Falls Creek

Ski Resort in Australia

Introduction

Falls Creek is a ski resort in North-East Victoria. It's one of six ski resorts in Victoria and ten in Australia. It boasts a charming ski in ski out alpine village nestled in snowgums and 450 ha of skiable terrain served by 14 state-of-the-art lifts, and a 280 m vertical drop. It has the best snowmaking system in Victoria, covering most beginner and intermediate terrain, served by Australia's highest significant body of water, the Rocky Valley Reservoir. Falls Creek is 350 kilometres (220 miles) by road from Melbourne, with the nearest town Mount Beauty, approximately 30 km (20 mi) away. The resort lies between an elevation of 1,210 and 1,830 m (3,970 and 6,004 ft) above sea level, with the highest lifted point at 1,780 m (5,840 ft).

Falls Creek is beginner/intermediate friendly, with almost 80% of the resort dedicated to these types of skiers/snowboarders. However, Australia's notoriously fickle snow conditions ensure that snowmaking using the water from the nearby Rocky Valley Lake is sometimes, particularly early in the season, the main source of skiable snow. Consequently, like all Australian snowfields, Falls Creek's customer base is almost entirely domestic, however many international cross country skiers travel to Falls Creek for the Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia's Worldloppet event on the last Saturday of August and international snowboarders to Stylewars, The Australian Slopestyle Championships and Australia's highest sanctioned TTR World Tour event held in the first week of September.

The resort features 4,500 accommodation beds, and consequently a large number of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to amuse the guests at night. Some apartments are privately owned, but the resort's management requires that they must be available for hire when not occupied.

The resort also serves as a summer base to explore the national park surrounding the resort.

Falls Creek is accessible by the Bogong High Plains Road from Mount Beauty all year round, though like all of Australia's snow resorts snow chains must be carried during winter and fitted if directed. The road continues across the High Plains and descends to meet the Omeo Highway north of the hamlet of Anglers Rest, however the route from this side is closed during the snow season.

In summer both routes are popular with cyclists, and various cycling events are held that involve climbing to the resort, including the popular SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge (recently renamed to Falls Creek Peaks Challenge).


Falls Creek info card

LocationAlpine National Park
Australian Alps
Victoria, Australia
Nearest cityMount Beauty - 30 km (20 mi)
Wodonga
Coordinates36.865°S 147.273°ECoordinates: 36.865°S 147.273°E
Vertical   380 m (1,247 ft)
Top elevation1,780 m (5,840 ft)
Base elevation1,400 m (4,593 ft)
Skiable area450 ha (1,110 acres)
Runs92
17% beginner
60% intermediate
23% advanced
Longest run3 km (1.9 mi), Wishing Well
Lift system14 lifts
Terrain parks4
Snowfall4 m (160 in) per year
Snowmakinglimited
Night skiinglimited, Wed & Sat 6–9 pm
Websitefallscreek.com.au


Quick Statistics

  • Highest elevation: 1,842 m (6,043 ft)
  • Highest lifted elevation: 1,780 m (5,840 ft)
  • Village elevation: 1,600 m (5,250 ft)
  • Number of lifts: 14

In winter

  • Snowline elevation: 1,100 m (3,610 ft)
  • Average yearly snowfall: 4 m (160 in)
  • Average days open in winter: 128

Alpine

  • Number of Runs: 92+
  • Longest advanced run: Wishing Well, 3 km (1.9 mi)
  • Longest beginner run: Wombats Ramble, 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
  • Terrain mix: 17%  beginner, 60%  intermediate, 23%  advanced

Cross country

  • Number of trails: 21
  • Groomed trail network: 65 km (40 mi)
  • Longest trail: Rocky Valley Dam Loop, 21 km (13 mi)
  • Terrain mix: Beginner 33%, Intermediate 48%, Advanced 19%

