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Question Pre-trip Falls Creek Questions

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Pollo_ski, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. Pollo_ski

    Pollo_ski Hard Yards

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    Hi everyone,

    heading to Falls on the 24th for our first time as we normally ski Thredbo and/or Perisher.

    I have a few quick pre-trip questions so seek opinions from regular Falls skiers.

    Can I confirm best way from Albury is through Mt Beauty and that it's pretty clear which roads to take?

    We are staying at Kathmandu and will be eating out only a couple of times so can anyone suggest some good family places to eat as Junior Pollo is 11 and Princess Pollo 6?

    Any recommendations for on snow ski hire as +1 and kidlets need skis and boots. Plus Junior Pollo is planning on 3 days ski and then swapping to single plank for the last 2 days for the first time?

    What's the view on getting up to ski school area on 1st day, is the best way to get up there to walk or bus to bottom of Falls Express and then go up to Cloud 9?

    Last one is similar to another thread re instructors. Will book 2 private lessons for +1 and myself. We normally have lessons with Kenny Spain at Thredbo and like his style if anyone has had lessons in both locations?

    Thanks heaps in advance
     
  2. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Turn off the Hume just after Albury but before Wodonga. It's the Bandiana link rd, I think the signs included "ski resorts". At the end of the Bandiana link, turn left at the big roundabout onto Thomas Mitchell drive. In a few kilometres the Kiewa Valley Hwy veers off to the right. Follow it to Mt Beauty, then veer right at the roundabout and head up to Falls Creek.
     
  3. Karicta

    Karicta A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes through beauty and it's reasonably clear

    Basically everywhere is family friendly but from where you are staying, winter haven and the ducks (at huski) are close and offer great food

    Winterhaven is close for ski hire and has a great range and knowledgable staff. Otherwise bottom of eagle or falls express

    If everyone can ski well and good vis, walk to bottom of eagle (or ski down road to gully if you're partic lazy) then head over to your left towards ski school. If bad vis or kids don't ski so well, bus to bottom of falls express (nearest bus stop outside Winterhaven).

    Can't help with names of instructors, sorry.
     
  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The ski hire at the FC Hotel is probably closest to you and they are good. Otherwise Central Snowsports (winterhaven) on the corner of FC rd and slalom st IMHO is the best. Not a fan of the lift co ski hires.
     
  5. Apresski

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    The Cock and Bull and the restaurant in The Falls Creek Country Club have kids menus
    The Man is good for pizzas, but is basically a night club, but ok for an early meal.
    The Frying Pan is ok for a pub style meal.
    There are quite a few reasonable restaurants, but not sure how well they cater for children.
     
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    ski instructor, Rover
     
  7. Richard

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    Yes via Mt Beauty.

    Stay with highway as it skirts Albury and watch for alpine exit after crossing the Murray.

    You will have a bit of down, up and down from Kathmandu to get to express. Maybe take the bus first day and suss your enthusiasm for following days. Alternative is to ski down to Gully up that, then up Eagle and traverses to could nine. But that's something to discover and not recommended for first day.

    Plenty of eateries, for lunch plenty of options in the Express area. Pizza at Last Hoot is great. Falls creek hotel does lunch in the old village bowl and has kids menu. Elk is close to Kathmandu for dinner and very good.

    The lift co has tied up most of the ski hire in the village (like thredbo) called Falls Creek Sports. At Express and old village bowl. There is independent rental at winterhaven and falls creek hotel both of which are relatively close to Kathmandu.
     
  8. Richard

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    Seems like we are all mostly aligned with the calls.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If kids can ski, ski down the road and turn left on the first road after Dianna lodge to get to Gully chair. Then either get the road shuttle bus to FC Express or go up gully then up eagle and traverse across to cloud 9. Probably leave the traverse till you know the last of the land, not the first morning.

    Walking to eagle is an option, but why walk uphill when you don't have to.

    The village shuttle bus is not too reliable but is more direct. The road shuttle bus is much more reliable IMHO
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not too knowledgeable on family friendly food. Elk had kids options I think and it's pretty good. Gully cafe (aka 3 blue ducks) had a really good looking roast chicken kids meal when we went there.
     
