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Snow Report Falls Creek 2019 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by D-eye, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

    Scott No Mates Ver 1.1 Addicted

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    Scored a screw from a stranger in Falls. They really are a friendly lot. ;)
     
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    Not seen exhibition groomed yet this season and I always seem to remember that and skyline as the main summit groomers.
    Zipper was nice today and I must say I do prefer it groomed but like others have said visibility made it challenging all round.
     
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  3. AuroraAustralis

    AuroraAustralis Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi PP,
    was trying to see what road you took out of the village. up the home trails or via the nordic bowl?
    cheers,
     
  4. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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    That's what I thought too, Exhibition (black) is usually groomed along with skyline (blue) - Exhi is one of my faves once the crust is broken on a crispy morn.
     
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    Up aitkens trail, including the downhill only bit, and then across pretty valley road, towards the summit.
    I guess that makes it "up the home trails"
     
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  6. AuroraAustralis

    AuroraAustralis Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks! i copped some grief a couple of years ago for going up a home trail - even though it wasn't listed on the 'forbidden' trails list that the resort had at the ticket office!
     
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    It was called the Season 6 pass. Lots of (non resort) staff had them because they were working Saturdays anyway. People with those passes could buy a discount day pass for Saturday if they wanted too. It was super popular, no idea why they'd kill it off.

    I'm heading up this weekend for the first time in ten years I think? Bring on the poma!
     
  8. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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  9. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

    Scott No Mates Ver 1.1 Addicted

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    I saw that on an email today. Reasonable offer but I've gotta work out what I'm doing next year.
     
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  10. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aitkins is XC trail, not a home trail.
    Gets little use.
     
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  11. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    snowing nicely at falls now
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Stopped now, just high cloud.
    Precipitation forecast but probably not all white
     
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  13. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    This is very nice grooming

     
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    Groomed international was a pleasure this morning....especially with a few gentle flakes falling.Then from what seemed out of nowhere a blizzard hit and we called it a day.
    Had a wild variety of conditions this last 3 days, looking forward to what tomorrow brings
     
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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Even more grooming here :)

     
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  17. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    8 am: extreme skiing on ice cubes
    9.30am: peak cream on north side
    10.30am: peak cream on south side - happy cats.
     
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  19. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just a reminder that next Saturday is the busiest day of the year at Falls, at least for parking and accommodation. The annual Kangaroo Hoppet xc ski marathon is on.

    If you are planning to ski at Falls on Saturday, be early if you want to get a car park, or use the bus from Mt Beauty. Don't expect to find last minute Friday accommodation at Falls or Mt Beauty.

    The main 42km event kicks off from the Nordic Bowl at 9:30, with the 21km at 9:40 and the 7km at 9:50. If you are skiing anywhere from Towers to Ruined Castle, you will probably see the competitors zooming out around Sun Valley. Quite a few alpine skiers like to give the 7km event a go. If you think you'd like to try, you can hire gear at Windy Corner.
     
  20. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good points.
    There are lots of Hoppeteers training this week as well so accommodation will probably be tight already. Certainly at Howman's Gap camp.
     
  21. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    A couple of cm of freshies made for some excellent skiing on the groomers this morning. And there was still plenty of untracked off piste from yesterday.

    It was a pleasure to catch up with @chriscross - have a yarn and do a few runs together.
     
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  22. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sun Valley was redonkulously Windy this morning but XC skiing on fresh wind drifted powder snow made for a good lap before lunch back at Windy Corner.I am led to believe Sun Valley is a black diamond run for Nordic skiers.I did not have much trouble skiing it on My Fast Fischer
    skinny BC XC skis.The fog and R&$! Rolled in after lunch while I was skiing up and down the Mt. McKay road and as a result I curtailed my plank activities because I could not see where I was going at all.I will post a trip report with photos in a day or two.
     
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  23. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    sun valley loop is blue, not black. It is flat to gently undulating, never steep. For the close in trails Aitkens, Little Canada, a bit of pipeline and pines are the only blacks. There are other black bits further afield.
     
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  24. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sun Valley black diamond? ROFL
     
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  25. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    The spatial vision map shows a black diamond on that XC route.I just go XC skiing, I do not make the maps.
     
  26. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    IMHO newbies on planks would not be able ski that route.
     
  27. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Green is for newbies.
     
