Opinion Falls Creek - Bouquets and Brickbats

currawong

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I heard that the reason for roping off under towers was because the clearence above the snow didn't meet an international standard. hopefully they will groom deeper tonight.

some other ropes near chairs might be for the same reason.
 
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currawong

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Not too many real don'ts this year.
Feathertop restaurant is said to be not good this year. I'm not a fan of jerry's stall or karelia.

Elk is always good. Need to book for dinner but can usually walk in for lunch.

Village shuttle still under resourced and waiting times can be long. Avoid if you can.

Worst crowds are while lessons are on, particularly on Towers and Halleys. Ski early and at lunch time for less crowds. Be prepared to move around for shorter queues. Midweek, summit is rarely bad.

Be friendly, say nice things to lifties, enjoy the more relaxed vibe
 

currawong

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blue brumby (was Maggie's) and dickie knees are not much good this year. slow service and food nothing to get excited about. cloud 9 and frying pan on the other hand continue to be pretty good after changing management before last season. not cheap but quality and service are good.

nelse is doing lunches this year and said to be good value
 
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Ziggy

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For the driver of the black Outback who early this morning went to overtake three of us at the straight by the Bogong Village turnoff, putting life and property at risk like that earned you less than one minute by the top.
Ask yourself whether it was worth it.
 

soza

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Award for the longest trail of cars behind a bus this season must go to
Adelaide coaches
I was one of 18 cars this morning, well i counted 18 but could have been more.
 
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currawong

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not a brickbat but quite disappointing that frying pan inn food is not as good as last year. still quite good but not as exciting as last year. bouquet though for the atomic pale ale.
 
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Stick

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Brickbat - Dicky Knees.. 1 person operating the till the same person getting food. Lovely lady talking to everyone and generally in a great mood... But 3 staff out cleaning tables.. 15 minutes to get a can of coke does seem excessive. Another friend lined up for 25 minutes to get a muffin.. I understand somethings take longer, but surely there is a better system when a lot of the food is prepared..
 
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gaz35

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Brickbat - Dicky Knees.. 1 person operating the till the same person getting food. Lovely lady talking to everyone and generally in a great mood... But 3 staff out cleaning tables.. 15 minutes to get a can of coke does seem excessive. Another friend lined up for 25 minutes to get a muffin.. I understand somethings take longer, but surely there is a better system when a lot of the food is prepared..
reckon dicky knees has gone backwards with both service and food quality. Frying pan been good though
 

currawong

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frying pan is not quite as good as last year but still pretty good.

the one time I went to dead horse (aka blue brumby) this year it was rubbish. I haven't been to dickie's this year but hear lots of complaints, mainly about very slow service. I've heard particular criticisms of the time wasted trying to get signal for electronic payments

dickie's and brumby were sublet last year from the astra mob who took on all the lift co food & beverage outlets. AIUI one of the people involved in the snack places last year has pulled out and they have gone backwards. Cloud 9 and Fryers are still good
 
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Need I say more about the juxtaposition of the two adverts on the newsletter?
 

rowdyflat

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Just bring a packed lunch leave in the car and have the occasional coffee or snack at dicky knees before 11.30 to beat the crowds.
Ski food in Australia was never going to be brilliant , healthy or a reasonable price.
 
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currawong

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Just bring a packed lunch leave in the car and have the occasional coffee or snack at dicky knees before 11.30 to beat the crowds.
Ski food in Australia was never going to be brilliant , healthy or a reasonable price.
it's hard to get cheap and very good. however there are quite a few opportunities for pretty good and not ridiculously expensive. Elk's express lunch, the bar snacks at Frying Pan (eg nachos), pizza at Cloud 9, karaage chicken at Be Food have all been pretty good value this year IMHO.
 
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Ziggy

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I'm a fan of chips with garlic aioli at Gully Easy Eats ($11) and the toasted egg and bacon roll at the Pass ($10). No idea what value that is since take-away isn't part of my diet at home.
 
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Widemouth

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Brickbats to Falls Creek coaches for cancelling our booked bus service from Falls Creek to Albury 2 days before the start of our holiday.

The reason given, and I quote:

As per my phone call to you I confirm that we are suspending the 1.30pm service from Falls Creek to Albury

As per our Terms and Conditions “ The Company reserves the right to cancel, postpone or divert any services if necessary.
This decision has been made by our Manager and we apologise for any inconvenience.


We had an expensive non-changeable flight out of Sydney that needed this link to make the connection flight from Albury.

