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FALLS CREEK

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Located in North East Victoria Falls Creek boasts one of Australia's most reliable snow records and exciting challenging terrain. The terrain varies greatly throughout the resort from steep bump runs to long wide groomed runs to tree riding in the gums and gentle beginner slopes. The lifts are efficient and the staff welcoming and attentive.

The 2009 winter season welcomed the introduction of the Falls Creek, Hotham and Perisher ‘Super Pass’.  The super pass is a value for money season pass allowing the holder unlimited skiing and snowboarding at all 3 resorts over 2,000 hectares of terrain and 75 lifts.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Falls Creek

Advanced skiers and snowboarders have a lot of terrain available to them at Falls Creek. The Summit is a steep fast and long mogul field; one of the most challenging in the country.

All the terrain to the right of the International Poma is advanced, it is the place to go after a snowfall for some awesome tree skiing and snowboarding. Wishing Well is over 3kms of winding steep bumps lined by thick trees. The Valley of the Moon starts out as relatively open gentle terrain moving into tight treed sections and steep narrow paths on the lower areas.

Experts can experience the thrill of Cat skiing and snowboarding in steep powder bowls on neighbouring Mt McKay. The Cat skiing and snowboarding only operates in favourable conditions.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Falls Creek

Intermediates can basically cover the entire resort on groomed trails. A favourite intermediate area is the terrain around the Ruined Castle and Scott Chairlifts; it is wide, long and perfect for practicing giant GS turns.

For a really long run turn right at the top of the Summit Chairlift and test your skills down the steeper Skyline trail leading to Village Run, don’t stop at the base of the Summit Chairlift keep going down Final Muster to the base of the Gully Chairlift.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Falls Creek

Beginner skiers and snowboarders catch the Falls Express Chairlift to the top to locate the Falls Creek Snowsports School. The very gently sloping Board Walk Run is for first timers only and serviced by a magic carpet lift.

Drovers Dream and Panorama Runs are long and flat, just right for beginners to practice snowplough turns. At the end of the day Wombats Ramble, Falls Creek's longest beginner trail running off Drovers Dream leading down to the Village car park is the easiest way to access the Village. Recent increases in snowmaking equipment and snow fences established to stop fresh snow drifting off trails has ensured access to the Village all winter season.

Falls Creek offers free skiing or snowboarding for children aged 5 years and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Night Skiing and Snowboarding at Falls Creek

Night skiing and snowboarding is available at Falls Creek from 5pm onwards on Wednesday and Saturday nights on the Gully and Tube lifts.

First Tracks at Falls Creek

First Tracks skiing and snowboarding is available for twenty early risers every Thursday morning at Falls Creek.  Snow riders get to cruise the corduroy trails in Sun Valley for one hour before the lifts open to the public.

Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Falls Creek claims to be Australia’s best freeride and freestyle capital, it is hard to dispute this with 4 terrain parks all catering to differing ability levels. The advanced monster rail and terrain park located on Ruined Castle has some huge hits, big airs and rails.

The world class superpipe located to the left of the Summit Chairlift hosts frequent competitions throughout the season and is maintained daily.  A new mini pipe was created for the 2009 winter season in the beginner park enabling younger riders to get the feel of a pipe before venturing into the huge superpipe.

Other Activities at Falls Creek

There are numerous non skiing and snowboarding activities available at Falls Creek; snow biking, snow tubing, tobogganing at Windy Corner, bungy trampolining, scenic helicopter flights and grooming tours. Grooming tours enable guests to see first hand how the professional groomers work the slopes into perfect shape; each tour goes for approximately 50 minutes. more Falls Creek Activities

Shopping at Falls Creek

The Falls Creek Village has fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, a produce store and two licensed supermarkets.  There are multiple ski and snowboard equipment and rental shops, some of them deliver rental equipment directly to your door.

In 2008 $50 million was spent on the new St Falls Plaza created in the middle of the Village. The St Falls Plaza contains a new supermarket, retail shops, a ski and snowboard rental shop, restaurants, bars and 38 apartments.

Falls Creek Restaurants

The Falls Creek Village is scattered with cafes, restaurants and cosy bars. At the base of the Eagle Chairlift Café Max has a small sheltered sundeck and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the thick tasty toasted sandwiches a particular lunchtime favourite! Cloud 9 located at the top of the Falls Express Chairlift is a cafeteria style restaurant with a huge viewing sundeck, bar and coffee shop.

Back in the Village Snowdrift Lodge has an a la carte menu with an extensive wine list as does Astra Lodge’s restaurant which was voted best restaurant in the region by Alpine Style Magazine, the menu changes frequently and the service is 5 star. The Falls Creek Hotel has a cosy dining room with great summit views.

Falls Creek Nightlife

The nightlife is booming every night of the week at Falls Creek. The Frying Pan and The Man have music and dancing every night until late. The Falls Creek Hotel is famous for its happy hour each evening and live entertainment.

For a quite night head to the Cock and Bull, it is a friendly relaxing English style pub with an open fireplace and Guinness on tap.

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Richard H., Australia. I used to ride a lot at Buller, until I found falls Creek - It's a different resort to Buller - not as big or spread out but still as challenging and the people there are there to ride not to be seen unlike many at Buller. The fast trails to the right of the International Poma are usually quiet and you can zig zag your way in and out of the trees. The famous Summit is fast moguls steep and always a challenge while Ruined Castle area is a good option for flat out big GS turns. The village is all ski in ski out and the nightlife is thumping, start at The Man and end up at The Frying Pan. A good place to stay is the Falls Creek Hotel it is at the base of the village bowland totally ski in ski out included in the price is a 4 course dinner and a full cooked breakfast - it's great value for money

Samantha Pavan, Australia. If you want a good family ski holiday go to Falls Creek. It is very much an intermediate skiing mountain in relation to top world resorts but offers some challenges for the experts around the summit and maze areas, and for learning or cruising around so you can have fun with the kids and friends. It’s a pretty place and looks lovely from the top of the summit lift. There is good accommodation choices and everything is ski in ski out which is a bonus

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,043
1,842
Base
5,249
1,600
Average Snowfall
157 inches
Lifts
15
Trails - view map
92
80 km
Terrain %
advanced
23
intermediate
60
beginner
17
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
4
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