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Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by currawong, Jul 15, 2015.
...as they should be doing by default, but good to see they are doing it nonetheless.
Falls Creek website has alot less webcams to look at? 6 to choose from atm. Atleast they just removed the other ones from the page and they are not shown as 'offline'
Check them out here..... http://www.skifalls.com.au
oh, there u go, I'd just found them via google search for "falls creek webcam" and this is the first result
Just another example of the confusion of Falls Creek having two digital marketing presences. The cams are all Ski Lift's (skifalls), RMB just takes the feed of a small number of the cams.
BRICKBAT: Can't access the 2016 Opening Weekend poster, can access page..
but when the 'download' link is clicked it's a fail!
Also their website still claims "there will be lifts turning for skiing" ... whoops!
guess I'll wander into The Man to find out what's going on.
BRICKBAT: Pleeeeeassssseeee I wish someone would put some signs up or tell people to move away from the unload area!! People stand there and have a chin wag instead of moving away to the side.
Not going to change I'm sorry @Sadie .....you should try negotiating the unloads with somebody in a sit ski! It's the same as the 'experienced skier parents' who lead their kids across directly below the Towers unload as they are moving from Cloud 9 to Main Street area. If people that should know better can't model the right behaviour how can we expect newbies to learn the proper etiquette?
Put on some armour and lead with your shoulder.
Seriously - we XCers see it on groomed trails, esp towards the end of the day homeward bound. You get a group spread over the whole track and you're flying down towards them. I tuck in and yell 'Track'. Works every time.
We had a great example of behavior at the top of Eagle on Saturday. Came off the chair and standing in the unload area was a family (with some extras, who knows) standing around having a chat and a take in of the view. I just avoided mum and +1 trying to avoid me who was trying to avoid mum, may or may not have ran across the back of the skis of dad.
Now, +1 can say things before he thinks and basically said that standing in the unload area was not a great idea, with some other mumblings ... well, dad puffed up like a rooster ready for a cock fight, had a bit of a disco dance whilst trying to get out of his skis and came charging at us.. (this I might add was one of the funniest things I have ever seen and couldn't help but laugh at until) ... he gave +1 a bit of a shove in the chest (+1 was still strapped in his board) and then started ranting and raving and waving his arms about yelling that he was going to smash +1's face in. Mum had a bit of a yap as well like a little Chihuahua.
I think dad was rethinking his reaction though when he realised that +1 was a fair bit taller than him and had a longer arm span.
If that is the type of behavior thay had no hesitation in displaying in front of their children, then I have zero hope for any snow etiquette and therefore should not surprised that they were standing where they were
Yeah. Pathetic really. But not everyone's a power freak.
Now this is why skiing is better than boarding......you have these things called stocks, very handy in this situation!
Seriously, tell him to take it up with Ski Patrol, standing around the dowload area of a ski lift is plain stupid.
I'd like to throw a brickbat at all those bods who don't form 4's on the lift line - if there's a queue, don't waste a chair.
(I am becoming a grumpy old man & enjoying it).
And there isn't a whole lot of room around the Eagle unload
I was looking around for Ski Patrol and it was a shame that we didn't have the GoPro recording at the time (for the disco dancing mostly )
Many years ago I broke my wrist getting off that lift, when a rather large man lost control as he got off the lift and decided to fall on me!
Why can't the lifties just move people on? they do that in some places? Just a word or a gesture etc.
People respond better to someone in a uniform, rather than another rider/skier telling others to move on (generates incidents such as the above).
Had it resorted into fisticuffs or worse, nobody wins!
I know the resort management monitors the forums - take note then... Resorts have a duty of care towards its customer to provide a safe place to ski, ride, unload etc etc etc.
Could have been posted straight to Jerry of the Day.
Bouquets to the lifty handing out the poma's at Lakeside on Saturday. She handed them out really steady and was really helpful to beginners.
Now its getting busy we have had a few mentioning parking issue.
Here is mine from the weekend.....
We arrived after 2:30 on Saturday just to have a few quick laps, eat and then night board.
Saw a couple of car parking sport at International car park but ideally wanted to be near FX for night boarding so continued up. Lucky enough found the last free car space but as I'm reversing in a dude on his mobile is stood in the way waving his arms about saying he was saving the spot for a mate??
WTF!....I did say you cant do that otherwise we all would and it would be chaos but he was carrying on like I'm the one in the wrong.
I park up and get out just as his mate is driving into the car park....they all start chuntering and pulling faces so I walk over to see the driver to tell him there is spaces down the bottom and I'm sure plenty up at windy. He`s having none of it and basically spits the dummy.
I'm not going to argue in front of my kid....and I don't want come back to a keyed car so I drive off and give him the space. Off I go up to windy and take my pick of 10 firkin free car spaces.
