairs and won't be fixed until March

    The xc tracks are great though, there quite tecky not super smooth.

    I'm plaining on doing a trip up there this summer. Camping at Marimba, climbing River Sper track then doing the xc tracks to Buller then coming down Klingsporn.

    Should be a great but big day. Maybe in Jan/Feb sometime?

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    You'll be fine on that bike but I'd stick to the xc tracks.

    You will be fine on Klingsporn though a beefier bike will make it more enjoyable.
    The other option is the river sper track, it's great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by with_the_band
    I just heard though that the horse hill lift is shut for repairs and won't be fixed until March
    That sucks big time. Might still head up and just do a day of shuttling up and riding down.

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    You will have more than enough trails to ride with a 110mm dually. Abom is fine on an xc dually, just stay clear of International, which has more gnarly stuff without as many safer 'b' line options. The only problem on Abom would be faster riders on full DH bikes

    The XC trails are a good half days ride to cover them all, espically if you start from the village and ride home trail-gang gangs, corn hill, down corn hill, new single track, up silk lane, misty twist a few times, corn hill single track, back to the village. That covers a good 25-30k or so

    Klingsporn is a highlight, and isnt really that difficult once you dial a few tricky sections and get used to the off-camber. Earlier this year I rode it with people on hard-tails who didnt have too many problems, a 110mm bike will have no problems

    I wouldn't recommend riding up river spur though, it is mostly downhill on the way down and wouldnt be too fun riding up.

    Even the road is a good 1hour ride depending on fitness, riverspur would be a mission to ride up, especially considering you will have wet shoes!

    They have installed log bridges over some of the crossings though, so there isnt as much wet shoes on the descent

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    Quote Originally Posted by with_the_band
    I just heard though that the horse hill lift is shut for repairs and won't be fixed until March
    How accurate is your source ? Their website says it will be running. http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Summer/Bi...erating-Hours2


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    Good question. I was thinking of going anyway and just doing cross country and the shuttle. Assuming I can get past the flood waters!

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    Horsehill was shut for a fair part of last summer/spring - they repaired a frayed cable or something (eek).

    edit to add.. River Spur is a lot of fun And MrH has still.not.shut.up about Misty Twisty.

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    My partner worked up there for the snow season. So I guess that's put's the info a 3-4 months out of date.

    The problem this time was the motor not the cable. I guess though if you are thinking of heading up to give them a call.

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    FWIW: http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Detail/Wi...atest-News/118

    I gave them a call - Doppelmayr are fixing the lift right now and it is expected to be running on Boxing Day as long as nothing unexpected happens.

    I might have time over the Christmas break for a daytrip or two, sounds like a plan, anyone?

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    ...and will sell lift tickets for those guests wishing to access the resort via the Tirol T Bar.
    HA! In my head for a second I pictured sightseers purchasing tickets on Tirol and just getting their arses dragged up the hill.

    I am home from the 'Berra on either the 27th or 28th. Might try and sneak a day trip in there for sure. Will see what the rest of the crew are thinkin.

    Does anyone know if any works are getting done to the trails? This weather would be turning parts of it into rivers.

    EDIT: According to Rotorburn, work's been happening since Nov 20. Still ... this rain would be pounding the crap out of it.

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    Well there's about 2 weeks to go. Let's hope it starts to dry up somewhat! Looking at buying my first downhill helmet atm

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    You can hire a helmet there by the way, and you'll want armour as well - knee/shin at the very least. Might as well hire a DH bike while you're at it...sooo much more fun with more travel.

    If you do buy a helmet I recommend Troy Lee Designs - super comfortable (for me) and light.

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    So it's on, chairlift is going to be running: http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Detail/Su...test-News2/144

    Planning to head up for a day of chairlift-enabled riding on Tuesday 28th.

    Anyone else?

    I'll be heading up for some XC action later in the year after the lift closes.

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    I just assumed all the trails would be rained out. I saw the Delatite had flooded and the river trail was closed. I haven't actually called anyone there to ask though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginga
    I have a few days free over Christmas and was thinking about heading down to Buller to enjoy some trails and some of those chair lifts
    Has anyone been? Thoughts? Must sees and dos? Accomodation? Food? Lifts open at Christmas?
    Any info would be great, thanks!

    Has anyone been?

    Yes, with N_P, yesterday.

    Thoughts?

    Awesome fun. Sunny. Perfect weather.

    Must sees and dos?

    DH trails are in great shape, previously loose areas have been armoured with rock.

    Accomodation?

    Drove up for the day.

    Food?

    Spurs is open but brought own food anyway.

    Lifts open at Christmas?

    Yes, until Feb 6. Planning to go again before the lift shuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat
    Yes, until Feb 6. Planning to go again before the lift shuts.
    I reckon we aim for 29th if that's OK with you. Just don't injure yourself the weekend before

    T'was an awesome day indeed. The quads (right in particular) are burning a little today, but no body complaints other than that. Going to track down some of those Fox armour shorts though for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I reckon we aim for 29th if that's OK with you. Just don't injure yourself the weekend before
    29th it is. All welcome if anyone wants to tag along.

    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    T'was an awesome day indeed. The quads (right in particular) are burning a little today, but no body complaints other than that. Going to track down some of those Fox armour shorts though for sure.
    If you don't have any luck online ask Dave at Rider's Edge on Bell St.

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    I was at Buller on the 26th and did some of the XC trails (though I recon they would be awesome fun on an all mountain machine that can climb, very rocky and tecky in places)

    Road Silk Lane for the first time (goes up and down Stirling) it's one of the best trails I can remember riding. Smooth, big berms, jumps if you like, just heaps of fun and great scenery. The ride up is a bit of a challenge but so worth it.

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