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Falls Creek Report

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by currawong, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Somebody better kick off something for this new Falls Creek forum. Might as well be me.

    Falls is looking great for mid June.

    Serious amounts of snow-making have been done on Towers and Drovers. I haven't checked out Monkey Bar, but it is open for beginners.

    On Towers, only Main Street is groomed, but there is enough cover on the nastar course and under the chair if you want some variety. Highway 83 has patchy ungroomed cover. It looks skiable but we didn't bother. Cover on Main Street is very good.

    Cover on Drovers is also very good. It narrows at the bottom, but still plenty of room.

    Regarding the changes due to construction of St Falls:

    At the bottom of FC Express, they have made a big ramp around the construction site to get you up to the ticket office and load area. You can also walk from the day shelter directly to the bottom of the lift.

    Shuttle service

    The village shuttle service this year is using VW vans. I understand that they will be fitted with tracks later in the season. I think the plan is to run it continuously rather than to a timetable - expected time between services 15 minutes.

    Driving Up

    There is a major hydro power station construction project near Bogong Village. There is a lot of heavy vehicle traffic associated with the project. Drivers are pretty good about pulling over, but you need to be a bit patient. Be mindful that the long vehicles often cross the centre line, so be extra careful around blind corners in case there is one waiting to ambush you.

    Yesterday in bright sunshine, boys in blue were checking chains and alcohol levels in the morning. Make sure you have the former but not the latter.
     
  2. ausi ski bum

    ausi ski bum A Local

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    It was a nice day yesterday. Adding to the report above. The Playground area is well covered and groomed but a little solid so not so good for beginer boarders just yet. Highway is rough it has obviously beed chopped up while soft and frozen like that, looks nice but not really worth skiing just yet.

    Drovers is without doubt the pick of the skiing at the moment, Main street is good but it does get a bit repeditive.

    At the top of Wombats is the new Big Reds cafe, nice spot and once the terrain park jumps are built just beyond here later in the season its bound to become a very popular spot.

    Snowmaking was running until 10:00am and the guys have made a huge amount of snow, when people question the cost of the lift tickets for just a few lifts, remember the snowmaking is what your paying for.

    Re the drive up, yes it is tricky now with the Hydro works, I folowed a huge crane section yesterday but the did let me through as soon as they could which is more than I can say for the idiot in the white Pejero with Queensland plates that crawled down the mountain not letting anyone pass. If your a slower driver, pull over and let the faster cars pass, there are dozens of spots to do this.

    So my first ski for the season was fun and I am looking forward to next weekend as well after the expected snow this week.
     
  3. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    how is ruined castle looking ?
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    the web cam here is closer than you get in real life without walking. AFAICT, they are snow making when they can and it's getting there. As long as it doesn't rain, I'd guess it would be open for the school holidays.
     
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  5. ausi ski bum

    ausi ski bum A Local

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    If we get the dump predicted tomorrow (and I have my doubts) it cold be open very soon, the Ruined Castle side at least, normally Ruined Castles opening is delayed by lack of snow on Scotts as that is needed to access the area.
     
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    Slushii Mostly missing in action... Moderator

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    Hi ASB, Forecast today was snow down to 700 meters? It is still very cold in Melbourne.
     
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    I thinks it's about to snow in the Adelaide Hills!
     
  8. punter

    punter First Runs

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    bring it on!
     
  9. Stratus

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    What is AFAICT?
     
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  10. emkae

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    AFAICT it should mean:

    As Far As I Can Tell...
     
  11. Andrew N

    Andrew N First Runs

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    thanks heaps for the reviews/updates guys - keep them coming!
     
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    After the recent snowfalls, just from looking at the cam, Ruined Castle looks like it has enough snow to open. I wonder if they'll consider that for the weekend?

    Have they done much snow making on Ruined?

    Also of course, Scott's and other access trails need to have enough cover as well to get there!
     
  13. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    From today's FC snow report

    I think that has to mean ruined and scotts. They would be next in the usual sequence, followed by Lakeside, Summit and finally Inter. Tube would be somewhere in there.

    Obviously lift co are being cagey about this till they see how much rain / snow / snowmaking weather they get this week. But it looks like a pretty strong hint.
     
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  14. Froggy

    Froggy First Runs

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    It'd have to be lakeside, scotts and ruined castle. The castle is looking alright on the cams with last nights snow covering a fair bit of the rocky bit in the middle (which they'd shut anyway) but look good to ski down the outside.
     
