Rachael Oakes-Ash finds out why Falls Creek is still a cool place to ski this season.
Best for: Beginners, families and terrain-park rats.
Where is it: Falls Creek is a 4½-hour drive north of Melbourne or two hours from Albury airport. It is also accessible by 15-minute helicopter ride from Hotham.
Total skiable area: 480 hectares.
Number of lifts: 14.
Number of runs: The resort has a 280m vertical drop and 92 runs divided into 17 per cent beginner, 60 per cent intermediate and 23 per cent advanced terrain.
Lift pass prices: Adult $106; child $53.
Why this resort has always rocked:
The pedestrian-only village of Falls Creek is the prettiest in Australia, and has more than 30 ski-in bars and restaurants for a serious après scene. The resort of choice for the beginner to intermediate skier, Falls Creek is also known as the park capital of Australia for snowboarders and skiers, who descend upon the resort’s four terrain parks. Advanced skiers in search of some fun can take a back-country ski tour with World Cup race winner Steve Lee.
* Falls Creek has built a new plaza at the base of the Falls Express chairlift over the summer. The plaza features a large staircase and better access.
* At the top of the Towers ski area, Maggie’s Snacks has installed full glass walls for panoramic views of skiers on the hill.
* New luxury snowmobiles have been purchased for the snowmobile back-country tours and the resort is set to host the largest snow sports event in the country, the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships, from September 7 to 11.
Event of the season: The world’s
best snowboarders take to the terrain
parks of Falls Creek to battle it out every August for Stylewars.
1800 033 079.