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May 27, 2021 9 min read
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You're just in time to get first-hand knowledge and insights before the opening of the mountain for yet another beautiful snow season. Falls Creek is a pedestrian-only ski-in ski-out snow-laden village, and we may be biased, but it's undoubtedly the prettiest resort in Australia. The trails at Falls Creek are separated between beginner and advanced levels, ready for any ability of rider to hit the slopes with confidence. Frueauf Village, located in the heart of the fine wine and dining precinct of central Falls Creek; the home trails connect directly to the Village, allowing a true ski-in and ski-out experience with easy access to all Falls Creek has to offer.
Highest elevation - 1,849m
Chair lifts – 23
Runs - 92
Terrain – 17% beginners / 60% intermediate / 23% advanced
Vertical drop – 267m
Groomed skiing area – 145 ha
Cross country skiing – 21 trails / 65km groomed trail
Winter season - opens on the Queen's Birthday weekend in June and lasts, on average, for 128 days, ending at the start of October
Village Altitude – 1,600m
Food & Beverage - 35+ Outlets (Winter)
Melbourne to Falls Creek – Falls Creek is the furthest snow resort from Melbourne CBD, but it’s well worth the trek; roughly a 5-5.5hr drive depending on the route you choose. Pack lots of snacks, pop on a good playlist and enjoy the drive up to the mountain with friends or family.
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Falls Creek's diverse terrain is ideal for all skill levels. They have runs like Wombats Ramble, the longest green run in Australia, and Drovers Dream, the dream run for beginner riders. Intermediates are spoilt for choice, with the blue runs of Sun Valley and Ruined Castle providing an excellent range of gradually more challenging runs to test themselves.
For the serious rider, almost a quarter of the skiable area at Falls Creek is advanced terrain; this means steep and fast black runs with plenty of trees and powder stashes.
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You will need somewhere to stay for your trip, whether that’s staying in the thick of the village action or off-mountain at nearby Mount Beauty and Bogong Village. Falls Creek is 100% ski-in ski-out in ideal peak snow conditions, so staying in the Village offers great convenience for travel-free access to the snow. Mount Beauty provides another option with plenty of accommodation in the valley below, just a 40-minute drive away.
QT Falls Creek Resort – Located at the base of the Main Ski Runs
QT Falls Creek Resort, located at the bottom of the main ski runs, the trendy 1-to3-bedroom apartments provide insane views and amenities to make you feel at home. The QT hotel offers an indoor and outdoor plunge pool, spa, sauna, and steam room. Sit on your private balcony and plan your day on the slopes as you look out over the valley, mountains and ski fields. This luxurious stay at QT Falls Creek will have you never wanting to leave.
Image - Qantas Hotels, QT Falls Creek
Huski Luxury Apartments - 400m from Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Huski is a 5-star resort located in the heart of Falls Creek Village. After a hard day on the slopes, relax in your private hot tub on the balcony and breathe in the Alpine air. Huski Luxury Apartments offers excellent ski-in/ski-out access and includes a restaurant for you to enjoy and relax at with family or friends. Every apartment has heated marble floors, the perfect addition to your stay in the middle of winter.
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Alpha Ski lodge – Located in Falls Creek Village
If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Falls Creek, Alpha Ski Lodge is a non-profit ski club open to the public. Located in the Village, just behind the home trail, the lodge boasts excellent views of Falls Creek and true ski-in and ski-out access. Alpha Ski Lodge offers multiple rooms catering to different group sizes, perfect if you are traveling on a budget and want to make some incredible memories with family or friends.
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Falls Creek Country Club - Gully Triple Chair and the International Poma are only metres away
The Falls Creek Country Club is a popular spot on the mountain, offering over 68 apartments ranging from standard to deluxe, also allowing you to treat yourself with a suite or penthouse. The Falls Creek Country Club is set apart from other accommodation due to its convenient driveway access from the main road, saving you money and time. Relax in the heated indoor swimming pool, spa, and sauna, and dine in the licensed restaurant and bar in the winter months.
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Elk at Falls – Located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Right in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort, you will find Elk at Falls in an unbeatable ski-in ski-out location. A complete architectural refurbishment inside and out, the new luxury apartments and suites offer a blend of contemporary style, comfort, and privacy. Elk at Falls also contains a stunning restaurant boasting a comfy interior and 360-degree fireplace, open throughout the day for your convenience.
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Some Place Else – Located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Someplace Else Bar and Grill is Falls Creeks best place for burgers, beer, and wine. A buzzing atmosphere, with a fantastic menu to choose from, perfect for kids with fussy taste buds. They are known for excellent service, generous serving sizes, and reasonable prices for a restaurant on the mountain.
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Milch Café Bar - Frueauf Village
Milch Café Bar has everything you need on the menu for a delicious meal - indulge in share plates, delicious main meals and there is also a kid’s menu available; also serving up vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Our personal favourite is the pulled pork bao's, the perfect treat after a long day on the slopes.
