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Discussion in 'Mt Baw Baw' started by D-eye, Jan 30, 2017.
Hey all, I live in northern suburbs of Melbourne and I've just bought some new skis. I am keen to take of day off work for a mid-week day trip to test out my new hardware, and I was thinking of trying Baw Baw for the first time. I've skied Buller, Hotham and Falls before. Does Baw Baw make an ok day trip from Melbourne? Are there enough runs to keep me busy for a few hours?
Or should I just drive to Buller?
AS you live in the northern 'Burbs, it would be a bit of a toss-up. I live in the outer southeast suburbs so Baw Baw is a bit of a no brainer. Ever via the longer South face road route it is still only a couple of hours from my place. Compared to Buller, Baw Baw is small and if you are an intermediate/advanced skier you would possibly find BBs runs a bit short and perhaps not challenging enough. Having said that I love Baw Baw! Easy to get to, Nice cruise-y runs, cheap tow tickets and great scenery.
Thanks for the detailed response Oldie
Baw Baw would only be 30 mins closer to me than Buller, but I think it would be worth checking out mid week for a day, especially considering their lift passes are half the price of Buller. Although their resort car parking fee is pretty expensive!
Of course it goes without saying that you wouldn't consider going to Baw Baw unless it has a good cover of snow.
Of course! I would safe a tactical sick day for when the snow falls
Wicked Wednesdays are on again this year 35 dollar lift passes.
Claiming 1st turns and 1st TR for season '17...
So, having watched Streif and other great free Redbull TV content and hearing the news of snow late-ish yesterday morning, decided that Bawbs might have the best new snow and/or was the only one reachable from Melb for afternoon turns.
Headed up the hill complete with water, lunch, skins and AT rig and after the 1st run did some impromptu PR for Mt BB as seen in the last pic on Mountainwatch:
Whilst I did get some turns in...
the main enjoyment was being able to get out there and tour in MAY, get some excercise and try to build condition for the season proper. Took some happy snaps in the process:
The clouds parted very infrequently during the day but when they did some good views were on.
Great job Hermannator, Nice photos especially the mountain watch one! Looks like a pretty decent cover up there.
Always good to get an early season base grind. ;-)
Are they snow making up there?
No - they have nobody to run the snowmaking equipment.
According to their FB page, Baw Baw are opening the resort from tomorrow. No tows operating but xc trails, tobogganing and snow play.
So they can claim first resort open?
So it would seem. I just contacted them. No xc trails groomed, not officially open for skiing.
Gee they like to live on the edge Ol BB. It would certainly encourage me to spend my Lazy 50 or $60 on fuel if they take the trouble to groom XC trails. (And even pay the $50+ gate fee!)
Hear, hear. I would certainly visit them more often if only they gave the XC trails some attention as I quite like the trail network. Till then Stirling will get most of my patronage.
According to their Facebook page, there's no resort entry fee until 11 June. Am considering a XC ski tomorrow and will report back here if it comes off.
Apparently only a few centimeters on XC trails, not sufficient to groom at the moment without destroying what cover there is.
Went up to Bawbs for a recce on Sunday and could have easily skied the XC trails (had I taken my gear!), although nothing groomed. Noticed a few tracks here and there, so people taking advantage of the early snow. Photo taken looking down Playground.
There were rumours of overnight snow and the the cams showed something, but then, anyway I decided to head for Baw Baw. The website wanted a 2 night booking, but no lifts were running so that wasn't on. Drove up through drizzle, rain and a steady flow of log trucks. Destroying the old growth forest for an unsustainable industry. Good views of the brown coal power stations from Baw Baw. Drizzle in the car park had me thinking," 2 out of 3 ain't bad' but a quick recon through the village showed the trail to be quite skiable.
Trying to attach pics but failing. Very pleased I got up there as the snow up along the ridge was very nice, indeed. Rain affected down low, but nice for some turns on Playground, Summit, Champagne and Hut run.