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Old Falls Creek

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

  1. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here's a pic of the 'resort' from 1959, taken by my father who worked on the McKay Ck power station pipeline. It's a scan from a slide that's dated May!

     
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  2. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I should add that he worked for Humes which had the contract for the pipeline and maybe also for the aqueducts. I got my first driving lesson at about 4 or 5 y.o. sitting on his knees steering the Land Rover on the road up.

    He went on to manage the penstock construction at M1, M2 (near Khancoban) and T3 (Talbingo) in the Snowies. I did a labouring stint at T3 in the early 70s. That was the last power station of the scheme I think.
     
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  3. schmejap

    schmejap Hard Yards

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    So who remembers when you needed a pocket full of these for a day at Falls?[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The break even point for a day ticket was 12 gold tokens - I still feel bad if I do less than 12 runs in a day

    ... despite always having a season pass
     
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  5. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator

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    It was treacherous . Dad would use 2 in the morning. Then after boozing all day with the locals come out and use remaining 2 in the arvo.
     
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    Heck I still remember the punch tickets or was that Buller?
     
  7. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Loved seeing these at the museum
     
  8. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wish we still had month of May like Ziggy's pic above.
     
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  9. gerard paviet

    gerard paviet First Runs

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  10. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Hope you like.

     
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  11. gerard paviet

    gerard paviet First Runs

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    I Met bob in france with bill Bridgford, in 69 when Bill offered me a job in falls to be in charge of the ski patrol and of the ski runs so i was driving the ratrac , i spent time in south of france in bob house , met his daughter and son....as he spoke french we got well together we also managed his four season lodge with my wife for one summer and Ertha was not interested to do it the summer ....great time ..
     
  12. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome Gerard, from a Falls Creek addict. I only started going there in 1981 but I love hearing about the history and have been lucky to have known a few of the old characters.
     
  13. gerard paviet

    gerard paviet First Runs

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    bonjour mireille
    j'ai connu bob avec Bill a la station de la plage ou je travaillais, en 69 ensuite je suis parti a falls creek avec ma femme et fille , j'ai connu vos 2 filles et fils, je suis allé aussi en vacances dans sa maison a ANtibes ...vous pouvez me joindre a
    pavietgerard@gmail.com
     
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  14. gerard paviet

    gerard paviet First Runs

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    [​IMG]can you tell me how to upload pics ?
     
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  16. Andrew McCallum

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    Hi my name is Andrew McCallum, son of Ron McCallum. He built all his own lifts in a factory in Moorabbin. He is 92 now, and living with my wife and I in Highett. I'm sure he would be ok for an interview.
    Great to see all the old Falls stuff being discussed. Most of my fondest memories are from that place, that we spent so much time at.
     
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  17. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    @teckel, could you let @Bogong know about this post? I don't know if he even lurks these days. Thanks
     
  18. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Shall do.
     
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  19. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks :)
     
  20. Andrew McCallum

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  21. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Fantastic photos Andrew! my dad and I stayed at what was apparently a lodge built by or for RAAF staff and family, around the vicinity of the current International Poma load. In 1974 I stayed a few days. :D
     
  22. gerard paviet

    gerard paviet First Runs

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    i have told andrew his son who is going to write a lot of things as his dad is still alive and liv with him, so soon yu will get a lot about Mac callum lifts ...great man i have worked with him for 2 years with dick also ....gerard
     
  23. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Flipped.




    The same lift pylon and terraced yellow (orange) lodge at top of slope can be seen on the right side of this photo, too. So, they are correctly scanned. Not reverse. :)

    [​IMG]
     
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  24. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think the first one above with the cars should be flipped back, judging by the steering wheel in the shot
     
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  25. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Emkae. Refresh. I realized that after. Have fixed. Thanks. :)
     
  26. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    No worries ;)

    Also have been going to falls since 1964 it didn't look quite right but I wasn't sure

    Luckily we had the steering wheel to help
     
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  27. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just to clarify, they were my fathers slides which I scanned in a few years ago. It is possible I may have got a couple of them the wrong way round.
     
  28. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

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    Hallo. Doesn't time move along? It's hard to believe it's now over two years since Sally & I made a pilgrimage back to Falls......catching some great snow conditions, meeting many old friends and sparking so many memories. It must have been the ghost of my old boss, Dick, that had me out of bed at daybreak and walking up to the dam at sunrise. From there it was 1970 still.....the same mountains and the same Inter. Poma along the spur.....absolutely beautiful. But arriving back into the melee of visitors, oversnow transport and then finding two days parking cost the same as I paid for my first Holden FE, brought me right back to the present. The 1970 Alpine staff earned $27.50 for the girls and $34.00 (all found) for the boys......yes, not PC now but still another world on prices.......it was still enough for a few beers most evenings.
    It was a wonderful visit but I'm not sure I could have 'corporatised' into the decades after my time there.
     
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  29. JonthePom

    JonthePom Hard Yards

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    How great to see a couple more 'old faces' turn up here!
    It's great to hear from you Gerard - we must have last met when skiing with Dick ('Basha' & 'Irish') in La Plagne in the mid 70s. From your photo, you look as young as ever. I can still remember sunny days spent helping splice the cable for the 'new' Baby Poma and French cuisine for dinners with your family at Four Seasons
    And also so good to find out from Andrew that Ron is still going strong. It was the biggest regret of our 2016 visit that we missed seeing him when he headed to Falls (to celebrate his 90th, I believe?) just as we rolled into Melbourne. Please remember me to him. I just hope I got it right with the earlier postings about which were McCallum lifts?
     
  30. JonthePom

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    Sorry - typo.....I meant 2014 visit!
     
  31. Scott No Mates

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    @VSG - any chance of recovering @ausi ski bum's pictures from the early pages?

    I haven't read this thread in years - I love how it's going again with some new faces. Learning things about many of the people who I have known at FC as well as everything else.

    I must be a newbie - first couple of trips in the mid-80s then almost every season or green season since before the turn of the century.
     
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  32. TC

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    I first skiied at falls in 1983
    I was a late starter to the sport..obsession
    These stories a brilliant and it sounds that a visit to a falls creek museum should be a must
    PS Bogong please come back
    We miss you
     
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  33. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    First skied Falls in 1969. Have lived, worked or skied there on and off ever since. This thread is a real treasure. Have seen a lot of changes, some good, some not so good but all interesting. The Alpine Shire itself has changed a lot too. Different stages of development and activity during and after the hydro work and road building, lodge establishment, changes to the tobacco industry, the very noticeable changes in skier type, number and visitation, the outcome of various recessions, competition, development and the changing focus of revenue generation from being just a ski hill to real estate opportunists to struggling for sustainable revenue. This thread keeps some of that to the fore so keep it coming as an historical resource. :D
     
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  34. BillyKidd

    BillyKidd One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    And I should note too the changes in equipment, lifting and XC and the variability of the snowpack and tree cover.
     
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    Reckon the most defining change has been after the installation of Falls Express ( and all it's other names ) shifting the focus away from the village bowl. I've been going to Falls since the 70's and some of those old pics and contributions bring back great memories. Thanks to all.
     
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    Its still a great place to ski at
     
  37. gettingtooold

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    Hi Jon, I'll chat to dad tonight and go through the list of lifts, and maybe post some corrections. I'm hoping Bogong (whom ever that is), or someone else will interview him before long. My email address is in my profile. It's a bit hard to work out who people are by their nick names. Anyway it's a great site.
     
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  39. Andrew McCallum

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    Yes they are both the correct way around now. 100%.
     
  40. teckel

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    Andrew, I can't see your email address on your profile, but I've sent you Bogong's email addy in a PM to you.
     
  41. Andrew McCallum

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    Ye, thanks I got his email address.
     
  42. VSG

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  43. Andrew McCallum

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    Love them. Can we go back to that time.
     
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    Postcard series

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  45. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not a snowboard in sight!! :out:
     
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  46. Andrew McCallum

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    The guy in the red instructors uniform looks like John Searls to me?? And it could be Elvis beside him. Great stuff. I'll have to post some. If we all did that, we could have a great repository of photos.
     
  47. gettingtooold

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    Summit used to be a bit bumpier back then.
     
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    It's funny how times change. Went to Falls on a bus, the one time only time with a group staying at the Mt Beauty chalet. Recall all the drivers sitting in the pub all day (Sundance ?) , only getting out to cook the barbie for lunch and drive us back down. I can only imagine what condition some of them were in.
     
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    I agree......that looks like John Searle's hair and build. The female instructor in the pic by the Ski School sign might well be Lorna (the instructor, not Dunkley).....though, Renate Haberzetl (sp?) also wore a fur hat. Is that Zigi in the line for the
    Village T?

    Yes, the Summit was bumpier - and I was only learning! I think I'm right in saying that, despite masses of snow (enough for the cornice to break off a couple of times), we only groomed it once all season. That was for the races and the results of our efforts with the basic trailed mogul-muncher/roller didn't impress the organisers much.

    Note the footwear of the woman with the child by the Summit T-Bar!

    My guess is the pictures were 1967/8?
     
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