Lifts

  • International Poma: 4:50 per ride, 1,525 to 1,775 m (5,003 to 5,823 ft); vertical rise of 250 m (820 ft)
  • Gully Chair (3 person)
  • Summit Chair (4 person)
  • Eagle Chair (3 person)
  • Falls Creek Express (4 person detachable): 3:35 per ride, 1,560 to 1,750 m (5,118 to 5,741 ft); vertical rise of 190 m (623 ft)
  • Drovers Dream Chair: 6:45, 1,640 to 1,745 m (5,381 to 5,725 ft).; vertical rise of 105 m (344 ft)
  • Towers Chair (4 person): 6:00 per ride, 1,615 to 1,745 m (5,299 to 5,725 ft); vertical rise of 130 m (427 ft)
  • Board Walk
  • Mouse Trap
  • Monkey Bars
  • Lakeside Poma
  • Scotts Chair (4 person): 6:00 per ride, 1,615 to 1,740 m (5,299 to 5,709 ft); vertical rise of 125 m (410 ft)
  • Ruined Castle Chair (4 person): 4:30 per ride, 1,655 to 1,775 m (5,430 to 5,823 ft); vertical rise of 120 m (390 ft)

Falls Creek Snow

Falls Creek Alpine Resort receives an average of 4 metres of snow per season, and it has plenty of snowmaking capability that covers 110 hectares of terrain. As a result, FC tends to fare a little better than some of the other Australian ski resorts in early season, or when the snow conditions are iffy.

As with other skiing in Australia, the Falls Creek snow conditions can vary significantly and sometimes rain and warm temps can create havoc with the snow quality.


Falls Creek Accommodation

The lovely Falls Creek village offers more than 4,000 beds, catering to a wide range of budgets from economical up to luxurious. Accommodation types include lots of apartments, hotels, ski clubs, and commercial lodges.


Facilities

Falls Creek ski resort facilities and services include ski school, crèche (for ages 12 weeks to 5 years), ski and snowboard hire, and ski and snowboard retail shops. The amenities are mostly spread across three main hubs of the resort (mid-mountain Village Bowl, Gully at one base, and Slalom Plaza at another base at the bottom of the Falls Express lift). Kids’ ski school drop off is at the top of the Falls Express lift at Cloud 9, whilst child care is at the bottom of the same lift.

There are a handful of on-mountain eateries including the crappy food at the Cloud 9 cafeteria, or it’s easy enough to ski into the village to get lunch at a nice restaurant (or return to your lodge for last night’s leftovers). Falls Creek has a decent number of restaurants and bars for evening fare.


Activities

Cross country skiing at Falls Creek is pretty good, with a network of more than 65km of groomed trails that start right from the village. Falls is well known for the international cross country skiing event with the very strange name of the Kangaroo Hoppet!

There are various child-centric winter activities on offer including snow tubing, tobogganing, Pete the Snow Dragon appearances, fireworks displays, and night skiing.

Transportation - Get In


By car 

Falls Creek is 388 km from Melbourne, approximately a 4.5 hour drive. It is reached via the Hume Highway, Great Alpine Road and Kiewa Valley Highway to Mt. Beauty, followed by a 30km drive up the Bogong High Plains Road. Chains are compulsory at all times during the nominated ski season (June-October), and the road is listed as a hazardous road.


By bus 

Falls Creek Coaches operate bus services from Southern Cross Train Station, in Melbourne, as well as a bus from Albury, NSW, which connects with Qantaslink plane services from Melbourne and Sydney, as well as train services. Another option is to park at the secure carpark in Mt. Beauty, then take the bus up in safety.


Oversnow 

As the village streets aren't cleared it is sometimes necessary to take the Village Oversnow, a taxi service which delivers you and your bags to your lodge, hotel or apartment. Keep in mind that it can be very expensive (>100) for a large family, and it is worth considering booking accommodation closer to the road so that you can walk up.

Transportation - Get Around

Falls Creek is Australia's only entirely ski in, ski out village. It is located between 1600 and 1520m, and has nine streets, the main ones being Falls Creek Road and Slalom Street. The main buildings include the Falls Creek Hotel, Freauf Village, Huski, the Hub and Saint Falls.

A free village shuttle service also operates, as well as a taxi which is able to take you to and from restaurants to your lodge. The village has a year round speed limit of 30km/h, which is expected to be observed by skiers, but often isn't.

Ski Area

Falls Creek Ski Resort has 14 lifts, 90 marked trails, and 450 hectares of skiable terrain, which is the largest in Victoria, although this stat becomes rather laughable when you compare the size of the resort to many in North America and Europe! Much of the Falls Creek ski and snowboard terrain is groomed within an inch of its life, and not many slopes are left au natural for the bumps skiers.