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    Katmandu is near the top of Falls Creek Rd, so not much of a walk up the hill to the Bowl and straight onto the Eagle Chair. Depending on the proficiency of the kids, you can either ski down to and take the poma (Monkey Bar), or as you get off the list turn back on yourself, traverse under the lift and traverse across the top of Playground towards Cloud 9.
     
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    Eagle and cross to Cloud Nine is easy once you have had a day on the hill. Express to Cloud Nine is direct and fail-safe. If there is low visibility first day then definitely via Express.
     
  13. Pollo_ski

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    Thanks very much guys for your comments and advice.

    Will do Village Express Day 1 and try Gully chair after that.

    Will look at winter Haven and Central snow sports and probably try a number if the food places.
     
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    the ski hire at winterhaven is central snowsports
     
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    Thanks Currawong. Now picked that up so will also look at Falls Creek Hotel.
     
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    Don't leave Falls Creek without having a few Snonuts Donuts at Slalom Plaza
     
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    Mmmmmm, snownuts!
     
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    We were there a week ago and the kids chicken meal at 3 blue ducks was amazing, as were the adult meals and the muffins if you are near there during the morning.
     
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    Ducks homemade donuts (ask them to warm them up)

    Yum
     
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    Winterhaven ski hire was very good and was very informative, Elk was a good meal as was Attunga but that is a little uphill, try and avoid cloud 9 for lunch as its a bit$$$ and limited (beef and Black bean noodle was good though). Its a hard resort to beat with a youngish family.
     
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    Ate at The Gully (3 blue ducks) saturday night.
    Just be aware that the roast chicken is the ONLY option for kids. (So saying, they scoffed the lot well quickly).
    Was well worth a visit, one of the nicest meals I've had for a while.

    Like the others have suggested, Eagle chair to cloud 9 involves a bit of a traverse. It's actually easier to ski down the other side of the hill and catch a small poma up, saves any walking. Easy to do if there is good visibility, probably a bit of a navigation challenge if vis is poor and you don't know where to go.

    Slush.
     
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    The Gully (blue ducks) is awesome for breakfast/elevensies, not surprised that dinner is good too.
     
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    Had a fantastic meal at Elk was very good value , and they seemed to handle familes keen on an early meal well.
     
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    Thanks again guys for all of the advice. Just keen to get there now.
     
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    There is a shuttle bus stop right out the front of Katmandu (stop 6) which can take you to either Falls Express or to Eagle chair. As the others have said, please don't rely on the shuttles.. especially in peak periods. Being at an interim stop, you may well be passed by more than once if the shuttles fill at either end. Eagle would be closest to walk to from Katmandu (less than 5 minutes with kids). From the top of Eagle you go diagonal to the left off the lift and follow the blue poles that say "to Cloud 9". Its an easy cat track on skis with a slight incline at the end. Would recommend leaving for lessons just after 9am because they do have to go through a check-in process, and if you choose to go to Falls Express the lines can bank a little over the weekends.

    Given you're coming up early, have you bought passes yet? If you purchase online more than two weeks in advance, they give a 15% discount to bundle rentals, lessons and lift passes if done online. Regardless of whether you do the lessons online, you can still get a 10% discount on passes and rentals through lift co if you book 7 days in advance, and 15% if you book 14 days in advance. Worth a think. The rentals also include the day before so you'll get a few hours on the hill on the afternoon for free. Might be worth giving Lift Co a call to see what bundle deals they can do.

    For families, you can't beat Lakeside. Ripper pub style menu with fantastic kids options. Oishii-Go! (Under Silverski) does kids meals (steak, crispy chicken or gyoza, all served with fried rice) with a drink and dessert quite cheap too. Asian inspired tapas menu for the parents there too.. To throw a few other options in the works. Ducks nor Astra have any real options for kids meals (Astra has nothing). Falls Creek Hotel is only open to lodge guests for dinner, so rules that one out for dinner meals.
     
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    Thanks Shadow we actually booked the lift passes online for the 15% over the weekend and are booking ski school through the accommodation provider for a discount.

    Planning on giving Central Snowsports a try and will definitely look into your food suggestions.

    Thanks for the tips re getting up the hill, especially important I think for Day 1 as our first time there.
     
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    For an early family dinner I would recommend Milch - our kids polished off the adult sized pasta and burger as the kids meals were only a couple of bucks cheaper. Still good value when the kids polish off the lot.
     
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