1. SPECIAL NOTE TO NEW REGISTRATIONS

    If you recently registered and have not received a confirmation email - please check your 'Spam or Junk' folders. Especially if your email is Hotmail. More help with confirmation issues

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice
  2. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Apr├Ęs topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Old Falls Creek

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Bogong, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    11,820
    Likes Received:
    2,088
    Location:
    The pointy end, fully reclined
    Thanks again for your wonderful contributions Jon. [​IMG] A quick question... what were they doing pouring concrete at Pretty Valley in 1970?

    I know that there was no ski development over there and I haven't heard of any major hydro works there since 1960?

    EDIT. Silly me. [​IMG] Curra has pointed out that Jon was referring to PV Lodge, not Pretty Valley to the west of the ski resort.
     
    #101 Bogong, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  2. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    My point of view, riding the icon, 30 July 2011. Heaven bound. Legendary lift.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #102 VSG, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  3. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    Summit, same day.

    [​IMG]
     
    #103 VSG, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    bogong, i think he means Pretty Valley Lodge, opposite Spargo's
     
  5. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    Back on topic. Some time in the sixties, courtesy FC Hotel.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #105 VSG, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  6. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2005
    Messages:
    8,099
    Likes Received:
    289
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    Like [​IMG]
     
    #106 Stratus, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  7. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
    Re: Opening Day on the Inter. Poma

    ^ Don't tell Rob Spargo, but I had to lift each pic in its frame off the wall, rest it on the bar bench, to reduce the glare from the bright sunlit background behind me. Ssssh. Our secret! [​IMG]
     
    #107 VSG, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  8. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    11,820
    Likes Received:
    2,088
    Location:
    The pointy end, fully reclined
    Re: Old Falls Creek.

    Nice work VSG. [​IMG]

    Wish list.

    - I have yet to see a 1950's photo taken from The Bowl showing the Nissen and Collis tows on the summit. They're shown on the map I posted earlier in this thread and there are a few close up pics of Nissen, but none of both lifts from the bowl.

    - And where on earth was the 1951 Myrtleford Ski Club lift and how many years did it operate?

    - Finally I'd like to find out which companys made the current chairlifts. The ski season appears to have finished prematurely and I didn't get up to Falls this year to make notes. Apart from this, details of all 40 lifts at Falls are almost complete. http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Australian_ski_tow_directory#Falls_Creek
     
    #108 Bogong, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  9. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Likes Received:
    594
    Re: Old Falls Creek.

    VSG, nice (on the sly) snaps.

    However those shots are probably around the 73/74/75 mark as the motel (now hotel) was not built until the early 70s (72??) from memory.

    Be good to see if we could get some early snaps from the good people at Cooroona and Diana, both long established (and very early) lodges. I used to play in the area next to Cooroona as a kid - before Ripparoo was built, it was a flat site which accumulated a lot of snow...great fun.

    Steve Lee's old man must have collected a few snaps of old FC in his time before heading north.

    Jon, do you recall Big Al at Diana by any chance. Not sure if he was up there when you were but you never know.

    Just trying to remember the name of the big Austrian guy who used to run the lifts up there in the 70s/early 80s....Jon, how's your memory? (Pretty good so far I reckon...) Seem to recall he retired up to the Gold Coast but the damn pills haven't kicked in yet and my memory is on the blink today (need to drink more Scotch).
     
    Marg Old Diana Lodge likes this.
  10. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
    Re: Old Falls Creek.

    I did visit FC in '74 in Easter.
     
  11. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1998
    Messages:
    68,672
    Likes Received:
    5,015
    Location:
    Port Macquarie NSW
  12. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    #112 JonthePom, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  13. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    [​IMG]
     
    #113 teckel, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  14. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2005
    Messages:
    8,099
    Likes Received:
    289
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Cool. [​IMG]
     
    #114 Stratus, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2013
  15. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    11,820
    Likes Received:
    2,088
    Location:
    The pointy end, fully reclined
    Thanks Jon. You are a terrific store of great stories, nice photos and useful facts. [​IMG]

    I've updated my geeky list of Falls Creek lift stats.
     
    #115 Bogong, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  16. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Wonderful pitcures VSG......could have been taken in 1970!

    Likewise with the memory pill/Scotch deficit problem, BK, I'm trying for the life of me to remember the name of the family at Diana then? Just the one teenage daughter - and maybe a younger son? - who used to do odd days during the holidays for Alpine'. Big Al rings all sort of bells......but no immediate image forms.

    Austrians were pretty thick on the the ground then. Zigi & Renata Haberzetl (sp?) ran the ski school, Joe (Reitner I think) was the (moody) brains behind the cats' cradle of telephone and lift control wires that preceded workable radios. Walter ? at the Frying Pan. Walter (Wally) Erlacher at Alpine then Koki. "Big Hans" Fischer at Koki.....he may the one who went back to the lifts after I left?
     
