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Opinion Falls Creek - Bouquets and Brickbats

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by currawong, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Rimey

    Rimey One of Us

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    Brickbat. Falls Creek shuts Lakeside poma for the season.

    No reason. That's it. Stiff sh1t.
     
  2. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    Except that interferes with clearing snow from carpark!
     
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  3. Ziggy

    Ziggy Repreived Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't have the depth either.
    ...

    I drove through at about 8am, saw the mess of water and ice in mid-resort and thought it might cause problems. But not slo-mo slides.
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It is almost certainly to save money but there may be another reason. Staff retention at end of season is some times an issue. Lots of staff are over it by september and just want to head off to qld or wherever. Some even start the season with jobs lined up for sept.

    Good late season snow is great for marketing and can generate extra income but it can mean extra expenses, higher customer expectations and staffing challenges
     
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  5. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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  6. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  7. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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    If you look at the visitor numbers, they jumped last year from 7900 to 11000 and this year slipped back to 9800 which is about the level of visitation of the previous years - so fake news. Buller is up 50% on the trend but had a shocker 2 years ago. Hotham has more to worry about on those numbers.
     
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    Reversal of Falls Creek Lakeside poma decision

     
  9. rowdyflat

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    Had same problem as the 10th August where the clueless girl at the Howmanns gap entrance station said the same thing ie driver must be over 65 yo so had to swap drivers again.
    This is despite management correcting it.
     
  10. weerab

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    Bouquets to all the Falls Creek staff, shuttle bus drivers, towies etc. Brickbats to the XC skaters who think they are a little better than the rest of us lesser mortals. I am used to a certain level of camaraderie with most touring skiers you meet, you at least say hello to each other. You don't seem to see that so much with skaters esp. the young guys, the girls are more friendly. I was doing the panorama loop today and pulled off the track to have a drink and a Mars Bar. There was a young skater right behind me, he didn't even look over just kept skating as if I was not there. He had a big AUS on his thigh and I thought, you tosser, I am paying taxes so you can live this lifestyle. Anyway, rant over, I had a great couple of days at Falls but little things like this piss me off. It could be a case of, as Steve Coogan said, you become invisible after you turn 60!
     
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  11. Ziggy

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    If he's still on the AusXC team and if he's being supported and if he was in training then maybe he thought it best to have head down and tail up and do what he's there for.
     
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  12. weerab

    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    He was just cruising, not really putting much effort in.
     
  13. Ziggy

    Ziggy Repreived Ski Pass: Gold

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    Right. So he'd encounter a dozen or more folk on a training ski, and you want him to nod and say hello to every one? Cos he's living on their taxes. Maybe stop and chat. 'That Mars bar looks good mate' - something like that?

    And of course you're out there when it's fine.
    These guys and gals, living this 'lifestyle', are out there in the cloud and the sleet and the wind and the fog as well, day in day out. Whether they feel like training or not, they train.
    They're bloody athletes - not guest services staff, not recreational skiers, not tourists.
     
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  14. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They also get very little from the tax man
     
  15. weerab

    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sheez, I am really getting hammered on this site today. I probably deserve it but will keep my opinions to myself in future. BTW, I do ski in the rain and do say hello to every XC skier I see regardless of what they are wearing. :)
     
  16. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some of the skaters ain’t the brightest folk on the mountain..
    You just learn to ignore them...think of them as rats in a big running wheel.
    All they do is go around and around!:thumbs:
     
  17. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah right.
    The biggest xc club in vic is birkebeiner, based at falls creek/mt beauty. The are seriously interested in xc racing, incuding skating. They have produced many olympians. But they are involved in more than skating. In particular, they work with Bush Search and Rescue, rescuing backcountry skiers who have got into trouble. Some of them have bravery awards for a rescue on Bogong of a group that included a poster on these forums. some of them had the dreadful task of bringing down the bodies of the guys killed up there a few years ago.
    So you can stick your BC self-righteousnes where the sun don't shine, and i don't mean a south facing gully
     
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  18. Ziggy

    Ziggy Repreived Ski Pass: Gold

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    Baseless denigration - - - > ignore list.
     
  19. weerab

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    I have great respect for the Birkie guys and girls but I think/ hope Steve is just making a joke!
     
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    The fellers [ and fellerettes] are friendly enough when cruising and playing about but they do seem to be very very focused when training, I seem to remember being similarly focused when I used to run and training for marathons, no excess or reserves to chat or even break my train of thought. I do think Steve was taking the mickey there. But coming back from PV the other day one of them lapped me three times at least between Eagle Rock and Windy Corner, note that I was handicapped by a sled train and 55 kilos of gear; without the handicap I would only have been lapped twice
     
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  21. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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    Bouquet - FCSL for the heavily discounted tickets available online
    Brickbat - FCSL only able to get a maximum 3 day pass at these rates
    Bouquet - FC Ski School, after 10 years of instruction, privates etc my kids can now out ski me in most places (Note to self: must get my fitness up).
    Brickbat - My kids who haven't learned to respect their elders and allow me to win going down Summit or anywhere else once in a while :oops:
     
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  22. Ziggy

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    The princes depose the old king.
    And on your dime.
    There's indeed no respect for elders any longer :p
    Time to call in the witch to craft some curses ....
    Your ski wax will wear off in ten minutes.
    Scott will halt for half an hour while you swing in the wind.
    There'll be a dozen boarder beginners in the queue in front of you at Lakeside.
     
