First of all apologies for this being the first snow report of the winter. It is the third weekend I have skied and the first with even remotely dry conditions, I literally did not take a photo the last 2 weekends as I had to put my phone in a very deep pocket lest it end up going for a swim.
But the good part about the ordinary weather is that a lot of snow accompanied it. Unless you have been living under a rock you would know that despite all the May doomsaying that it would never snow again (hang your head in shame if you were one of these) we have been absolutely pummeled by a series of fronts, with some of the better snowfalls we have seen in the last couple of years, which have resulted in all the resorts being blessed with good conditions, and the best early-season skiing since 2004.
The good news is that Buller is 100% open – you can ski every nook and cranny, and the only areas with exposed shrubs or rocks are the areas notorious for this that require the most snow due to being very low down or in particularly rough terrain. And the good news about this is that more is forecast late this week.
Of note at Buller this year is the summer grooming. 2000 hours of work went in to this in the off-season, and it absolutely shows. This is an absolutely vital function and BSL is to be commended for carrying it out and needs to maintain that amount of effort on an annual basis.
Not a huge much more needs to be said about the conditions, we skied every area except Wombat Bowl and Chamois over the weekend and had an absolute ball. I mounted up some 2015 Blizzard Bonafide skis which were absolutely superb and Nicole was ripping around on some 2015 K2 Potion 84 XTi.
Click here for our GPS track from Saturday.
Here are some pics from the weekend: