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BillyKidd said:
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....

The only pic I can find of Marnie is more current and she's wearing goggles
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John inherited the family chicken farm (big farm) in the Seychelles and I think he spends most of his time there. He was my +1s first ski instructor in the 60s. Have no idea what Paris is doing now, but he must be in his 30s
 
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JonthePom

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Andy's been a top friend since way back then. That's a younger version of her in the photo by the Gully Chair, posted 27/08. Her daughter, currently based in London, was with us last month......and describes her Mum as "groovy" in the pic.
Andy regularly skis Falls still but has a hideout at Hotham.
 

DanielaK

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Hi,
I have skied at falls creek since being a kid... so that takes me back to 1980... Mum and Dad were at falls in the 70's...i have a 70's ski ticket somewhere, and i also have the coin that was used when i was a kid.

just have to work out how to post pics..
 

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DanielaK said:
Hi,
I have skied at falls creek since being a kid... so that takes me back to 1980... Mum and Dad were at falls in the 70's...i have a 70's ski ticket somewhere, and i also have the coin that was used when i was a kid.

just have to work out how to post pics..

Welcome.

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JonthePom

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Hallo Daniela
Welcome from the Pom too.
You wouldn't by any chance be related to Dick & Elena would you?
Good luck with the pictures.....it keeps beating me!
 

ausi ski bum

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I have a number of those tokens, I use them as Key Rings, I also dropped off a heap of them in Geocaches around the world.

If you go to the Easter Egg hunt at Easter, generally they use the tokens for the kids to find and swap for eggs, I believe FCSL still have heaps of them at the office.
 

Vida

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Hi everyone,
my father, Slavko, built the original Snow Crystal Inn back in the late 1950s.
I took my first steps there in 1959, and although I now live in Canada, Falls Creek is a part of me and always will be. Here are a few pics from the family album.
 

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

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Hi Teckel,

I maintain a site covering Australian Snow Cats and would like to include this picture of what seems to be a Ratrac oversnow if that's Ok with you? Ratracs haven't been overly common in Australia and an earlier picture of one in use in Victoria like this is great.

If so, please let me know how you would like the picture credited. If you are interested, my site is in the signature line below.

Thank you for your consideration.

Cheers, Andrew
 
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JonthePom

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Hallo Andrew
Not wishing to take anything away from Teckel's better skill at getting photos into this forum for me, it was me behind the camera that day. We were using the one and only Ratrac at Falls to gather snow to keep the Summit T-Bar track together for one last October weekend.
The only other tracked machines there at the time were a couple of Weasels run by Herbie at Oversnow Transport.
I was one of the two drivers for the Ratrac which spent more time on bringing supplies up to the Frying Pan and maintenance work than grooming. No tillers in that day so skiers favoured natural conditions more than the smooth ice one could leave behind the Ratrac.
It had notoriously weak transmission - you can see the final drives are not original and used to break shafts like carrots...perhaps a self-inflicted problem since it had an Aussie Falcon six-cylinder petrol engine?
Great website Andrew....many memories there too. In 89/90 my wife and I helped out at Mt Dobson in NZ - where we had a newish PB200, a faithful Thiokol and a manic little Kiwi-built "wee-groomer". I'll look out some pictures.
 

JonthePom

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Hallo Vida
It was a sorry day when the old Snow Crystal went....a real bit of history.....and my on/off home for three years too!
I wonder where you are in Canada? My wife Sally and I visit friends and rellies there most years. It would be great to meet up.

Best wishes
Jon

PS If you're having the same trouble I do with photos - then Teckel's your man! Or not?
 

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i was never wondering. i have always accepted teckel's assertion of her femininity.
my comment was triggered by the mathematics of certainty. if something is not proved then it must be by definition unknown.
 
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AndrewCudgewa

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Hi Teckel and Jonthe Pom,

My apologies to you both for the mix-up.
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JonTP, thanks for the permission and also the recollections which I will include on the site, crediting you. First I have heard Falls Creek had Weasels!

Thank you again.

Cheers, Andrew
 
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here is some memorabilia from the Falls Creek Hotel, photographed by me, July 2011. The provenance of the materials might be known by some. I guess you would contact the owners of FCH for more info.

The map and lodge photos are from the olden CSIR lodge I stayed it that year.

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kyle hymans

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I know this thread is old but i searched up my dad on the internet, found this, made an account just to post this. i am kyle hymans, eric is my dad and bob was my grandfather :)

Falls Creek has been discussed in the Old Hotham thread, but rather than derail it, it's probably wiser to start up a separate Falls Creek history thread.

Anecdotes and photos appreciated.

Briefly, Falls was founded by wartime employees working on the Kiewa hydro scheme. They operated out of a house owned by the hydro scheme and occupied by Tony and Skippy St Elmo-Beveridge. They built Bogong S.C. Hut circa 1946, bypassing strict post-war rationing of building materials by "discovering" old material elsewhere. However the building material appeared to be brand new and bore a strong resemblance to that used in the hydro scheme...

Despite strong opposition from the head of the Kiewa scheme, (a benevolent puritan called H.C.C. Williams who didn't want tourists clogging up his roads and destroying his "dry" construction camps by bringing in booze), Falls Creek boomed as much as Hotham, partly owing to it's relatively good access road.

When the credit crunch of 1952 led the Kiewa scheme to be halved in size, (today's Kiewa is only a shadow of what was planned), curfews on road use were eased and the place took off even more.

Early lodges included Bogong (c.1946), Skyline (1947), Albury (1949), Myrtleford (1949) and Dawn (c.1950).

