Snow Report Falls Creek 2017 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

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  1. BilbyBill

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    Heaps.
     
  2. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    In just over a week would that skiable route 's snow cover change all that much ? I was last up there in early Sept. and there was a phenomenal amount of snow and the lake had frozen over completely.
     
  3. weerab

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    There is rain forecast, so there could be a lot less by October 2nd. However, if we lose half we still have a metre! :)
     
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  4. Scott No Mates

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    Heading down on Sunday :D

    Anyone still skiing? Car park looks pretty empty (as per usual at this time of year).
     
  5. Bluebird

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    I'm heading there Sunday as well. Anyone know if you can drive into the village yet or do you still need to use oversnow?
     
  6. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Will the XC ski hire place still be open at Windy Corner on 2/10/17?
     
  7. currawong

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    why not ask them?
    (03) 5758 3408
     
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  8. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    OK, I will do that tomorrow morning. :)
     
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    Let us know what they say T. Cheers
     
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  10. Hully

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    Always Rocky Valley on the way through Mt Beauty, they are open all year round and will be able to hire you xc/bc skis anytime there is still snow regardless of the ski season.
     
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    Good point H. ^^^ forgot that. :D
     
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  12. Hully

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    ..... and a great local business doing the 'hard yards' and and supporting our local community's tourism industry year round.
     
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  13. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Address: 226 Kiewa Valley Highway, Tawonga South VIC 3697
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    Open today ยท Phone: (03) 5754 1118
    :)
     
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  14. Scott No Mates

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    AFAIK there's still plenty of cover - I haven't heard any mention of it being cleared.

    All packed now for our drive down. :p
     
  15. Bluebird

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    Yeah I checked the snow report yesterday, still full ski-in ski-out apparently. We're in the last stages of packing and will be heading off soon. Can't wait, first snow trip for the +1 and I this year! :skier:
     
  16. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I rang the Windy Corner XC ski hire place and got no answer. If I go up for a morning ski out past the dam wall from Windy corner then I will stop by at Rocky Valley in Tawonga South and get some BC skis ,boots and poles( skis with the metal edges ) and try those out .
    I am going up and down Mt. Bogong on the coming football long weekend in boots and snow shoes so I may wake up still exhausted on Monday at 6 am and decide not to ski. However this late snow season and a late in life ( I am aged 48 now ) interest in learning XC/ BC skiing could be a motivating force to drive up from Myrtleford on Monday for a 2-3 hour ski before heading back to Melb. :)
     
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  17. Scott No Mates

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    Have just had a chat to a friend on mountain - roads are still skiable (just not on your own skis).
     
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    There was at least a metre of groomed snow on the dam wall road on the first weekend in September 2017.What is the estimated depth there now? Is it rental rock hopper time?
     
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    Thanks. That looks tempting!
     
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    FCRM have announced that clearing of village roads will start on Wed am.
    "Clearing will begin on Falls Creek Rd and work up from there. Roads will not be re-opened to stakeholders and guests until such time as all roads are cleared and it is declared safe for wheeled vehicles to operate. ATS [aka oversnow] will continue to operate until such a declaration is made. "
     
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  22. Scott No Mates

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    Had a few runs this morning - slow but OK. Stuck with Highway & Rappas, skiing as conservatively as possible (for me).

    Visibility was poor but not whiteout, wet snow & sago. Came in thoroughly soaked.

    Way too many work calls to enjoy sliding :( Sitting in front of the confuser trying to work ATM.

    Getting some flurries at the bottom of the FIIK chair (oh that's right, it's called Halleys this season).

    Edit: heavy flurries now.
     
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    I had a reasonable day out there. I also skied conservatively (recovering from a broken foot and nursing a hip awaiting surgery later this year). Stuck mostly to Drovers where the snow was pretty good. Had a crack at both Main St and Highway but the snow was so heavy and chopped up I got scared of hurting myself. Pulled the pin mid-afternoon when my gloves were soaked through and my fingers were numb.

    My +1 who had 7 thoracic vertebrae fused last November also came out for a slide and did really well - kept going til just after lunch.
     
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    I am not much of a downhill skier, more of a cross country tourer. So when I ski downhill at Falls I am limited to Drovers, Highway etc. I just find it stressfull, always looking over your shoulder for a skier or boarder cutting across. I think I might give it away altogether. Have you ever thought about a bit of touring? I just can't see the point of continuously skiing the same run! Sorry for rant, just felt like it!
     
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    You are singing my song!!!
     
  27. Scott No Mates

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    I bumped into Macca this morning - mentioned that I might get an intro to touring - sounds like fun & I've been putting it off for a while. Just gotta pick the right day.
     
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    It has actually crossed my mind a couple of times of late! I think it would be gentler on my joints and it would probably allow for some photography whilst out touring. I like hiking and 'taking in the scenery'. Totally agree about those two runs, can be terrifying when busy. Thankfully today was pretty quiet.
     
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    Good riddance to the old kiddie chair rust bucket
     
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  30. Scott No Mates

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    Glorious bluebird day - one of Spring's best :p

    First run today was Main Street (stick with the groomers).

    Rappers was a little firm first thing this morning under the lift line which kept it tight, fast and untested. Had a few runs down there to test some conservative turns. Kids wanted to venture to Lakeside but turned back when there were too many chatters and not enough turning.

    Then took Days End over to the Bowl and caught Summit. I elected go take the Village run whilst the kids worked their way through the Maze.

    Finished off the morning on Scott's - late morning and it was like a good governess, firm but forgiving. Corkscrew Gully was softening nicely with some ice creamy runs off to the side of Scott's.

    This arvo I got out rather late, several runs down Towers - way too soft & chopped up, Days End to the Markets & the marshmallow fire pit. Back up Eagles and a return via the Last Hoot.
     

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    I was sort of a bit like this.

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  32. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I am super tempted to go up for a XC ski early on Monday next week. It looks like it will be sunny and hopefully not too soft before lunchtime along the groomed XC trails.
     
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    We had a great day today. Did some very fast runs to start on Main St, then went to Ruined, which we didn't think we'd cope with that well but in reality we smashed it. Did some laps down Corkscrew Gully then went down to the village for lunch. Mostly did Highway and Drover's laps in the arvo as we could feel our muscles fatiguing so didn't want to risk hurting ourselves. The snow got heavy by 3 but was quite good for most of the day before that.







     
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    Still looks good, hopefully up in a few days!
     
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  35. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Me Too !
     
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    Pretty Valley pondage.



    Falls Creek from the High plains - good to see people skiing down the back of Mt Mc Kay.
     
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    Another gorgeous morning - too good to waste by staying in bed. Up & out early.

    Again, Towers was quite fast at first but softened as the morning progressed. Moved over to Lakeside for a few runs - Corkscrew Gully, Scotts & the Racetrack were all fun as well.

    Weather closed in around 11am, wrong lenses (grey polarised) in my glasses made the low light very flat and features indistinguishable. Called it quits around lunch time.

    Highlight of the morning was two fly-bys from our air force.
     
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    We caught the fly-by on the way down the hill, the noise was incredible bouncing off all the surrounding mountains! Glad to hear you had a good morning out there.
     
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    A mixed morning today - a bit of high cloud shrouding the top of the hill made me go for the lighter coloured lenses, wrong choice SD it was way too bright up top.

    Followed my typical warm up - Rappas had a single groomer width and was quite tight though the run off to the sides were soft given the lack of a freeze overnight.

    Hit Lakeside for a couple of laps, took the lower traverse from Towers.

    We took Days End back to the bowl then up Summit. Debated with sprogs about Wishing Well or Skyline but ended up on Zipper. At least the moguls at the bottom were forgiving.

    Another run via Skyline, back to the top on Eagles and then to the Last Hoot.

    Spent the arvo in Bright.
     
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    Still plenty of Snow out along the Langfords Aqueduct. Rover Tow Hut cam from today. Red mark on pole is 2m, so about 1.4 metres. Some nice meadows for a bit of tele practice along there. Anyone heading up from Melbourne next week for a sneaky day or two?
     
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    A mixed bag today, firm but softened quickly and stayed that way. A lack of grooming was apparent across the hill - played havoc with my legs. Stayed on Main St and strayed onto Nastar which did get a little spruce up overnight. A few runs down Lakeside were fun.

    There was quite a breeze this arvo coming straight into Scott's.

    The kids were lapping the Y's & the Slot in the afternoon.
     
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    Wet snow overnight & still continuing now. Settling on the balustrade but not on the concrete.

    Visibility is slightly impaired in the plaza with some light cloud blowing across the trees.

    Stay in bed people (so I can enjoy a little bit of fresh wet).
     
  43. Sadie

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    Hrmm do we drive up to ride tomorrow? Thinking thinking
     
  44. Scott No Mates

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    Don't think too hard... The visitor car park is empty. Conditions are much better than yesterday with the lower temps.
     
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  45. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I was thinking about coming up from Myrtleford for a morning XC ski on Sunday but I am almost borrasic lint so that is the end of that.There also may still be deep continuous snow cover it is very soft,based on my excursion yesterday on Mt.Bogong.
    Yes grooming does help but the ambient temperature is now rather mild.
     
  46. BillyKidd

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    Skiing or snow shoeing through October? Why not!
     
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    Borrassic lint= Skint= no money. I can XC ski( and fall over ) or snow shoe for next to nothing in NSW in about 2 weeks from now. Paying to drive up to Falls Ck. is expensive.
     
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    Good day out yesterday - dust on slush/crust.

    Some easy runs down Last Hoot for starters then I had a few runs over the back then down skyline & short 'n curly down to inter. The gully was quite heavy & sluggish.

    I undid the Zipper and scooted across the aqueduct to International without incident.

    Back out in the arvo but my legs disagreed.

    Finished up last night with night skiing (not me, I was a broken man). Son found a group of older kids EX-FCRC. Raced, l skied backwards, skied with one ski etc. Had a ball, he came back knackered.

    He mentioned some carnage on numbnuts with Ski Patrol attending.

    Dropped our skis off this morning, bumped into one of the patrollers and thanked them again for their services last year. He mentioned that the medical centre is closing today so they'll be extra busy to the end of season next week.
     
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    Really just the question as to whether there will be snow through October. But yeah it is a cost so understood. Doesn't matter really though where you do it....so long as you do it :D
     
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    We went up. Was a great day. Conditions were great but it was softening quickly run by run. Our last run was pretty sticky and I could barely move. That was at about 2ish I think.
     
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