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Snow Report Falls Creek 2020 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by skiflat, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Warlock_01

    Warlock_01 One of Us

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    24th July last season. What is going on in 2020??
     
  2. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Paul's Loop XC trail.
     
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  3. Cam Slee

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    COVID-19.
     
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  4. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    The Plague does not stop from snow falling. That is to do with weather patterns that are blocking big snow falls taking place in the Australian Alps. It is true that the plague has coincided with a paucity of skiable snow.

    July was icy and not great to XC ski on at Falls Ck/ BHP in 2019 , but as my photo from July 30th shows there was snow/ ice to ski on (albeit melting a bit) until the big four day snow storm arrived in August 2019.
     
  5. Cam Slee

    Cam Slee One of Us

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    As I said before, just deal with it. Some years are good, some years are bad.
    When I was working in California a few years we only had a 3 metre base.
    The locals called in bad, but it was dream snow.
    You can't control the weather.
    Just live with it.
     
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  6. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where in California? Mammoth? or Tahoe? or...
     
  7. Cam Slee

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    Sierra at Tahoe ski resort, ski instructing, on an H2B visa. Worked there for years.
    Close to Heavenly, Kirkwood and Squaw Valley.
     
  8. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks. Would like to visit/ski in that part of the world one day. Looks spectacular.
     
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  9. Cam Slee

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    I used to stay in small town called Meyers, just down the road, with a bunch of Americans.
    Great tree skiing at Sierra at Tahoe.
    It's awesome snow compared to Australia, powder everywhere, then it turns into Sierra cement in Spring.
    Fun times.
     
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  10. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Only 1991 was sparser than this at this stage.
    A local remembers skiing started in mid-August that year.

    There's very good cover on Panorama and Main St and on Hway 83 too judging by the top half. Though this morning a cold southerly kept them crunchy - too treacherous for my first outing this season on fats.
    There were 3 EYTers up there.
     
  11. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Doh!
     
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  12. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  13. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Current carpark view

    From Milch's socials

     
  14. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's quite a few overnight parks on the road filled. I was seeing walkers and tobogganers.
    And on the PV road yesterday there was a school group with packs, about half a dozen rec skaters and about the same number of athletes.
     
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  15. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Spion Kopje just looks SAD.
     
  16. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The crew keeping the dream alive :emoji_beers:
     
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    Put the shorts on already
     
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    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Got a November vibe going on
     
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    It’ll b Pond skim next weekend, unless winter pulls its finger out
     
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    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Kite surf the lake is on the to do list :cool:
     
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  21. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    This day in 2019.
    30/7/19
    XC skiing out along Paul's loop heading for the junction with the Paralyser.
     
  23. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My daughter called the season Snowvid-19.
     
  24. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Windy Cnr was humming this morning - 6 cars.

    I skied and walked PV Rd, McKay Rd and McKay loop.

    Skis off twice to get to the intersection at the foot of the climb up the mountain. That section up the mountainside is now patchy and not worth trying on skis.

    Ruined Castle lift was turning - for maintenance at a guess - and Drovers was getting some work on Wednesday.

    Fainter right, The Horn left


    Bogong


    Feathertop

    Kiewa Valley
     
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  25. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    On this day in 2012 - Timm Spur on the left, Bogong on the right; taken from near Ropers Hut.
    I remember it was really cold; the Camelbak nozzle froze, my fingers lost feeling, my nose ran and froze in my 'stache.

     
  26. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    It looks like late October :-0
     
  27. snowgum

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    That’s a beautiful pic Ziggy - a Bad to look too under lockdown.

    Having camped at Watchbed CK and Edmondson Hut in the past, I’ve never skied quite as far the Top of Timms Spur. It sure seems to offer good views of Bogong and some decent tele practice slopes? :cool:
     
  28. snowgum

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    Bloody auto Speller! A bit ‘sad’ to see! :cry:
     
  29. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, it does.
    It's also a good summer walk or ride to continue to the river and saddle and follow the track to the BHP road. Needs a car shuffle, luck in hitching or the Mt Beauty taxi to get back to your car at the start.
     
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    Will have to try this one day - cheers Ziggy.

    With one or two sets of the bushie gang to shuffle, this would be a nice ‘new’ walk with older kids and farming out the younger/lazy whinging ones (as if!).

    Perhaps camp near Ropers mid trip? I slept in the old hut back in 86’ but it would be good to see the new model.
     
  31. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, it's pretty swish.
    In fact if you get the heater going it can get too hot in a snow bag.
    It's about half a day in on skis.
    Camping at the river is also very nice.
     
  32. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hotham and Falls Creek aren't re-opening this season and passes will be refunded.
     
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  33. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lifts or resorts?
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    lifts
     
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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Falls Creek Will Not Reopen for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding


    4 August, 2020 - Vail Resorts today announced it will not reopen its lift operations at Falls Creek for Spring skiing and snowboarding following the Victorian Government’s introduction of Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, which will be in place for six weeks. This announcement follows the Company’s decision on 9 July to suspend operations until at least 19 August, in line with the re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions for greater Melbourne and the closure of the NSW border.

    “We made the decision to close Hotham and Falls Creek in early July to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our employees, guests and community. It was certainly a difficult decision, which unfortunately has been reinforced by the worsening COVID-19 trends and the declaration of a State of Disaster in Victoria until 13 September,” said Pete Brulisauer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vail Resorts Australia. “We are disappointed to mark the end of the season this way and extend our gratitude to our teams and the businesses in the local community who all worked incredibly hard to open this winter. We also want to thank our loyal guests for their patience and understanding; we look forward to welcoming them back to our resorts for the 2021 season.”

    Perisher will remain open and is unaffected by this decision, operating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.

    Guests who retained their 2020 Epic Australia Pass planning to ski and board late season at Hotham and Falls Creek, may apply for a refund under Epic Coverage by emailing claims@epicaustraliapass.com.au.
     
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  37. soza

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  38. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    FC is officially closed now to anyone not already living there for the duration of stage 3.
    xc grooming is finished for the season
    Further to this announcement, Falls Creek Resort Management (FCRM) have now been advised by the Victorian Government that National Parks and the Alpine Resorts within are to close for the duration of the stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions for regional Victoria. This closure begun at 11.59pm last night.
    (sorry for multiple posts but needs to be in a few places)
     
  39. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    The Falls Creek Table o meter.
    7.8.20

    SDS + FOMO= :-0
     
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  40. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I 'm going to do that trip next season in August. I will take my sleddy thing and set up a snow camp at Roper's hut.
     
  41. Brownedog

    Brownedog Hard Yards

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    Two lucky soles earning their runs
     
  42. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Two soles = one person? Or two people with one leg each?
     
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    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Soul music to my ears (and eyes).
     
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  44. AuroraAustralis

    AuroraAustralis Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    the snow cams show groomer tracks around the place, wonder why?
     
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    Yes! I've been wondering that!
     
  46. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Cause it’s nice to skin up on ;)
     
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    What a miserable day up there and we're locked out of the state. LOL
     
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    AuroraAustralis Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    You’re locked out, we’re locked in... either way no snowballs for us!
     
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    Yeah it looks super awful. About 15cm of awful I'm guessing. :(
     
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  50. AuroraAustralis

    AuroraAustralis Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looks like a bit more than that on the Cedarwood balcony :/
     
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