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Falls Creek

Falls Creek is our favorite downhill ski resort. That is why we established our accommodation as close to Falls Creek as possible. This was before we discovered the fantastic cross country skiing opportunities and mountain biking based from Mount Beauty.

Why we prefer Falls

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Excellent reliable snow falls. A good altitude, good orientation of slopes and very extensive snow making using the hydro water. In a good season you can rely of Falls being as good as anywhere. In a poor season if is skiable anywhere it is skiable at Falls.

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Good season length. Falls is always one of the first resorts in Australia to have reasonable snow cover and one of the last to finish.

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Excellent slope grooming over many years and the southern orientation of the Sun Valley slopes means the resort holds it's snow well.

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Wide variety of slopes. 
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Beginner to challenging advanced in the Village Bowl area. Cornices, long bump runs, and long groomed runs. Some runs are summit to car park.

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Wide open spaces for beginner to Advanced runs in the Sun Valley area with the majority of runs intermediate. Plus Wombats Ramble at 2.2 km the longest beginner run in Australia.

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Interesting advanced tree skiing runs up to 3 kms in the Maze Area.

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Snowboard Park.

     trailmap.jpg (64386 bytes)    Falls Creek downhill trail map

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You can usually find somewhere reasonable to ski in all but the very worst weather.

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A terrain layout which makes it quick and easy to get from any part of the ski area to another.

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Superb layout for day visitors from Mount Beauty. Each of the three day car parks are situated steps away from lift access. You can ski off and ski right back almost to your car.

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Quick and easy access from the day car parks to any part of the resort. You can easily ski back to your car for lunch and back out again with a minimum of fuss. Your own picnic at your car can be a big cost saver. 

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There are eating and take away facilities and good public shelter facilities at each of the day car parks. Plenty of opportunity for you to picnic inside on a poor day.

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The winter access to Falls Creek is excellent. The use of chains being the exception rather than the rule. The road stays sheltered and below the snowline for most of the distance. The last climb into Falls Creek is on the north side assisting the clearing of the snow after major falls.

Lift Tickets

There so many angles on lift ticket discounts that we thought that it would be worthwhile to try and summarise them all in one list.

  1. All skiers and boarders need a Reloadable RFID Media card cost $3
  2. A Hero pass and Season pass can be cheaper from 9 days skiing depending on when you buy the pass.
  3. The cheapest ticket is a Falls Beginners Ticket which includes a lesson and is valid on 3 beginner lifts.
  4. The next best value ticket is the Learn to Ski and Board Ticket which is a progressive ticket up to 5 days.
  5. Purchase a 5 day or greater lift pass and ski/ride for FREE from 1pm the day prior to the start date of your ticket.
  6. Unless the snow or weather is very doubtful it pays to buy your lift tickets before arrival, Purchase 7 Days in Advance save10%, Purchase 14 Days in Advance save 15% www.skifalls.com.au/eStore
  7. Lower prices for youths 15-18 years inclusive. Must produce Student ID.
  8. If you are a Full Time Tertiary Student with a current student card, you are eligible to receive 50% off the price of 1 Day lift pass every Friday during the snow season
  9. Flexible ticketing duration allows you to schedule rest days and cater for wind hold days: 5 out of 7 Days, 6 out of 8 Days, 7 out of 9 Days
  10. Mums coffee club discounted lift and lesson ticket if you have a child in full day sports school.
  11. A 2 hour parentís pass is available.
  12. Senior: 65-69 years inclusive get half price.
  13. Over 70's & Children 5 & Under ski free. Donít leave the grandparents behind, they ski for free and get you a discount on resort entry.

 

Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham is an excellent ski resort. It usually gets a little more snow than Falls Creek and the initial fall is often slightly drier. The village is near the top of the mountain and the access road very exposed at high altitude for a considerable distance. Generally the slope grooming is not as good as Falls Creek and some of the key areas are more quickly affected by the sun.

In a very good snow season with excellent weather Mt Hotham is hard to beat. We recommend that you give it a try. However to really enjoy the experience pick your day. A bumper snow cover will ensure that you have a good variety of runs to choose from.

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To drive to Mt Hotham from Mount Beauty takes approximately an extra half an hour assuming chains are not required.

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If the cover is very good and the weather excellent spending your last day at Mt Hotham can be a practical idea.

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Your multi-day lift ticket is valid at both resorts.

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Check the local radio snow reports for information about snow cover, weather and chain fitting.

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Unless you are very experienced in snow driving consider seriously before taking this option when chains are required. The ridge approach to Mt Hotham can be slow and difficult when the road conditions require chains for a considerable distance.

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We do not recommend this option in poor weather. Being cold and wet on the exposed top of the mountain may not be a pleasant  way to end your holiday and drive home.

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