FALLS CREEK | Beautiful alpine region with real Ski-in Ski-out.
THE UPSIDE: Staying on the mountain without any cars or traffic and amongst all the snow is truly magical.
THE DOWNSIDE: the wind and inconsistent snow conditions meant a bit less skiing than we planned for.
Snow quality can vary and conditions change quickly, particularly in Australia. We got really lucky with blue-sky days and decent snow when we first arrived then suffered some fierce winds and cloud later in the week - when the snowfall was incredible. So it was a mixed bag in terms of snow conditions. The park itself, however, is beautiful and offers lots of variety which important for me as I went from a beginner to immediate on this trip (yay!), and my partner is advanced. The mixed terrain was a huge plus and really great for our varying levels and abilities.
We had a very enjoyable 7 days there. Enjoyed the small village atmosphere, and roaming around in the snow for Apres activities. There isn't a tonne of variety, but enough to keep you occupied for a short break.
Standouts in terms of dining were: Summit Ridge restaurant, Astra, Be Foodstore and Someplace Else. Huski, Elk and Milch were also good.
Astra has the best bar and lounge, by far, it's a must to check out! Read my review here.
Great to see some quality food on the mountain, overall, and be able to go to a cafe for lunch (instead of fried and average takeaway at the usual outlets on the slopes). Thats' the real beauty of ski-in ski-out; being out to cruise around the village in between runs.
A note of warning: Be prepared - and take over-shoes!! Getting around after dark without them can make for extra fun/hard work. Mostly we just laughed our way through but the right footwear would have been good.
Falls Creek Coach service was very reliable getting us up to the mountain from Albury, and the ATS transfer service at the base of the mountain is your first port of call when you arrive. Their transfer fee is worth it, especially after heavy snowfall. We walked to our accomodation when we first got there and paid for the transfer when leaving. Given all the lodges are situated on and around the the three or so tiers of the mountain, you have to be prepared to carry your gear up the staircases that link the roads or else pay for the transfer service.
We hired gear from Central Snowsports who gave as an extra half day free on arrival, which was great. There were near-perfect conditions when we got in so it was great to be able to take advantage of it.
The Falls Creek app is exceptional! It tracks your runs and at the end of the day, it’s great fun comparing notes to see just how much of the mountain you’ve covered. Has great reports on conditions and lift status’ also.
Very friendly people and good overall trip!!
Unfortunately Australia can be expensive compared with other regions, but the snow gums were lovely and it's a beautiful place. Self-contained winter wonderland.
Visited: August 2016 // TripAdvisor link here