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The best sources for Falls Creek history are:
- Interviewing surviving old timers and
- Monthly magazines published in the 40's and 50;'s: Ski Horizon and Schuss.
Useful books include:
- Bob Howe. Melting tracks: history and memories of Albury Ski Club and early Falls Creek. The author, 2004.
- Julian Newton-Brown. Falls Creek: how it came to be. Janby Productions, 2005.

The list of every Falls Creek lift is here: http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Australian_ski_tow_directory#Falls_Creek
Myrtleford Ski Club also built their own ski lift, I'd really love to know where it was.
 

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Hi Kyle, welcome to the forums.

I know your dad a little, and your aunt. She visits Mt Beauty fairly regularly. Never knew Bob though unfortunately. Eric was an awesome skier in his day.
 

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Hi all, I have come into this abit late, however I used to ski at FC from about mid-late 1960's for 20 years or so, and some of those photos bring back some memories. My dad was friends with Karl Sigmund and many others of that era, and Mt Beauty remains a second home in many ways. I wonder if anyone has any photos of the old picnic ground that used to be on the Falls Creek Rd, before Bogong Village but I think after the McKay power station turnoff. The site is now cleared of any buildings, but the main one was made out of stone, with a fireplace inside. It was a magic spot that I used to stop at with my dad many times.
 

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Mountain view picnic ground was a lovely spot. It fell victim to privatisation of the sec. Non-core business - had to go. Bogging village itself was lucky to survive and the arboretum only survives because of enthusiastic volunteers. You can't do tours of McKay power station anymore either. No photos sorry, just good memories
 

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Anyone know the story behind the arboretum? Used to look great a long time ago but looks a bit sad the last few years. Always wonder about the story behind it when driving past. Obviously a great effort was made when establishing it.
 

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The Arboretum is actually an old construction village from the hydro scheme. The terraces were for house sites. People planted trees around their houses. Many were migrants who planted trees they loved from their home countries.The village was very shaded and damp and not a very healthy environment. It was abandoned but the trees remain. The SEC used to maintain it before privatisation. A group of locals call themselves Friends of the Arboretum. They run working bees and do some fund raising. If you shop in Mt Beauty Supermarket you can give your points to them and they will get a small donation.
 
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Serenity

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Pity the same group can't ressurect the old picnic ground! I seem to remember postcards/brochures from that era showing the picnic ground in all it's glory, wish I had kept them.
 
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BillyKidd

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Hi Kyle, welcome to the forums.

I know your dad a little, and your aunt. She visits Mt Beauty fairly regularly. Never knew Bob though unfortunately. Eric was an awesome skier in his day.
I know this thread is old but i searched up my dad on the internet, found this, made an account just to post this. i am kyle hymans, eric is my dad and bob was my grandfather :)



Hi Kyle,

I knew your Dad during the Sundance days, Team Red etc. Your Grandfather was one of the originals and a real FC icon!
 

JonthePom

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Hallo All. Been a while but Falls is on our minds just now - we'll be there for a few days this time next month - first time back during a winter since 1972. My wife, Sally, and I will be meeting up with Andy and others and staying at Cosela. Despite the years and distance, Falls Creek has always been the "Sliding Door" in my life - the place that would have almost certainly been my home had I not returned to farming in the UK.
And yes, that's Jenny (Myer) in the red jumper - I would never have got my arms around Marnie! She and John were always pleasant but moved in different circles to a greasy lift mechanic!
 

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Hallo All. Been a while but Falls is on our minds just now - we'll be there for a few days this time next month - first time back during a winter since 1972.!

Welcome back

Snow conditions are excellent

You will soon discover that FC has changed a lot during the last 42 years;)
 

Scott No Mates

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Looked like that the first time I went to Falls in the mid 80's, Snow Crystal (now Snowski) was fresh out of the ground, so I hadn't seen it without a building in the bowl.
 

JonthePom

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My bet is that's Sigi Haberzetl (sp?) on the T-Bar in the last picture? Was he the Ski School boss then - he certainly was by the time I arrived in 1970?
Forget the floor - I'm sure the ghost of "Frying Pan Walter" must still haunt that building......not sure which was most frightening to the staff, him or the cabbage roll specials on the menu.....you could have made boots out of those leaves.
Just eleven days until we see it all for ourselves again!
 

Noel Caine

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I just came across this site while looking for information about Bob Hymans. I knew him from 1961 when my father Bill Caine and I stayed at the Grand Coeur the night it burned down an hour after we booked in. (Good timing, or what!) I still remember that night clearly. I saved my camera, fortunately and took a couple of photos of the chalet burning and the remains next day. Unfortunately the night-time photos of the fire were unprintable.
My father had known Bob from the '40s when they used to race together with other characters like Tony Auslungel (I hope I spelled that name correctly) who went on to found Auski. I didn't know that Bob had died in 2007, but I suspected that he might have died by now, given his age. I last saw him on a summer trip to Falls Creek several years before 2007. He was a funny character- a very dry sense of humour. Sometime in the early '90s I found a newspaper item dated 1/3/1956 in an old copy of the Herald that a friend found under some lino he was removing, about him building his chalet (I presume it was Grand Coeur) which had a photo of Bob and the architect looking over the plans. I gave it to him the following year when I stayed at Four Seasons.
Who owns the chalet now?
 

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I think the lease on Four Seasons reverted to resort management some years ago, after Bob's death. I think Southern Cross was sold, but not sure to whom.
 

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I think Norm Martins may have bought Southern cross to redevelop like they did Cedarwood. So many of the people I used to know at Falls Creek have passed away in recent years.
 
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