Mt Buller has solidly cemented itself as a premier mountain biking destination in recent years, with a range of developments in place and more to come. Over the past seven years, the resort has worked hard to develop the cross-country offering, teaming up with renowned trail designer Glen Jacobs and his team from World Trail to construct a range of high quality, sustainable trails as part of a staged plan.
Stages one and two of this plan were completed between 2007 and 2009, with new beginner and intermediate trails constructed around the Mt Buller Village plus five new loops between the Village and the Corn Hill area. Stage three saw the completion of Stonefly in January 2011, our signature 10km advanced endurance trail that stretches from Howqua Gap to Mt Stirling and back, and marks the completion of a trail network that allows mountain bikers to ride from the summit of Mt Buller to the summit of Mt Stirling.
In December 2011 as part of stage four, we launched Copperhead - brought to you by Specialized, Australia's very first flow down trail. Copperhead is a unique trail concept that incorporates a flow country style with a downhill edge suitable for both downhill and cross-country bikes and all types of riders. According to Glen Jacobs this trail is all about funk and flow, and marks the creation of a new style of riding that's never been seen before.
The Resort has received acclaim from industry, media and government, and in October 2012 was announced as Australia’s first International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) endorsed Ride Center, meaning it joins a select group of mountain biking destinations around the world that represent IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider.
Mt Buller’s newest trail is the Australian Alpine Epic – the jewel in the crown of Mt Buller’s decade-long commitment to building Australia’s premier mountain biking destination. The Australian Alpine Epic Trail, a 40km long-distance cross-country descending trail that takes in some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in the Australian Alps, was launched on 6 December 2014. The project received significant federal, state and local government funding, with over half a million dollars committed to the project. In August 2014 the Australian Alpine Epic Trail received IMBA ‘Epic’ accreditation. This latest endorsement from the world body of mountain biking means the trail has been recognised as world-class, and one that offers an iconic, diverse and high-quality backcountry riding experience. Since its launch, the trail has received acclaim from industry and visitors alike, and widely touted as one of the world’s greatest mountain bike rides.
The Australian Alpine Epic Trail begins in the Mt Buller Village, taking existing trails out to Howqua Gap before hitting Stonefly to reach the Mt Stirling summit and across to Telephone Box Junction. This is where the trail turns into a complete wilderness adventure, through stunning countryside and with incredible views, and finally reaching the descent of all descents – close to 10km of flowing singletrack that will leave riders speechless. The final kicker is the journey back along the Delatite River to Mirimbah Park – where tired legs can be rested, stories swapped and smiles never wiped off faces.
For further information about the EPIC Mountain Bike Trail Project please click here.
Mt Buller Resort Management, in conjunction with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) has developed emergency markers across the resort’s trail network, designed to pinpoint a 000 caller’s exact location during an emergency. This award-winning project provides an important service to riders in assisting to dispatch emergency services quickly and accurately.
Mt Buller’s newest feature is the Bike Buller Pump Track, a modular system that is positioned in the heart of the Village, next to the Blue Buller Chairlift.
Designed and constructed by award winning Czech company Bikeparkitect, the pump track is a man-made closed circuit, which differs from traditional pump tracks made of dirt in that it can be easily moved and remodelled to create endless course options for riders. Featuring numerous bumps, jumps, and berms, the track is the newest addition to Mt Buller’s continually evolving world class bike park.
The track is made up of 88 parts, is interchangeable and has 120 linear metres of rideable surface. It is designed to allow mountain bikers to ride the course continuously without pedalling, by using weight shifts (pumping) and gravity to drive momentum.
Check out a clip of one of the first rides on the pump track!