  15. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    lakeside didn't run at all last year and IIRC it doesn't have snow-making (which RC does). So I'd expect RC to be open first. But lets cross our fingers for all of them
     
  16. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Today's report shows wombats and broadway as open
     
  17. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's official: Ruined will be open on the weekend, with scotts for access

    clicky
     
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    <span style='font-size: 23pt'>More snow!</span> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  20. ausi ski bum

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    Scotts will also now open for skiing on the weekend
     
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    fx 140 ski freek Hard Yards

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    hey asb
    how come scotts doesnt open up the same time as ruined castle?
    its quite shady and icy in the mornings so wouldnt it hold its cover well??
    does it have snowmaking??
     
  22. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    don't really know, but it's usually the case that RC is ready before Scotts.

    It could just be that RC carries a lot more skier traffic so they concentrate snow making efforts there. The bottom of Scotts is also steeper than RC which may be a factor. I suspect that "summer groom" on RC would be better too.
     
  23. ausi ski bum

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    Scotts is a lot more exposed to the wind and often takes a while to build a base on several of the more exposed sections, the snowmaking tends to work better on RC as it is more sheltered from the wind, Scotts has great snowmaking but once the wind picks up the snowmaking on scotts tends to land on Towers.

    Its opening tomorrow now
     
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    skimax Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep the middle steep pitch on scotts does struggle to keep snow due to what asb said
     
  25. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great day skiing today, Saturday 23 June.

    Monkey Bar [​IMG] Very Good
    Drovers [​IMG] Excellent
    Towers [​IMG] Very Good
    Lakeside [​IMG] Closed
    Scotts [​IMG] Good
    Ruined Castle [​IMG] Good
    Summit [​IMG] Closed
    International [​IMG] Closed
    The Maze [​IMG] Closed
    Off-piste Frontside [​IMG] Closed
    Off-piste Backside [​IMG] Marginal
    Wombat’s Ramble [​IMG] Fair
    Other home trails [​IMG] Good to bowl
    Village Roads [​IMG] Patchy

    Blue sky, hardly any breeze, recent snowmaking.

    Scott and Ruined were firm early – mild death cookies on Ruined. Pick of these runs was Father Fosters. By mid afternoon, a few thin areas were showing, but skiing was still good. Some people were off-piste around big dipper area, but it looked very marginal.

    Towers and Drovers were a delight. Really nice surface and very good cover, including Highway 83, Nastar and under Towers chair. Rapunzels and Fox Trail not ready yet.

    Wombats had good cover as far as the big left hand corner, then a bit patchy but still easily skiable.
    Junction/Broadway had good cover, with a few patches low in the junction, but easily navigated.
    Forget skiing to Gully – road is patchy from the hub and Diana trail is also patchy.
     
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  26. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another great day skiing today, Sunday 24 June.

    Monkey Bar [​IMG] Very Good
    Drovers [​IMG] Excellent
    Towers [​IMG] Excellent
    Lakeside [​IMG] Closed
    Scotts [​IMG] Good
    Ruined Castle [​IMG] Good
    Summit [​IMG] Closed
    International [​IMG] Closed
    The Maze [​IMG] Closed
    Off-piste Frontside [​IMG] Closed
    Off-piste Backside [​IMG] Marginal-Fair
    Wombat’s Ramble [​IMG] Fair
    Other home trails [​IMG] Good to bowl
    Village Roads [​IMG] Patchy

    Another bluebird day like yesterday. Snowmaking was even better than Saturday

    Scott and Ruined were still firm. Pick of these runs was still Father Fosters. A few thin areas were showing, but skiing was still good. Skier-packed slope in the big dipper area had some nice snow, but dodging bushes and icy sections. Other off-piste looked very marginal.

    Towers and Drovers were a delight. The snowmaking here was near perfect. Really nice surface and very good cover, including Highway 83, Nastar and under Towers chair. You would rarely see these runs in better condition - just magic. Fox Trail had a few tracks through the bushes. Rapunzels not ready yet.

    Wombats had good cover as far as the big left hand corner, then a bit patchy but still easily skiable. Last Hoot is only just skiable.

    Day's End/Junction/Broadway had good cover, with a few patches low in the junction, but easily navigated.
    Forget skiing to Gully: yesterday road was patchy from the hub and Diana trail was also patchy - can't have improved since then
     
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    Currawong - great reports mate! [​IMG]

    About Wombats - does the newly installed snowmaking not seem to be having much effect, or is that not yet installed all the way down?
     
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  28. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    snowmaking goes about half-way down, they will put in more next summer.

    They can also push snow down a bit. Without snowmaking, i doubt that wombats would be open.
     
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  30. Stratus

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    Thanks for the reports ASB and Currawong, will head down next Thursday for a few days for the first ski of the season!

    Not too bad for Early July.