    Marg Old Diana Lodge likes this.
  17. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    SEC hut under snow 1950
    [​IMG]
     
    #117 teckel, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  18. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Ski lodge at Spion Kopje Flat, 1947
    [​IMG]
     
    #118 teckel, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  19. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Construction camp, Rocky Valley, 1950
    [​IMG]
     
    #119 teckel, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  20. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    #120 JonthePom, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  21. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Sorry Jon. "Sorry, that page was not found."
     
  22. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Hallo Teckel...inept of Cornwall here......didn't realise each new 'album' had to be made 'public'. Should work now. I'm thinking my underlying problem is because we use aol rather than explorer and this still sometimes conflicts with thrird parties. But emails to and from all the old mates are everything to us so we'll stick to our longstanding aol address.
     
  23. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Falls Creek brochure

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And not one mention of the word 'iconic' in the whole brochure!
     
    #123 teckel, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  24. wannaski

    wannaski One of Us

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    1,030
    Likes Received:
    63
    There are some great pictures in there. I myself have sat around that fireplace at Julians and enjoyed a drink or two.
     
    Marg Old Diana Lodge likes this.
  25. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2005
    Messages:
    11,820
    Likes Received:
    2,088
    Location:
    The pointy end, fully reclined
    I've uploaded that map onto Ski Maps. There are now 11 maps of Falls Creek over the years showing the increasing lift coverage from 1950 - 2000 (and the shrinking area serviced by lifts in this century).

    http://www.skimap.org/SkiAreas/view/1164
     
    #125 Bogong, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  26. Apresski

    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    47,579
    Likes Received:
    8,881
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Jon, I used to catch up with Hans Fischer from time to time in Noosa, not sure whether he's still there, couldn't seem to locate him this year.
     
  27. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Trust you, Bogong, to know of such a site. [​IMG] Amazing site though, even an area for fantasy maps (hint, hint, VSG)
     
    #127 teckel, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2013
  28. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Pretty cool bunch weren't they....err, we? Hopefully many of those 'beautiful people' are still out there right now - skiing with the grandchildren!
    Apart from Julian by the fire, the only other I can put a name to is Alex ? (right, in red sweater). He was a regular instructor from Austria.....nice bloke.
    The dinner scene has Jeff Henke, Zigi, Lorna Dunkley, Bill Bridgeford and Renata (Mrs Zigi) with the blond hair.
    Perhaps we should offer a prize for identifying "Superman"? Had he a beard then I could hazard a guess....but this one looks clean shaven.
    Many thanks Teckel
     
  29. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    #129 JonthePom, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  30. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Ian, Paul & Andy:


    [​IMG]

    Bottom end of that concrete shute. Spargo's in the background

    [​IMG]

    Some of the same faces. Mount Beauty 2005

    [​IMG]

    Collecting snow to reapir T-bar tracks - end of 71 season

    [​IMG]

    So, you;re the one in the blue jumper in the last pic, are you Jon?
    Good to hear you still all get together - especially you, from so far away.
     
    #130 teckel, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  31. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    No! Curly hair never lent itself to 70s dangling locks.
    OK will come clean....I'm centre, seated, fawn jumper in the 2005 pic. Wife, Sally, short hair back left.....and still smiling despite it being her first meeting with these "legends" of my past!
    Thank you Teckel for the posting.....if not ID-ing the wrong man.
     
  32. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Likes Received:
    594

    JP - Hans Fischer it was.....well done.

    The family that Diana Lodge (still do?) were at Swan Hill as I recall. Maybe ASB can help out on this one?
     
    #132 BillyKidd, Aug 28, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2013
    Marg Old Diana Lodge likes this.
  33. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    BK...the Big Al wasn't Albert Costello was it? He met his wife-to-be, Shirley, in 70 or 71 when she and a friend worked for Alpine'.

    Bogong.....nothing nerdy about putting down lift - and other - details. Time moves on quickly, as do people these days, and memories soon get lost. After my time, many and better people have been involved with the FC lifts this past 40 years, but I'd hazard a guess that much of the pre-72 info is held in the heads of just two people...but my "sources" are both now in their eighties. I was just a passing individual who happened to love what he was doing and took an interest for those few years.
    Stick with it!
     
  34. Apresski

    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    47,579
    Likes Received:
    8,881
    Location:
    Melbourne
    At the Mt Beauty dinner, Heinzy and Normie Martens, sitting to your right.
     
  35. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    mt beauty dinner:
    dick & elenor Humphreys standing at the back.
    on the right in the blue shirt looks like Yogi
    next to him might be rosco
     
  36. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    re Cooroona - I know Irwins had it, but not sure if they were the originals
     
  37. TACKIE

    TACKIE One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2002
    Messages:
    1,796
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Location:
    warmer climes
    Tony Greene was there in the 60s also i think....Lyn is still floating around at Falls.
     
