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Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by currawong, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Slalom

    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just outlayed for the 6 day, any day pass. Good value.
     
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  2. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Does anyone know if I can redeem Hero Pass lift pass discount vouchers (have printed them out) online? I'm taking up my boys over the weekend, and it would be vastly preferable to purchase their lift tickets online rather than having to stand in a queue...
     
  3. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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    Try calling the office?
     
  4. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    And the answer is?
     
  6. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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  7. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lift company confirmed over the phone it has to be done in person. Gave them some immediate and robust (but polite) feedback. Not impressed, especially as they already have a voucher acceptance system set up in their check-out process, and their print-out vouchers also already have a unique digital ID. Not hard!

    This generates a disincentive for Hero Pass users to cash in their discounts and in effect devalues these discounts. Not really good customer service if you think about it. The system is set up not for the consumer, but for the administrator. Might take my cash elsewhere next season, come to think of it...not that this would have any impact.
     
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  8. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

    Scott No Mates Ver 1.1 Addicted

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    Customer service isn't meant to make life easier for customers - why would anyone want to take advantage of the 'freebies' included in the ticket?
     
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  9. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    A staffer's car on Road 24 after the dump.


    Pic by Nikki Ta.
     
  10. Chaeron

    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ouch! Now that's what insurance is for.... Hope the resort covers the excess!
     
  11. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    It won't polish out?
     
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  12. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

    Scott No Mates Ver 1.1 Addicted

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    At least his wipers were up :p
     
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  13. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sigh.
    3rd day confined to basecamp. Done the shopping, washing and shell-garment reproofing. I spose it'd be silly to wax the skis for the second time.
    I'm tempted to drive up the hill just to see how bad it is.
     
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  14. Hermon

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  15. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Prob one of the Rovers.
     
  16. Hully

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    Army again....
     
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  17. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pics of the backcountry all taken at about this time in August. They give some idea of coverage.

    2017 From PV road near the gate, looking down Rocky Valley:


    2015, taken from near there - at the top of one of the Knolls. Rocky Knobs on the right, Nelse South far left. I noted great coverage of sugar snow. The south slopes weren't sastrugied as they are now.



    2013 Rocky Knobs and BHP road:


    2012, Frying Pan Spur and the Fainters:
     
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  18. Gogeelong

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    Any advice on where to buy new ski poles in the morning on the mountain would be appreciated. I am staying at QT.

    Conditions today were so good I was daydreaming as I headed into the maze and skied into a rope! What an idiot. Thankfully only thing that broke was a pole!
     
  19. Hully

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    You'll need to go to the Bowl or ski through the Village.....Snow Rider at the Hotel, Yogis or Central Snowsports.
     
  20. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Isn't there a shop just up the road from hallways comet on the left? Looking at the map it is in halleys lodge opposite pretty valley lodge
     
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    Hmmmm might be quicker to just rent some poles for the last two days of this trip.

    Does anyone know if shops do this? The place in QT does not have this as an option on its online booking page.
     
  22. Hully

    Hully One of Us

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    Sorry forgot about them.
     
  23. Hully

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    It would probably take as long to go through the rental process as it would to catch Halley's chair, ski to the bowl/through the Village, grab a pair of poles to buy and then jump on Summit or Inter.
     
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  24. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do you want good poles or just anything will do? If you want something decent then go with @Hully's suggestions - central snowsports, yogi's or snowrider.
     
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  25. Gogeelong

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    Thanks @Hully. This sounds like a plan. Thanks @emkae and @currawong as well
     
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  26. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's always a selection of poles outside the cafes
    :out:
     
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  27. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ones lost in the car parks usually end up in the Oversnow terminal.
     
  28. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did he have Snow Tyres?
     
  29. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Of course! Imagine the grip it has.
     
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    Snow tyres and lowered suspension, it's a fully sick snow beast!
     
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  31. Scott No Mates

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    I wasn't going to suggest that. ;)
     
  32. snowtyres

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    These do!
     
  33. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    A for persistence.
    D for sense of humour.
    E for reading an audience.
    = Ignore Poster.
     
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  34. Hully

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    As I posted in response to you in another thread.....
    "Yeah, all (except ambo) purchased by peoples gate entry fees by an organisation going backwards at over $3/4 million per year. Buller RMB CEO lost his job because he couldn't afford Nokian tyres and had to rort the system to buy them.:):):thumbs:"
    The car that was parked at Road 24 and had a tree fall on it was doing so in order not to have to pay Resort Entry. Most likely a young resort worker who contributes much more to the visitor experience than you ever will.
     
  35. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Need Nokian Rollbars to prevent damage in possible tree fall....
    The only advantage that Hotham has is its carparks are free from any tree fall possibility.
     
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  36. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I gather tree falls aren't uncommon on Road 24.

    It's reserved for staff parking, at no cost, nor is there any damage cover.
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    FCRM has announced it's extending the season by a week, to October 8.
     
  38. Scott No Mates

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    Dang - I've just booked the whole of the week prior. Oh well. I'll just have to enjoy that week even if it's not the last.
     
  39. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I suspect that quite a few businesses may choose not to open in that last week. Numbers will probably be low and staff will have made other arrangements. But there will be enough to enjoy the bonus week
     
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    They should make entry free for that week. Taking advantage of the second week of school holidays no doubt but it would normally finish about the same time if the October long weekend (NSW) did not fall on the 1/10 so really it should be business as usual. I have not seen other resorts jump onto this as yet but I am sure they will.
     
  41. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    usually vic resorts close a week before nsw. once upon a time show day was a public holiday on the thursday and if it was a good season people would make a long weekend of closing. in fact bulle r& hotham sometimes close awek earlier. I can't recall falls closing before that but could well be mistaken
     
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  42. Scott No Mates Ver 1.1

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    Closing date does vary a little - last year FC closed on the Sunday of the NSW Long Week End, that is pretty standard as the Victorians don't get this day in October (but have Melbourne Cup or local race days instead).

    The snow at FC usually holds up better than Buller due to the orientation of the hill.
     
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    Okay, so it looks like +1 and I are going to make a September holiday trip to Falls. Does the Gully chairlift still run as an access lift even if the run going down to it isn't skiable?
     
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    I am 99% confident that it does. Someone will chip in and take that to 100%, I am sure.
     
  45. Chaeron

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    If the resort is open Gully runs, even if all the other lifts are on wind-hold and the run below it isn't skiable.

    However, in shoulder season, if the village is open to vehicles and one can drive up to the bowl it may not run, but then it isn't an issue.
     
  46. Hamburglar

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    Looks like the Hero pass does't come with 7 days free in Steamboat anymore. Boo!
     
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    There was an article on Miss Snow it All facebook page today that the Eagle Chair redevelopment had go the go ahead. Falls Creek Resort replied that the rumor was true. The article says a high speed, detachable quad and I assume this will shift the alignment to that proposed in the strategic plan.
     
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    No. Alignment will be unchanged, just a few metres shorter. FCSL said getting permission for tthe other alignment was going to be too hard. Suspect it may also be cheaper to keep this alignment
     
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    Thanks for that information. I couldn't find much detail on what they had planned.
     
  50. Hully

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    My understanding is that the load will be closer to the maintenance workshop with a building for storing chairs and unload a little lower to provide a larger unload area. I think they would have liked the chair building where the old tennis courts were but this is designated by RMB for a future ice skating rink.