The beginners have 17% of the trails and the terrain is very good because it’s largely dedicated and free from hoons. Wombat’s Ramble is pretty sheltered from the elements, but the other main beginners area is somewhat exposed on foul weather days.

Sun Valley also has mellow blue runs next door that make for easy progression, and there are truckloads of other groomed blue runs for intermediates (60% of trails).

Falls Creek Victoria is not known for its steeps, hence why some experienced skiers call it “Flat Creek”. Officially 23% of the trails are rated as advanced, but unfortunately these slopes are generally the last to open and first to close, and are closed if the snow conditions are marginal. The Summit black runs are often groomed (making them great for strong intermediates), although there are some rock features in places that provide a bit of a challenge for advanced riders. If you’ve got the endurance to repetitively ride the International poma lift, there is some fun tree skiing to be had in The Maze (just take care off-piste or you might falls into the creek…!!).

The only real expert terrain is located in the backcountry on Mt McKay, which offers some chutes and other steeps.

Falls Creek Resort has a pretty good set up for terrain park junkies. The park under the Ruined Castle chair lift has a good range of features and is particularly ideal for show ponies!

Ski lifts & pass


Lifts

  • International Poma: 4:50 per ride, 1,525 to 1,775 m (5,003 to 5,823 ft); vertical rise of 250 m (820 ft)
  • Gully Chair (3 person)
  • Summit Chair (4 person)
  • Eagle Chair (3 person)
  • Falls Creek Express (4 person detachable): 3:35 per ride, 1,560 to 1,750 m (5,118 to 5,741 ft); vertical rise of 190 m (623 ft)
  • Drovers Dream Chair: 6:45, 1,640 to 1,745 m (5,381 to 5,725 ft).; vertical rise of 105 m (344 ft)
  • Towers Chair (4 person): 6:00 per ride, 1,615 to 1,745 m (5,299 to 5,725 ft); vertical rise of 130 m (427 ft)
  • Board Walk
  • Mouse Trap
  • Monkey Bars
  • Lakeside Poma
  • Scotts Chair (4 person): 6:00 per ride, 1,615 to 1,740 m (5,299 to 5,709 ft); vertical rise of 125 m (410 ft)
  • Ruined Castle Chair (4 person): 4:30 per ride, 1,655 to 1,775 m (5,430 to 5,823 ft); vertical rise of 120 m (390 ft)

LIFT PASS PRICING

ADULT 2017 (LIFT ONLY)

Consecutive DaysBuy Online
(1-13 days in advance)
Buy Online
(14+ Days in advance)
Weekend (2 Days)$216$193
2 Days$233$208
3 Days$325$291
4 days$426$382
5 Days$521$466
6 Days$607$543
7 Days$686$614
1 Day$123$123

CHILD / SENIOR (LIFT ONLY)

Consecutive DaysBuy Online
(1-13 days in advance)
Buy Online
(14+ days in advance)
Weekend (2 Days)$121$108
3 Days$182$163
4 Days$239$214
5 Days$292$261
6 Days$340$304
7 Days$384$344

*Child 6-17 years old / Senior 65-69 years old

ON THE DAY (LIFT ONLY)

Consecutive DaysADULTCHILD (6-17 years) / SENIOR (65-69 years)OVER 70 / 5 & Under
½ Day (Open - 1pm)$116$65FREE
½ Day (1pm - Close)$108$60FREE
1 day$129$72FREE
Weekend (2 days)$227$127FREE
2 Days$245$137FREE
3 Days$342$192FREE
4 out of 6 days$449$251FREE
5 out of 6 days$548$307FREE
6 out of 8 days$639$358FREE
7 out of 9 days$722$405FREE

Activities & Things to do

Snowsports are the main attractions, but in winter and summer there are a range of activities. Snow biking, snow tubing and tobogganing are popular, as well as snow bocce, a kid's show, a night show, and bungy trampolining.