    #137 TACKIE, Aug 30, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2013
  38. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    I think Lyn is at Trackers

    back to the dinner pic. I think lady in red on the right is Di, Heinzy's partner

    also back to Albert & Shirley - I think the surname you want is Costa, not Costello. Their 4 boys are all top freestyle skiers. Adrian was in 4 Winter Olympics, including as flag bearer.
     
  39. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Hallo detectives!
    All pretty spot on with the ID parade.....must get everyone to hold up numbers next time! I'm just checking with Andy (once Kellett now Biasiutti), leaning back on the left, but I'm pretty sure the beard between Yogi & Di is Geoff Marsden.....one time skiing Egyptian mummy at a carnival.
    Of course, Costa not Costello which I had on the brain since my wife has friends in Italy by the latter name who have been phoning this week as they flee bad fires there.
     
  40. Apresski

    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    47,579
    Likes Received:
    8,881
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Jon,was John Cunningham around when you were at Falls, really close friend of Heinzy and Normie and me
     
  41. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    AS...sorry that name doesn't ring a bell...John must have been there after I left - or my memory has gone.
     
  42. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Hallo Teckel.....could you do the honours again please?
    https://picasaweb.google.com/112419887678209537868/SpargosDeIcing?authuser=0&feat=directlink
    I'm not sure that many of the mainly "Alpine" workers in the pictures of a routine 'Spargos' evening, lasted beyond that season. A young Heinzi is in evidence....as is part of his outline, behind the big chap in the de-icing shot. It wasn't often that a storm was followed by such a perfect morning for the job.
    That's Van Spargo's head behind the bar.
    The young lady on the right, smoking and in a red jumper was Jenny Myer, a nurse (from Ocean Grove, then) who I fancied rotten.....but lost touch with when we both moved on. Anyone able to add forty years and recognise her??
    The girl in the centre - haired tied back, smoking, fawn jumper - is Patsy.....and was here to stay with us in Cornwall a few days ago. Long since married to a Canadian , daughters, grand-children. Just as nice as she was then - and proof of many enduring friendships blamed on Falls Creek!
     
    #142 JonthePom, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 14, 2013
  43. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    Jon, sorry i haven't got time to put the pics up.

    the lady in red smoking and looking at the camera is Marnie Searles (married John Searles but split up quite a few years ago). she still skis beautifully and spends every winter at falls.
     
  44. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    Dropping off de-icing crew - Summit 1970

    [​IMG]

    Regular staff session - Spargos 1970

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #144 teckel, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  45. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    40,956
    Likes Received:
    8,603
    Location:
    Narbethong, Vic
    We have a dispute! [​IMG] Is the lady in red Marnie Searles or Jenny Myer? [​IMG]
     
    #145 teckel, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 11, 2013
  46. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    30,563
    Likes Received:
    13,873
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    for all i know, that may have been her name at the time. but no doubt in my mind that it is marnie.
     
  47. Apresski

    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    47,579
    Likes Received:
    8,881
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Saw Marnie on TV a couple of weeks ago, she was presenting a fashion parade at falls and was featured on The Circle. She still looks stunning and is a beautiful skier. She spends her winters at Falls Creek and her summers in The Seychelles,.

    Re. nurse Jenny. don't know whether it's the same one, but Heinzi used to frequent a 'nurse Jenny' before he met up with his current partner.
     
  48. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Cornwall, England
    Ah...Heinzi...what a lad! Brunette on one arm and blonde on the other! But I don't think it would be the same Jenny with him later on....I'm guessing she must have taken off traveling.

    Sorry, Cw, I can see where you're coming from but that's definitely Jenny and not Marnie....who, as mentioned was very much with John at that time. Though I knew them well enough out on the slopes, the Kilimanjaro set was definitely one above a liftie's beer and carpet bowls session at Spargos.

    Just one other name as a definite is the lady looking over her shoulder, centre of last pic. She was Marg. Drury - daughter of old Hobart (Sandy Bay) family. I visited them between seasons but, again, lost touch later.
     
  49. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Likes Received:
    594

    No, sorry for the delay in replying Jon, it wasn't Al Costello.
     
    #149 BillyKidd, Sep 5, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 18, 2013
  50. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,398
    Likes Received:
    594
    Might be Marnie....not sure if that is John to the left (partly obscured). Thought they originally had a chicken ranch or some damn thing in the Seychelles - hence the various sojourns. They had a son, Paris, not sure what he is up to nowadays, nor John. Saw Marnie a couple or so years ago at a distance with her young beau. Good for her. She has been a remarkably consistent part of FC for many years and that is a great thing to see. The lady in the second photo, partly obscured, in the white top looking to the photo's left....not sure, may be Anne Abel Smith (nee Kidman)....a wild guess. No doubt someone will prove me worng on most points here....