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Falls Creek, while not a large ski resort, is the most attractive ski resort in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Falls is located about 5 hours drive from Melbourne; or two hours drive from Albury Airport.
The closest town down hill of Falls Creek is Mount Beauty. Stock up on your groceries and liqour here before heading up the mountain. It's about a 30 - 40 minute drive from Mt Beauty to the ski resort. Many skiers chose to stay at Mt Beauty to keep the costs down.
Chains on Cars:
Cars must carry chains of a special "diamond" design to go up the mountain. Take care as to the design of the chains as in Victoria, the "diamond" design is the only acceptable chain type. The roads up the Victorian resorts are steep with short switchback turns. In bad weather, the best quality chains will mean safety getting up the mountain. Broken chains are not uncommon if cheap chains are used.
The well groomed, wide pistes, face south, overlooking the dam. It's a very attractive location.
The runs, though are not long enough, although when you ski Australia, this is a common issue. The mountains are ancient from the days of Gwondanaland and very eroded after 40 million years. The Alpine Ranges in Australia are nonetheless vast.
The steepest black runs at Falls Creek are over by Scotts Chair and Ruined Castle. The ski lifts are fast and efficient, with the main lift, The Falls Creek Express which takes skiers and pedestrians from the bottom of the village, on the main road, to Cloud 9, which is the main part of the ski area. Cloud 9 has a large cafeteria and houses the ski school.
Falls Creek is famed for the world class 42km Cross Country Ski Marathon, the Kangaroo Hoppet. This is part of the World Loppet series. It is held on the last weekend of August each year.
Falls has extensive groomed XC trails.
The best located accommodation is in the village bowl close to the Eagle Chair. The Falls Creek Hotel has good, but not superior standard of accommodation, hearty meals and best of all, is located closest to the Eagle Chair.
You could also try The Falls Creek Country Club. Despite the fancy name, this provides a good, clean standard of accommodation with a kitchenette in each studio. It is not unreasonably priced given its location at the road and right next to the free chair, the Gully Chair. This chair goes from the road level up to the centre of the Village and is right next to the bottom of the Eagle Chair.
The very beautiful and commensurately expensive Quay West Apartments are located next to the Falls Creek Express. These apartments are luxuriously appointed with spa baths on the balcony - Australia's version of the Onsen.
There are numbers of members lodges and commercial lodges at Falls Creek. There is an efficient shuttle bus that services every street in this small and charming village, so you'll be fairly close no matter where you stay.
Falls Creek Ski Resort has efficient, fast moving lifts, an efficient free village shuttle bus and a well designed village plan. The skiing is good with sufficient challenging slopes for the expert skier and an array of green and blue slopes for beginners and intermediates. It really is the most attractive village.