Mount Buffalo plateau is ideal for cross-country skiing. The gentle undulating landscape, spectacular sub-alpine environment and the convenience of marked ski trails, makes Mount Buffalo perfect for all standards of skiers. There are 14 km of marked trails as well as over 20 km of remote, unmarked trails, and almost unlimited off-track backcountry ski touring.
Cross-country ski trails
Cross-country skiers can enjoy 14 km of marked trails at Cresta Valley and on the Horn Road. All groomed trails start from the cross-country notice board adjacent to Cresta car park. There are no trail head fees! Experienced skiers may also ski off-track on the snow plains and unmarked trails of the plateau's back country.
The degree of difficulty of ski trails is identified by signs at the start and orange poles at intervals along the marked trails. Easiest ski trails are marked with green circles suiting beginners, such as the 1 km Loop Trail.
More difficult ski trails are marked with blue squares and suit intermediate skiers, such as the 4 and 6 km trails, Horn and Reservoir Roads and Lake Catani Ski Trail. Most difficult ski trails are marked with black
diamonds and are remote unmarked or back country areas, such as the Mount McLeod and Rocky Creek Tracks.
Marked and groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails
These marked easy and intermediate trails are frequently groomed, subject to sufficient snow cover. Cresta Loop Trail. (Groomed not marked with poles)
From the cross-country notice board, take a quick and easy return ski around the old ski towers . Bogong Loop Trail
This trail starts on on the plain adjacent to the car park and follows the high ground out past skeleton gully and back 4 K Trail (Ungroomed but marked with poles)
This excellent trail follows Bogong Plain around to Giants Playground, returning via Wirbill Plain and joining back into the 1 km Loop. 6 km Ski Trail. (Ungroomed not marked with poles)
As for 4 km trail and then take the 6 km turnoff at Grants Playground, joining back into the 4 km trail soon after this. This 2 km extension is marked but not groomed. Finish is the same as for the 4 km trail. Horn Road Ski Trail. (Groomed)
Start at the Horn Rd gate for a fine 6 km return ski up to the Horn Picnic Area, 1600m above sea level. Add 1 km if skiing from the cross-country notice board. Unmarked cross-country ski trails
These intermediate ski trails follow well graded roads, but are not marked except for the start, nor are they groomed. Lake Catani Ski Trail. (Ungroomed not marked with poles)
This 5 km return trail links Lake Catani with the Gorge Day Visitor Area. Start at the Lakeside Rd gate or from the lower Gorge carpark. Reservoir Road Ski Trail. (Ungroomed not marked with poles)
From the Reservoir Road gate near the Snow Clearing Depot, this 7 km return trail follows the closed road to the
Reservoir Picnic Area, and accesses the advanced cross-country ski trails and remote backcountry areas beyond. Remote and advanced cross-country ski trails
Rocky Creek Track. Begins at Reservoir Picnic Area via Reservoir Road Ski Trail. This remote track accesses Wild Dog Plains and Saltlick Plain. Mount McLeod Track. This 16 km return ski out to North Buffalo Plateau is limited to good snow. Start at turnoff 500 m prior to Reservoir Picnic Area. This track accesses the Mount McLeod remote campsite which is available for winter camping with a permit from the Entrance Station.
Bookings are recommended and a fee applies.
Cross-country skiing safety
Mount Buffalo plateau is a sub-alpine area where bad weather and blizzards can set in without warning. Observe the weather forecasts and trail conditions posted on the cross-country notice board. Rangers can be contacted in an
emergency. Winter facilities at Cresta Valley
Cresta Valley lodge was destroyed by fire in December 2006. Temporary facilities have been erected including a public shelter and toilets. Dingo Dell
Dingo Dell will remain open throughout the snow season and facilities include a cafe, heated public
shelter and toilets. Park at the large car park on the Mount Buffalo
Tourist Road and follow the signs 300 metres on foot to the toboggan run. Special Needs Access to Dingo Dell can be aranged by notifying the Park office prior to your visit on 03 57551466.
SOME SAFETY TIPS
Dont set out ill-equipped. As a minimum take a
waterproof jacket, warm clothing, hat, gloves,
drink, high energy snack, sunscreen and
Be aware of your physical limits and know how
to recognise the onset of cold exposure
Back country skiers should be proficient in
remote area navigation, especially in white out
Dont ski alone, ski tour in a group and let
someone know before you go. An intentions
book is located at the Park Office.
Do not obstruct main skier traffic and dont walk
on freshly groomed cross-country ski trails.
Do not ski on toboggan slopes or in snow play
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