  23. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator

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    Bouquets to JP and the staff at the Falls Creek Country Club restaurant tonight. My sister is staying up there and so we thought we’d try it for dinner.
    We rang up beforehand to see if the menu catered for gluten free and was told that most of the items could be changed. When we got there, JP came over and asked if I was Coeliac and when I said yes, he said that he’d change anything I wanted. Couldn’t decide if I wanted a lamb shank or steak so we tossed a coin and the shank won.
    It was a great meal and we were all very happy. My niece asked if she could take some chocolate cake away for later and some extra was put in for me as it was gluten free.
    Big thumbs up.
     
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    Lamb shank is the go....if brave,add $6 for extra shank
     

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    The jug of Gin squash looks good too.
     
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  26. Ziggy

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    Except in retrospect?
     
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    Ziggy Repreived Ski Pass: Gold

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    The lifties continue to impress too with their chat. Dunno who said if you can fake sincerity you've got it made. The lifties are better than that - they're noticing.
    It's a credit to their selection and training.
     
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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So how were the AusXC skiers, did they chat to you or were they too busy living the 'lifestyle', out there in the cloud and the sleet and the wind and the fog as well, day in day out? Whether they feel like training or not, they train.
     
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  29. Ziggy

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    Bouquet for Epic & Hero Pass holders being able to get on Express and Towers from 8. This is a real value add in my book not just for the obvious reason but because I get to ski briefly in the quiet.
     
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    Boquets to the staff for taking common sense decisions about fitting of chains on Sunday/Monday and allowing 4wd vehicles to proceed cautiously under their own steam instead of fitting chains.
    Brickbats for the idiots driving down monday arvo on a clear but damp road with chains fitted in 7C heat.
     
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  31. Ziggy

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    Not idiots - they just don't know and the resort can't be bothered to responsively signpost.
     
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    There was a sign opposite the Gully Car park facing downhill traffic. "Fit chains here" what were they supposed to do?
     
  33. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Brickbat to blue brumby for having no real tea, just herbal, green etc. WTF
     
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    Mufts Potato Ski Pass: Gold

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    I skate for the solidarity and choose not to say hello to anyone when I do.
     
  35. Ziggy

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    How was the snow?
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    great. light went flat a bit after midday
     
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    How does the food compare to what was there last year?

    The ads say "asian fusion,...". Last year for the old Maggies(?) it was chips, dim sims, donuts etc and cash only
     
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  38. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    only the latter was in evidence today. i didn't see anything more asian than a dimmy
     
  39. weerab

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    Why don't you just skate for the enjoyment, you can get solidarity perhaps by joining the Labour Party, it would be a lot cheaper and a lot less driving! Anyway, very strange comment!
     
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  40. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    i suspect the spell checker mangled solitude or something similar
     
  41. weerab

    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think you may be spot on, why didn't I pick that up?
     
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  42. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    or maybe he does like to whistle The Red Flag as he skates in formation with the European XC visitors
     
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    TinkyH23 Hard Yards

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    This reads like it is just for the school holidays. I hope it continues. Keen to participate.
     
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  44. Ziggy

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    No limit was posted.
    Worked yesterday.
     
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    Frustrating to see management of the lift queue at busy times hasn't improved over the years. Trying to get people into fours after the scanning gate or two rows from boarding just causes confusion and panic.
    I was impressed with how the busy NZ resorts managed it. Single lanes up to the scanning gate.....usually simply made with sections of 3"X2" timber and PVC tubing. Probably only needed on Hayleys, drovers and towers but seems a simple fix to a long standing problem.
     
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  46. Ziggy

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    Yes, but it varies.
    Eg Sunday am at Falls Express Lynn the green-jacket was doing a great job. And at times at Towers an instructor would step up to the plate. Last year sometimes the punters themselves did - and there's nothing stopping us this season.
     
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    To be fair I did promise never to whinge about lift lines again after my experience in NZ. Had weekends at Mt Hutt with only one lift running and had to share it with 2000 Christchurchers.
    The single lanes were needed to make sure no lift ever went up without someone on every seat.....also helped stop the damage caused by poorly directed rental skis when filtering from 8 wide to the 3 available gates
     
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    Alternatively just take the 3x2 to someone randomly and the rest will fall into line. :rolleyes:
     
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    Me too
     
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    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    This. I'll mate with anyone!
     
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