Then thanks to all this I loose my 9 year old on the last run because I turn off for windy and he follows wombats to the bottom. I hang about a bit then drive down and hes nowhere to be seen....he walked back up the slope so we missed each other. Ends up with me ...in the early stages of panic!, alerting staff for a search. Luckily falls creek transport guys find him and bringing him down to the cop shop.
So to the entitled d##k head who thinks he owns the car park, thanks for the evenings drama and the new grey hairs.
Oh you have no idea. I'm still smiling about it. I had the circus theme playing in my head.
This has been frustrating me no end over the past couple of weeks. Fortunately there were very few queues of significant length. Apart from sometimes on Towers there has been no control of singles queues....they have just become express/pushin queues.
She was doing a stellar job with presentation and launch. IMO she was being too helpful to beginners for a lot of the time. Too often she would leave her post and walk over to help them up, then she would have them shuffle back up the load ramp to try again. In this time she missed out on loading at least 10 sticks (about 1/3 of the lift queue) on a busy day.
It is an intermediate lift, what she needs to do is observe that they are alright and clear of the track and direct them to cut into the ski school entry and try again....then continue loading sticks. Everybody is safe and sound, the person having trouble gets to cut back into the line only about 4 people back from where they were and have a chance to settle themselves before trying again....importantly loaded sticks keep going up the line and the queue keeps moving.
If you can ride the terrain there's no excuse not to be able to ride the lift to use it, POMA included.
Not a troll but +1 and I are fine to ride separate chairs so use the single queue quite often. We've always seen it as being ok as the number of 2's and 3's the lifties allow was annoying.
Bit of a grey one I would've thought
You may have been in the queue when I was
I was going to add to my post, how many stacks is considered too many before you have to walk to Towers?
I did find the queue on Lakeside a bit tiresome - constantly stopping etc esp. late on Saturday arvo. I mostly gave it a miss if I could see that there was a long queue over the days it was running and scoot over to Towers (erk - even more people) or a push to Scotts.
@Conners - I second the singles line as the expressway, my kids can't be bothered waiting for me to catch up so get up for another run as quickly as. As long as I know which part of the mountain they're skiing, it's fine.
It's downhilll skiing it brings out the worst in people. you have to take up XC for a more Zen experience!
@Conners and @Scott No Mates the situations that you are describing are not something that I am criticising, this is exactly what the singles queue is for and use it the same often myself. My issue is with people sliding down the singles queue and not making up full chairs but pushing through regardless, often getting to the gates as a single or just joining up with their 3 mates behind them in the singles queue to make up a chair of their own. So many times I saw singles pushing through into a group that was already 4 and then loading by themselves when stranded alone at the gates.
Agree, not cool
Tell that to the emergency responder on snowmobile a couple of years back that had a cross country skier start belting into them with their ski pole because they didn't like the fact that they were on a snowmobile!!!!
This drives me nuts
I have seen the error of my ways - I will seek out the XC Team. Maybe not straight away but in spring upon my return
I saw plenty of boarders having difficulty with the Inter poma on Saturday - each was being lifted unceremoniously off the ground then neatly dumped in a crumpled heap a few metres away.
Not the easiest lift for boarders.
there's always a few idiots around! I skied from Falls to Mt Nelse on AT gear years back and was berated by a young XC tourer lass who said that my gear was out of place in the backcountry (she was correct for the BHP).
come to think of it, I was well ahead of my time, using AT gear in 1985 or thereabouts! I saw it in 1984 in Austria and was quite surprised to be able to buy some gear in Melbourne.
Hehe, love the way that thing tosses out undesirables. Skiers and boarders alike.
Then they shuffle back to the end of queue. Eventually to arrive at the front of the queue. Liftie hands them the pole, they grasp the pole ... and splat ! ... down they go and spread out flat on the snow
That's the encore
I love inter
May she never change (although I'd take a few less breakdowns)
@Karicta - the last thing you'd want is more people in the Maze.
there are some d@#kheads around soza. An idea for next time invest in some walkie talkies. used them with my kids and averted the odd lost child situation
This is me..although not the falling part (ok, maybe sometimes). I am only 5'0" tall and I always get lifted into the air. I get lifted off the ground sometimes at Lakeside. You just have to expect it and hope that you land straight. I get air where the poma crosses the trails and I get whiplash around the top corner. I just try to hold on and hope for the best.
I call it Australia's only Triple Black run.
International. Best Poma in Falls and probably best Poma in Aus. Awesome when its on, not just for ejecting substandard riders
Marvellous watching the kids get air on the left hand bend!
I dislike the nutcracker.
Ahem @Charlie It's not only kids
The turn has caught me unawares. First time skis well off the ground, second time disembarked just after the turn, took off my skis and knelt on the ground for a fair while with my eyes watering and feeling quite ill. It is a great lift 'though.
The last time my kids got air on the inter was when they were 5. They had no problems whatsoever last week.
OK, kids and little people?
Yeah depends on the amount of snow on the track. There are probably only 2 weeks of the season where I don't get air