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Summit Ridge - Positioned on the highest street in Falls Creek
Locals and visitors well regard Summit Ridge Restaurant. They offer exceptional food, friendly service, and a fantastic ambience that creates a truly memorable experience. Summit Ridge Restaurant has a five-course and eight-course Degustation Menu that are not to be missed.
Image – Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge, Dining
Cloud 9 – Top of Halley's Chairlift
A top menu at the top of the mountain, Cloud 9 is an iconic venue in Falls Creek. After ripping up the slopes in the morning, the perfect lunch break location is at the top of Halley's Chairlift. Cloud 9 offers various food and drinks with wood-fired pizza, pasta, a carvery, gourmet sandwiches, and a range of sweet and savory treats, including pastries, muffins, and great coffee.
Image - Falls Creek, Cloud 9
The Last Hoot - Located at the bottom of the Falls Creek Express
The Last Hoot is renowned for excellent service and fantastic Italian food. The perfect stop after finishing up your last run on the mountain for the day and indulge in some delicious food. The Last Hoot is popular for its for quick service, big serving sizes, and reasonably priced food, ideal for families and big groups of people.
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The Frying Pan Inn – Located in Falls Creek’s Village Bowl
The Frying Pan Inn is a fun-filled bar and grill in the heart of Falls Creek's famous Village Bowl. Enjoy classic craft beers and superbly prepared barbecue dishes in an elegant rustic-inspired pub atmosphere. The Frying Pan Inn offers a smart, contemporary setting to complement unique food and beverage offerings.
Apartment 3 – Located in the heart of Falls Creek Village
Apartment 3 boasts luxurious finishes, sensory lighting, and curated playlists to keep you unwinding long into the night. Grab a signature or classic cocktail created by the house mixologist and lap up the chilled atmosphere after a long day on the slopes. A boutique selection of local and international wines, ciders, and beers – including two on tap, are served. It is conveniently located at Elk at Falls, right in the heart of Falls Creek Village.
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Image - Apartment 3, Falls Creek
If skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, or you're looking for a rest day but not sure what else to do, Falls Creek offers a range of activities and experiences for you to get involved in at the snow.
The night show is a remarkable show that everyone loves, with synchronized skiing and a firework display that occurs every Thursday night during July and August which is extraordinary. The Night Show is an excellent experience for the whole family, set under lights, it features some of Falls Creek's most accomplished skiers, boarders, Kassie operators, and the family favourite, Pete the Snow Dragon. Located in the Village Bowl at 8pm, it's an on-snow entertainment extravaganza for everyone.
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Falls Creek Snowsports School
Skiing and Snowboarding is a given at Falls Creek, with many incredible runs catering to everyone's abilities. Lessons are available at Falls Creek Snowsports School, and they are renowned as one of the best in the world with professional skiing and snowboarding instructors from all over the globe. Whether you're new to the slopes or a seasoned rider, getting involved in a ski school lesson will speed up your learning and have you confidently crushing the slopes in no time.
Cross Country Skiing at Falls Creek
Cross country skiing in Falls Creek is home to over 65km of groomed trails, one of the most expansive trail networks of any resort in the country. Take in breathtaking panoramic views across the vast plains, deep valleys, snowy mountains, and majestic Rocky Valley Lake. You don't need a lift pass to get on the trails, thus, cross country is an excellent way to experience the snow on a budget. A purpose-built instruction and training area is also on hand to make the sport more accessible than ever.
Falls Creek Night Skiing
If you think skiing during the day is fun, Falls Creek offers night skiing every Wednesday and Saturday night, and it's truly a blast. Experience Australia's longest beginner run, Wombats Ramble, under high voltage Green Power floodlights which light up the trail from the top of Falls Express at Cloud 9 all the way downhill to QT. The 2.2-kilometer-long run is fun for everyone; grab the kids, gather some mates and experience the excitement of skiing under lights while the stars are shining.
Purchase a Snow Pass at Falls Creek and you can pre-load your days of skiing online and pass through the automatic gates in a breeze. Your snow pass is a reusable credit card-sized ticket that you store in your jacket or pants while skiing or snowboarding. It only costs $5 and once you have one you don't need to buy another.
Image - Falls Creek, Group Ski Lessons
Using the lifts at Falls Creek is easy, thanks to RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. It notifies the gates at each lift to open when you approach. Rather than scrambling around trying to pull out your lift pass each time you get to the chairlift, the gate scans it automatically. Put your Snow Pass Card in your left-hand jacket pocket or a pocket on the left side of your body, and you'll be ready to hit the slopes in a breeze.
Now you're a whizz on what Falls Creek has to offer, come into Auski or shop online and get suited up in an outfit that's incredibly comfortable and boasts top-level performance. If you liked the style of this blog, check out our guide to Mt Buller and Mansfield or Mt Perisher for more tips and tips to Australia's incrediblemountains.
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