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Visitor reviews for Falls Creek Ski Resort
June 17, 2010
JJamesSanFrancisco from United States
Falls Creek is beautiful and for a cross-country skier like myself there are miles and miles to explore. You can ski right out to some of those old cattlemans huts like from the Man from Snowy River which is cool.
I found it a little difficult to get to Falls Creek, but ended up travelling with a group called Mountainhound -mountainhound.com.au who run all inclusive packages to Falls Creek. This included transport from the Melbourne CBD in a van rather than a bus. I found booking very easy, all through one website, rather than having to search around and find accommodation, transport etc for myself.
I am a cross country skier so I booked a ski package excluding lift tickets which still included off-the-snow accommodation and everything else - 2 nights accommodation, transport, 3 dinners, resort entry and a backpack (which is actually decent, still using it!) with gourmet snacks and special deals on gear and food inside.
Falls Creek Ratings
Based on 4 votes. Vote
(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 Falls Creek.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Falls Creek, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Falls Creek, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Falls Creek.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Falls Creek, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Falls Creek is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Falls Creek relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Falls Creek, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Falls Creek are groomed daily.
(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) Falls Creek is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Falls Creek, 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: 4.2
(1) Falls Creek 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at Falls Creek are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Falls Creek are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 4.8
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Falls Creek has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Falls Creek, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 4.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Falls Creek, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Falls Creek, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Falls Creek has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(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.
(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.
(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: 2.5
(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.
(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: 4.0
(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: 3.5
(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): 4.2
(1) Overall, Falls Creek 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): 2.5
(1) Overall, Falls Creek 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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June 11, 2010
jgiraqui from United States
I have to say, it's about time someone in Australia set up a great packaged snow trip from Melbourne; getting a great deal to the snow is challenging enough without having to make all the arrangements yourself. I've been skiing for years in the US and there are packages all over the place that make getting to the snow easy. Falls Creek is beautiful and for a cross-country skier, like myself, there are miles and miles to explore. You can ski right out to some of those old cattlemans huts like from the Man from Snowy River which is cool.
I just found Mountainhound - mountainhound.com.au They run vans up from Melbourne CBD to Falls Creek. Packages can either include/exclude lift tickets so if you're cross country skiing you can still get everything else arranged. $465 excl. lift tickets is not a bad price for 2 nights accommodation, transport, 3 dinners, resort entry and a backpack (which actually looks decent) with gourmet snacks for the ride and special deals and discounts inside.
July 11, 2009
Connor from Australia
Falls Creek has the most picturesque mountain village in Australia. It's ski in-ski out and quite intimate with plenty of 'apres' and over 30 bars/taverns. The skiing is mostly beginner and intermediate with some decent advanced/expert skiing off the summit and international areas. The terrain park at Ruined Castle is also quite good and is home to the TTR snowboard tour event 'Stylewars' every August. Falls Creek is a place that's worth a visit.
June 09, 2009
Hans from Australia
My wife and I have skied in Europe, Japan, Canada, and Colorado, as well as Australia, and while Japan and America have always been reliably good, even Austria, France, Italy and Spain can have bad seasons. 2006 was a shocker throughout Australia, but we found Falls Creek to stand out as the best, mostly due to arguably the best snowmaking and grooming teams in the country. 2008 was outstanding (despite a late start) and we skied better conditions at Falls (Falls Creek) than we found in 3 trips to Canada.
Due to a short ski season compared to America and Japan, the accommodation costs are higher, but those on a budget can still stay in Falls Creek and enjoy the best ski in - ski out resort in the country,
June 04, 2009
Scott No Mates from Australia
Falls Creek - family friendly, easy access (don't tell anyone but no queues). Milo Ski School is great for the kids, freeing you up to ski most of the day in peace.
If you are after back country, try Mt McKay (via snow cat if it is operating) - awesome. Probably our only double blacks at Falls Creek.
May 23, 2009
Kim from Australia
I have been lucky enough to board in Quebec, Canada, New Zealand and, in recent years, at Falls Creek, Vic. Last year it was absolutely awesome at Falls Creek. It dumped while we were there and the powder was amazing.
No Josh, you are not going to get the kind of base that you get in North America but pick the right week in the Vic Alps and you will have a ton of fun riding off-piste instead of sitting at home reliving old boarding stories. Actually being out there boarding in Falls on an less than average day sure beats sitting on the couch talking about better skiing elsewhere.
Cheers and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
July 09, 2008
John McShane from Australia
Best back country skiing in Australia. The Falls Creek Country club has the best steaks going around. Try the Angus Scotch Fillet.
June 14, 2008
Emily from Australia
I think Falls Creek is the best place to ski in the world!!! Falls Creek is an amazing place to ski, the people are lovely, cafeterias everywhere, great runs, great ski hiring and everything is accessible. The best time periods to go skiing in Falls Creek would probable be from the end of June to the middle of start of August. This is when, usually in a good season, the snow will be at its best.
I LOVE FALLS CREEK!!!
May 01, 2008
Michael from United Kingdom
I really enjoy skiing at this resort. The skiing is varied with plenty of intermediate groomers, tree skiing and steep bowl skiing (Summit Bowl). The family enjoy it with a great kids ski school and ski-in, ski-out village. The new night show is great for the family and is free.
The village is certainly Australia's most picturesque ski resort - highly recommended!
May 01, 2008
Chris from Australia
Australia's snow may not be on par with say Japan or Utah! but it is much more accessable than many of the European resorts. Mid season is probably the time to go and when you'll get the best cover of snow possible! I have skied falls all of my life and even if I do leave Australia I will keep coming back 'cause if you know where to look there is always terrain to challenge you!!
April 29, 2008
Ross from Australia
To Josh from Australia.
2006 was the worst season ever, so it's probably not the best idea to judge falls purely based on that. Sure, Australia doesn't measure up against North America but if you'd been there in 2000 you'd probably be singing a different song.
March 25, 2008
Nick from Australia
I've skied at Falls Creek all my life, and absolutely love it. I've skied at many resorts in Canada and in the Alps, but the convenience of being able to do it just for a weekend makes it worth it. Sure, the snow can be dodgy, and it's expensive, and the terrain not huge, but it is still a great place to be.
I don't consider skiing in Australia to be the same sport as skiing overseas. So Josh, I would agree that there's no point going if you live in Perth. Europe's not that much further away.
February 16, 2008
Josh from Australia
I visited Falls Creek in late July 2006 and I must say, I was EXTREMELY disappointed. After riding in Canada for 4 previous seasons, the terrain at Falls was not challenging and limited to say the least. Less than half the runs were open (due to a 25cm snow base-most of it man made) and we still paid FULL PRICE for our lift tickets ($96). The conditions were horrible, it rained every day we were there, and most of the cover was slush or ice. It was, in my opinion, a wasted trip. (I live in Perth)
My advice to any avid skier/boarder is to stay away from ANY Australian ski resort. They are simply not worth it. Go to North America where the real snow is.
April 26, 2004
Andrew Nuske from Australia
Falls Creek has a fantastic range of slopes for very beginners to expert. Weather is quite unpredictable, with some seasons never seeing 1 metre of cover at any one time, and others reaching 2.5 metres. Beginners best to stick to the Lake Side of the mountains and advanced over in the Maze and Wishing Well, which are fantastic fun. There need to be plenty of snow for these areas to be good. If the snow is not so good, Ruined Castle and Summit provide a challenge and have a good amount of snowmaking capability. Lodge and nightlife are outstanding, with the Falls Creek Country Club being a standout for food and accomodation!