Bouquets to http://alpinetaxi.com.au/ for saving us! While only a little more expensive than the bus, was very comfortable, on time, and reliable. Next time we transit through Albury for a trip to Falls, no way would we try and rely on the bus.
 
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Becky

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Did they not offer you an earlier departure, we had the same issue of cancelling our 1.30pm bus too, but there was another one departing at 10.40am which we caught?
 

Widemouth

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Did they not offer you an earlier departure, we had the same issue of cancelling our 1.30pm bus too, but there was another one departing at 10.40am which we caught?

Yes we were offered that, but all in all, losing that extra 1/2 to 3/4 days skiing up until 1:30pm was a killer considering the overall costs of the whole trip for us. I had already paid for the lift passes.
 
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currawong

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Brickbats to Falls Creek coaches for cancelling our booked bus service from Falls Creek to Albury 2 days before the start of our holiday.

The reason given, and I quote:

As per my phone call to you I confirm that we are suspending the 1.30pm service from Falls Creek to Albury

As per our Terms and Conditions “ The Company reserves the right to cancel, postpone or divert any services if necessary.
This decision has been made by our Manager and we apologise for any inconvenience.


We had an expensive non-changeable flight out of Sydney that needed this link to make the connection flight from Albury.

Bouquets to http://alpinetaxi.com.au/ for saving us! While only a little more expensive than the bus, was very comfortable, on time, and reliable. Next time we transit through Albury for a trip to Falls, no way would we try and rely on the bus.

the previous owner of the bus co world run a service even if only 1 person was booked.
progress :(
we were victims of this practice in the usa with a regional airline
 

Moondog55

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Pedantic button ON
There is no such thing as Garlic Aioli There is Aioli or there is Garlic Mayonnaise.
Pedantic button OFF
If only Windy Corner would serve real chips again I wouldn't bother eating anywhere else.
 

currawong

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Pedantic button ON
There is no such thing as Garlic Aioli There is Aioli or there is Garlic Mayonnaise.
Pedantic button OFF
If only Windy Corner would serve real chips again I wouldn't bother eating anywhere else.
Yes. The only flavour for aioli is strong garlic. There can be nice flavoured mayonnaises, but they are not aioli.
 
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Becky

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Yes we were offered that, but all in all, losing that extra 1/2 to 3/4 days skiing up until 1:30pm was a killer considering the overall costs of the whole trip for us. I had already paid for the lift passes.
I wish I had known about “Alpine Taxi’s”, I will definitely consider them next time. We also had issues this season with virgin cancelling flights so not meeting the coach (so brickbats to virgin airlines) transfers this year cost us a fortune !
 

skiflat

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Bouquets to
BE Foodstore -Staff friendly this year and great coffee

All lifties

Milch - Anytime of the day. Too many good points to mention

Snowclub - The 4 year old is now confident on Highway 83

4 Site staff for the over snow. Amazing crew
Cloud 9 - Pizza

Astra - Epic always


Brickbat to
Elk - The fire never going in the restaurant

Elk Apartment 3 bar - They haven't got a chance against Astra. Poor staff service and no fire. Yeh it feels like New York with their attitude. No wonder it was always empty
 
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skiflat

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Yes quite a few reviews saying it was too hot

Same time last year. No fire either

So it's a fail for me

Astra fire always going :)
 

currawong

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I'd prefer the elk fire wasn't going. it does get hot near it, and can be a bit smokey. i've never been cold in there.
I still like elk, regardless of the fire
 
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skiflat

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Yeah took the kids last year with promise of marshmallows in the fire

No fire

Walking past again this year no fire

Fail
 

skiflat

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Not saying it's sensational but over many yearsI've found it reliably good with a reasonable sprinkle of very good to excellent.

Yes we walked in and out of Summit Ridge.. despite the positive comments it didn't feel great to us
 

currawong

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We didn’t eat at Summit Ridge this year. The past two seasons they were great though.
didn't eat there either this year. the person i would normally go there with said it was a different chef this year and had gone a bit more middle eastern - which would would have been fine by me but not her taste
Instead we went to Nelse. Doubt that I will back. My meal was pretty uninspiring, although others were more enthusiastic
 
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skiflat

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didn't eat there either this year. the person i would normally go there with said it was a different chef this year and had gone a bit more middle eastern - which would would have been fine by me but not her taste
Instead we went to Nelse. Doubt that I will back. My meal was pretty uninspiring, although others were more enthusiastic

I liked my Nelse meal but the +1 was not over impressed. Nothing wrong just a bit bland

The Smokehouse was excellent as always
 
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