Skiing

Falls Creek has the largest amount of skiable terrain in Victoria, at 450 ha, as well as 200 ha of advanced and expert terrain accessed by a snowcat. 17% of resort terrain is beginner, 60% is intermediate, and 23% is rated as advanced. The resort is divided into 2 sides, the Sun Valley side and the Village Side. The Sunvalley side is colder, as it faces south, and needs less snow to open, and thus is normally the first part of the mountain to open at the beginning of the season, due to the extensive snowmaking coverage. Half of the village side consists of gentle runs, including gently sloping roads which serve as 'home trails'. The other half is covered by three lifts, and contains the resorts black terrain, including the 'Summit', 'The Maze', and the 'International' run.

The resort rises from a base of 1500 m below the village to 1780 metres above it, with all the runs on the back side being above 1600 m, meaning that can be raining down below but nice snow on over the back. The ski school is located at Cloud Nine, at the top of a quad detatchable chairlift. It has a fenced off beginners area, and is near to Australia's first covered lift, Mousetrap, a moving carpet.


Night Shows

Falls Creek comes alive with a spectacular night show featuring skiing demos, retro fashions, Pete the Dragon, synchronised snowmobiles, spinning Kassbohrers and an awesome fireworks display. Thursday nights 8.00 pm for 25 minutes during July and August.


Snowman Competition

Join our Snowman Building Competitions. We'll push in and pile up the snow, you sculpt the snowman! Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 4.30 pm in the Village Bowl.


Snoccé

It’s Boccé for the snow. Challenge your family and friends to a game on our groomed Snoccé courts in the Village Bowl. Play in our regular competitions or just for fun. Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 4.30pm in the Village Bowl.


Pete the Dragon Show

Falls Creek’s celebrity Snow Dragon returns with his own free stage show this season. Check out Pete as he hits the stage in the Village Bowl with loads of fun and games, prizes and activities. Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 5.00 pm in the Village Bowl. Everyone welcome, although most suitable for 3-6 yrs.


Night Skiing

When the sun goes down the skiing and boarding doesn’t have to stop. Have a blast riding the trails around Gully and The Tube lifts after dark when we light up the Village Bowl. Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8.00 pm.


Snow Tubing

Spin, bounce, bump and laugh your way downhill on a snow tube in our purpose built Snow Tube Park. Great fun for the whole family right in the heart of Falls Creek - the Village Bowl. Daily 11.00 am to 8.00 pm


Bungy Trampoline

Learn aerial manoeuvres and tumbling tricks, bounce into orbit or soar with the snowflakes on our Bungy. Part trampolining, part bungy jumping equals heaps of fun in the Village Bowl.


Tobogganing

Families with kids of all ages love the exhilarating experience of tobogganing! The Falls Creek Toboggan slope is located at Windy Corner, near the Cross Country Ski trail head. Toboggans are available from most snowsport rental outlets throughout the village or from the Cross Country Ski Centre at the Windy Corner carpark (please be advised that for liability reasons the designated toboggan slope is the only location at Falls Creek that tobogganing is legally permitted. Check the toboggan slope is open before you rent equipment. Snow tubing is a great alternative if tobogganing is not available).


Nordic Snowshoeing

If you can walk you can snowshoe - it’s easy & fun! We’ll guide you through ancient alpine forests and safely beyond the fringes of Falls Creek to explore our winter wonderland. Available Thursdays 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Sunset Tours

Experience the beauty of an alpine sunset from 1800 metres! Watch the sunset over the mountains whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles and gourmet picnic hamper on top of the Summit. Thursday evenings, approx 1hour, includes return Summit chairlift ride.


Grooming Tours

Climb aboard a heated snow grooming machine and watch our grooming gurus in action. Get a whole new view on the resort while you discover the science behind achieving perfectly groomed corduroy slopes.


Snow Bikes

Falls Creek is the only resort in Australia where you can slide a ski trail on a bike made for the snow. Grab a bunch of friends and have a ball trying to master the art of riding a snow bike. Daily from the Snowsports School between 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 5:00pm to 8.00pm in the Village Bowl.


Heli-Link

Cruise over to Hotham aboard the Helicopter Lift Link and in just 6 minutes you can be riding a whole new resort on the same lift pass. That’s a whole new resort to ride and explore!


Mt McKay Tours

Ski or snowboard the steep terrain of Mt McKay for that black diamond rush or carve the wide open powder bowls of Rocky Knolls and Dam Site for the ultimate backcountry experience. Operates when conditions permit, transport provided, guides make ability assessment prior to departure.

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