It finally felt like summer up here on the mountain this weekend with sunshine, mountain bikes spinning around the village and hundreds of happy faces as you’d expect – and in a surprising twist - a pop-up terrain park that looked like it had been transplanted from mid-winter onto Bourke Street!
The new summer season kick off event, the “Summer Shred Sesh”, combined the best of both seasons and drew eager crowds from the biking and snow tribes to the village for a Saturday gathering to mark the official start of ‘green season’ in the resort.
Tyson Pollard and the Mt Buller Park crew built the pop-up terrain park using a huge stockpile of tonnes of snow salvaged from the winter season,
“It was fun to get in the cat and push the snow out, get some features in place and be on rakes and shovels shaping snow… in December,” said Tyson
“The buzz in the snow community was huge once word was out about the summer park, so we wanted to make it worth the trip for everyone coming up. I’m stoked at how well it turned out with two lines of features to session. It was amazing to see a long line of great snowboarders and skiers lapping and cheering each other on. And pretty cool to be able to say we shredded together in summer.” The terrain park drew plenty of riders from the local area including many representatives of the ‘Skyline Social Club’ with others coming from as far afield as Jindabyne.
Off the snow, the bike community were just as enthusiastic to mark the official start of riding season with All Terrain Cycles and Blue Dirt both open in the Mt Buller village for business offering rental, skill sessions and shuttles.
Shannon Rademaker from All Terrain Cycles was excited to see riders back in the village and sessioning the big airbag alongside pro-riders Luke Parker and Andrew Nibblet.
“It was such a good vibe having pro riders like Luke and Andrew inspiring everyone and we had our first tour and skills session for the summer head out onto the trails,” said Rademaker. “The new pump track the resort has installed is brilliant and it’s just a good energy in the village having people and bikes rolling around again.”
The November snowfalls have delayed some of the bike trail openings including Delatite and Epic trails but plenty of the One Tree Hill and Corn Hill trails are open and riding well. Reports from riders were glowing and the $1.2m investment in refurbishing the network is getting consistently top marks from riders.
The eagerly awaited and refurbished Delatite Trail is scheduled to open this weekend (10 Dec) along with the iconic Stonefly 10km trail and anticipation is building for the reopening of the gravity trails and Australian Alpine Epic Trail which are slated to be ready very soon.
The good times on snow at Mt Buller haven’t just ended yet for 2022, with free snowplay sessions available every afternoon between Boxing Day and New Years Eve. Family friendly activities are offered for the kids during this holiday week and it’s the perfect way to cool off at the end of a summer day with some snow balls and fun.
Let’s have a long cool summer!
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