Australia’s equivalent of a chocolate-box Tyrolean ski town, Falls Creek has terrain diverse enough to satisfy a family of immeasurably divergent skiing abilities.
The pedestrian-friendly village shuns cars, leaving you to reconnoitre the unpretentious wining and dining nooks that make Victoria’s largest resort feel distinctly niche.
What it’s good for?
Lean back, drink in the space and cruise on one of the 90 beginner and intermediate focused trails (on 14 lifts).
For spirited blue skiing, head to the Towers chairlift to play on curvy (and wind-protected) Highway 83.
Head way right to International chair for black diamond exploits and tree skiing.
Excellent terrain park choices range from kickers and boxes off Drover’s Dream for beginners to a skier/boarder X course for the wicked.
Where to stay in Falls Creek
Smack bang next to Falls Express chairlift, hipster QT tops the accommodation mound, with Scandi-style multi-roomed spaces, complete with private balcony spas.
In the village (away from the main road), sexy Huski comes complete with little details that make ski-weeks so great, from Bose Bluetooth speakers to drying cupboards.
Variety abounds at Falls, from ski-in boutique chalets like Frueauf Village and Alpine Woodsmoke with stone fireplace, to family-friendly institution Pretty Valley Alpine Lodge, complete with in-house cinema.
Head to SpaQ (QT) for a post-ski pamper or ski straight into après at Astra Lodge, which tops the fireplace and leather couch scene, offering robust Italian fare, local beverages and personality-rich cocktails, such as the Village Zombie.
Try tapas at Feathertop Alpine Lodge or the Asian dishes (and cocktails) of Oishii-Go! at Silverski.
Book ahead to muse over more than 200 wine labels at alpine fine dine Summit Ridge.
For a pint of Guinness head to Cock ‘n’ Bull or find Falls Creek Hotel for some local craic.
Get and ski there
Falls Creek is 4.5 hours from Melbourne or two from Albury. Stop at Mount Beauty for chains and gear hire.
Falls Creek Coaches can get you here from Melbourne and Albury (including private luxury transfers).
Little-known fact: Catch the day’s last light on top of Falls with a glass of Australian sparkling and a gourmet hamper on a Summit Sunset Tour.