Later in the season when the sun is out , a lot more runs are available facing ENE and WNW .XCD A bit crunchy and frozen then by 11am nice snow on the north facing aspects facing the lifts .
being near the solstice the sun wasnt strong and didnt move much across the sky.
Had a nice few runs this morning before calling it a day to head home and dry off.
Nice to have some snow falling above 1600 and only a hand full of others sharing the slopes.
Love mid week ❄️ at Falls
Yes the Lake level snow is melting. The terrain near Mt. Mckay was good to XC ski on earlier this week during the last week of June.Falls 26/6 - 30/6. Having never skied during school holidays I expected chaos at lifts but with kids in tow, I was resigned to spending long time waiting and standing around. But short of the morning 5minute queue at Halleys Comet it was fairly quiet at the back. Most of the crowds seem to be at the snowsport/cloud 9 area, that is pure chaos. It seems though that at least 50% of them are skiing the 2-3 carpets at the top.
Despite rain/sleet on our arrival weather cleared up for the next 3 days and runs skied surprisingly well. Mid-winter conditions as far as I could tell. But getting warmer as we left the snow melt was obvious around the lake. So it may not last unless we get more snow.
Father fosters is my favourite run at Falls. some hate it as it is off camber but the fall line actually favours my stronger turn side. Its steep enough for me to be challenging but wide enough that I can get myself back in shape before needing to turn again (unlike Scott's...)Fog has lifted, sun is out, snow is firm. Playing on Father Fosters on the Head slalom skis - such fun!
It’s a great hill for progression, if you can deal with the amount of lift stops, there are some great days had at FallsLovely day up there. Always underestimating how hard it is to get family in motion so our 8am arrival started at 10. It was choppy, busy and cloudy. Snow was actually pretty good, crisp but not ice, but stuck doing runs on wombats was a little sad and felt crowded. Wasn't huge lines, but I'm rather impatient.
Eventually we got across to ruined castle area and that was beautiful. Not having been before there's lots of variety between those two lifts and nice to be able to suss out which line is bigger and go to the other one. Even a small t bar for my daughter, though she's upset not to have the larger ones.
Picnic lunch at windy was brilliant. Really appreciate the tip about that area as getting in and out was pleasant and the crowd in the shelter were proper skiers and without the bustle so felt really appreciative of the tip because I wouldn't have got there otherwise.
Hills were much quieter until 1:30 or so, hoping the crowds dwindle throughout the week. Sky also cleared and was a beautiful day. Went over the top to summit and eagle run was a milkshake spring skiing. But summit had firmed up by that time (2:30) and my kids didn't enjoy the black runs. We made the mistake of going down to gully, and that was patchy ice and grass so we finished day back at ruined castle area. Was pleased to get my wife over there too, and that's a bit of progress as she's been a devoted green skier for a while now. I think that's where falls is best, getting beginners to progress as the blue runs are mostly wide and can be taken carefully.
Noticed a lot of beginners and a lot of stop starting on the lifts. But nice atmosphere on the hill, I'd say a little more easygoing compared to the rushed speedy skiers of Hotham, where we went on the opening weekend. Feel though that there's less thrill than Hotham, but I'm still to get through the trees and such like that.
Would love to get at the international area.
Finally some pictures, mostly average shots....
You can park at the bus station at Mt beauty for 20 a night, 8 a night if you use the bus to get up the mountainQuestion for the Falls peeps. A group of us are heading up in a couple of weeks for a 3 night stay. Leaving from an overnight stay in Bright on the Tuesday.
Is there anywhere that cars can be left in Bright for 3 days? Just don’t need to take them all up there for our stay on the mountain. Cheers.