  28. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here is the official trail map
    https://www.fallscreek.com.au/wp-co...17/02/Falls-Creek-Cross-Country-Trail-Map.pdf

    Near the far end of the sun valley loop is the steep boomerang link up to the "cattle grid" area. That is black.
    (There is no longer a cattle grid but the name persists)
     
  29. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    You presumably agreed with it, since you reposted it without qualification.
     
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  30. Moondog55

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    Boomerang is pretty steep, but it really isn't part of the Sun Valley Loop. The cattle grid is actually still there, just now filled up with dirt and junk
     
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  31. Xplora

    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Is that what makes it a blue run? or is it because there is a small part which qualifies it as such? Flat to gently undulating sounds very green. For someone with limited experience then perhaps this run may seem harder than the things he has been used to.
     
  32. Chaeron

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    Metal edges, enough width in the ski, capacity to lock in the heel - why I don’t do XC skis....

    BUT I’m tempted - skating looks like fun, though the herringbone is overrated!
     
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  33. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Sun Valley loop has one drop and rise that'd rate blue if it was a resort groomer. To ski it in control you need to be able to snow plough and herringbone. So it's not novice but a beginner should know these.
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks. That sort of stuff is a bit foreign to me but I thought it must be like many MTB trails which are rated harder because of some small part. When I think of an easy run (for me) I think of not having to dodge trees and rocks. I can see this type of skiing is a great cardio workout which would appeal to many, a bit like distance running with an upper body workout added. Unlike @Chaeron, I am not tempted.
     
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  35. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's different disciplines - skating, classic, and walking on skis. Skating is demanding of energy and technique, the others less so. Skating and classic share some moves like snowplough and herringbone. The foundation of classic is diagonal stride.
    Out that loop you see skating and classic, and few walkers.
     
  36. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm the walking on skis variety, and then only rarely.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    not sure what the criteria are.
    i would probably add some points for distance and/or potential for getting into difficulty
     
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  38. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    didn't mean to imply that it was part of the sun valley loop, just that it had a junction with the loop
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Given my speed, I would say I am a walker also but we like the freedom the snow cover gives to explore over country you would not be able to access in summer. Even when we get close to some of these XC tracks, we keep off them. Not wanting to upset people or get in their way. I think my setup is not quite suited to these runs either.
     
  40. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, if I'm doing a tour, particularly with a pack, most of the distance will be walking. On the right snow it can be sparked up with a little kick and glide, which is the core of diagonal stride.
    (Talking about pattern base skis here and sometimes 'waxing' skis with kicker skins).
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    A view from 2 years ago almost exactly - from the 'grid' with Rocky Valley dam in the distance and Ruined offload at the horizon on the left edge.

     
  42. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I was going to ski / skin up there, up the Boomerang route but I was concerned about the wind and the visibility yesterday. I need to pick the right day to head up higher out that way.
     
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    After 4 days at Hotham it's time to drop into Falls for a couple of days. Patience and 10.30am start resulted in not getting wet and a pretty good day. The groomers are fun, off-piste mostly leg burning and very slow.
     
  44. dodgydamo

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    That’s a huge drop off!! :eek:
     
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    Mod note: Just a reminder that this thread is for trip reports and conditions.

    Please post discussions in the chat thread.

    :)
     
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    His first ever crack at the Big Dipper cornice, yes I was a bit surprised. He landed it too despite slow sticky snow, it's good to be young
     
  47. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    The wind was straight from the antarctic I reckon - crisp as a cold champagne. On the ridges it blew the dust into the air where the warm sun turned it into droplets.
    I left the start till 10 expecting some softening. Hah. A ride on Inter drove all feeling out of the left ear by the top, and an attempt at side country revealed frozen bubble wrap with patches of dust.
    Back inbounds a run on my favorite warm-up slope produced alternating squeaks and screeches from the skis.
    Weird conditions.
     
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    Agree Ziggy, A real mixed bag of snow quality today. Windblown dry powder stashes, bullet ice, soft groomer and slushy moguls....and thats all on one run.
    Couldn't really find anything to lap more than once. Maybe Zipper early on was my pick of the morning. Had to leave around lunch so not sure if things were better later that afternoon
     
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    Totally agree Ziggy & Soza, about 6 different types of snow in one run, all of them better than yesterday however. Wind blown and crust up high. Slush bumps lower.A good day for playing. Sun Valley had a cold head wind all day and was miserable. Milky Way, the Y's and Maze all delivered at various stages. Freezing up at end of day, tomorrow morning one for the carve lovers.
     
  50. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I saw a woman take her skis off and finish Drover's on foot.