Outdoor adventurers and rogaining enthusiasts are set to take their sport to new heights with the introduction of snowgaining at Mt Buller. Snowgaining offers high altitude orienteering that requires participants to use a map and series of clues to navigate between checkpoints located around Mt Buller's snowfields, offering a great way to explore the resort and enjoy the alpine environment.
To participate in this activity, people simply collect a snowgaining card from any visitor information outlet in the Village, and then head out into the snowfields to find the nine checkpoints. Each checkpoint is identified by an orange and white panel (the standard international orienteering symbol), and features a unique hole punch that is to be used to mark the snowgaining card and prove the point has been discovered. Once the course has been finished, the completed card is to be returned to the Alpine Central Visitor Information Centre where the person will receive a prize for their efforts.
"Mt Buller is in a unique position in that it can offer rogaining - an activity that is popular worldwide - in a snow environment that poses new challenges and rewards for enthusiasts," said Ben Annear from Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management. "With the high level of snow that the resort is currently experiencing, there's never been a better time to get out on your skis, snowboard or snow shoes and take up the snowgaining challenge."
To celebrate the launch of this new activity, the resort will host the Mt Buller Winter Adventure Race on Saturday 26 July. This event involves pairs of competitors racing around Mt Buller to find all nine checkpoints within the quickest possible time. All competitors start and finish in the Mt Buller Village Square so that their race times can be recorded, with the winners announced once all registered teams have returned to the Village Square.
While most teams will utilize chairlifts (with their downhill skis and snowboards) to complete this course, the event also offers an Open Backcountry division, which limits competitors to only using human power to navigate the snowfields, such as snow shoes and cross country skis.
The Mt Buller Winter Adventure Race costs $25 per team to enter, and registrations are now available online via Eventbrite (eventbrite.com.au) which can be accessed directly or via the Mt Buller website.
Teams can register in one of a number of divisions including Open Male and Female Pairs, Junior Male and Female Pairs (14-17 years old) and Open Backcountry Pairs.There are a great range of prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category, and each entrant will receive an event pack, certificate of completion and a free ticket to the 2014 Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival screening in the Mt Buller Cinema on Saturday 26 July at 7pm.
For further information about snowgaining, the Mt Buller Winter Adventure Race or the Back Country Film Festival, please contact Resort Management on (03) 5777 6077 or visit mtbuller.com.au.
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Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management
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