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Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) Ski Resort

  • April 15, 2017
    from Australia

    In the interest of transparency, there is no resort here, no lift and no skiing. This is a great location for bushwalking/hiking and the surrounds are justifiably acclaimed for their winemaking (with associated tourism opportunities) but if you want to ski on snow, you'll first need to travel several thousand kilometres away from here. Snow falls upon Bluff Knoll two or three times per year on average, and only for minutes at a time (I am unable to post a link, but a search for "ABC News Australia Snow falls on Bluff Knoll as hikers brave freezing temperatures" should lead to an article that will tell you everything you need to know). The closest ski resort is on the other side of the Australian continent, however, there is compelling evidence to suggest that better value can be had by travelling to either Japan or New Zealand.

  • Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) Ratings

    Overall: 3.9. Based on 1 vote and 11 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges).

    Public Transport: 5.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 5.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 2.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges).

    Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 1.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 5.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 5.0

    (1) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 5.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 5.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 5.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.0

    (1) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 1.0

    (1) The staff at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 5.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 1.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 5.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 2.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 1.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 1.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 5.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 5.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 5.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 5.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 5.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 4.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 5.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • August 08, 2016
    from Australia

    Awesome day skiing Bluff Knoll. Best snow I have ever seen up here. Bring on tomorrow.

  • August 08, 2016
    from Australia

    Bring your rock hoppers. You're going to need them. But those chutes... some of the best in the country. Just a pity there is never enough snow to ski them. Still, it's a beautiful place to go walking.

  • June 14, 2014
    from Australia

    Good to have this gives us an indication in the eastern states...what is on its way...Thanks...

  • April 21, 2014
    from Australia

    I live near the Bluff Knoll, Stirlings and it is a joke if people think they can ski! It rarely gets a tiny bit of snow up top but it only lasts for a few hours - this might only happen every five years.

  • July 18, 2012
    from Australia

    Thanks for having this option on the website for us. It's a handly little tool (email alerts). For people like myself who have not seen snow before, I can't wait to get the email saying a few cms might be on the horizon.

  • December 28, 2010
    from Australia

    Where's Bluff Knoll? Somebody is having a lend of readers, There aint no such place to go skiing. Try Thredbo or Perisher maybe. Better still get on a long flight overseas.

    Editor - There is no ski resort here, but there is usually a dusting of snow a two or three times every winter - something that doesn't happen reliably anywhere else in Western Australia. We added forecasts following a request from someone in nearby Albany. Sometimes the snow can accumulate to a reasonable depth, say once very five or six years, but there is too much rock and thick vegetation at the top for back country skiing.

  • January 26, 2010
    from Australia

    You must be mad if you think you can ski off Bluff Knoll. It snows maybe 1-2 inches every 5 or 6 years. You should pack a chute if you attempt this, but it wouldn't help, just make it easier for people to locate your body. Try water-skiing in Albany.

  • February 21, 2009
    from Australia

    Bluff Knoll (Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges)) and the surrounding hills are beautiful to visit. They sometimes get snow at winter but normally it does not last long either a day or two.
    It's the first time I've heard anybody ski down Bluff Knoll. The terrain is steep and very rocky in points and there is no official ski field here. If you do ski off the cliff side of the mountain it's at least 500metres or more straight down to hard rock and bush. Lots of native bush everywhere since its located within a National Park.
    Hiking to the top at Bluff Knoll (Stirling Ranges) takes up to 4 hours to reach; vertical cliffs at the top of the mountain await you and a small plateau with rocky outcrops and boulders.

  • December 07, 2006
    from United States

    I'm from that region of the world. 270 km or so away. I have a feeling Cooper might be taking the pizz :). I would definately say that it isn't worth visiting this area for the sole purpose of skiing. You'd definitely be disappointed. If you have the chance, enjoy, if that's the right word. Then immediately go and buy a lottery ticket.