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The Likes and Disappointments of Falls Creek

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Dos, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. tbnext

    tbnext One of Us

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    Dos
    He now loves you more then me. Totally. Worst track ever. Even for a "supreme" athlete:)
     
  2. Dos

    Dos One of Us

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    Everyone I talked to about walking at thredbo who had walked that bit agreed on this point. It's just so obvious they just put it on the map because it's already there and to make the map look fuller, not because it would add good walker experience.
     
  3. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    But you gotta get further out on the High Plains Dos.....say
    bears....

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    Village is only the village and the real action is a few kilometres away...
     
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  4. Dos

    Dos One of Us

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    It's still a long way to go before I get adequate skills and knowledge to venture out back country.
     
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  5. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not too hard to get to Ropers Hut.
    Were bears like to picnic.

    You will find Dos that groomed trails like Heathy Spur Trail will get you quickly out towards Johnsons and Edmundsons Hut and then a well defined snow pole line makes navigation to Ropers Hut a breeze.

    Lots of snow pole lines on high plains which is a navigational holiday compared to Main Range Kosy...
     
  6. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    When the cloud drops down I wouldn't say that the snow poles or the orange conduit poles on Heathy Spur are 100% reliable. Get off track by say 50m and you can get in the shit.

    As always: map and compass, and pref GPS as well.
     
  7. dossa5

    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Might have to get Ziggy as a guide if that road in that other valley gets hammered again.
     
  8. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep Ziggy is correct..

    Once on a major pole line with the exception of Mt Bogong where weather will prevent any attempt to move across the massive one can safely bumble along in extremely bad weather in all other places.

    But the little orange plastic ski markers are not placed close enough together to enable a safe passage in bad weather or just poor visibility like bad white out.

    Bears and I have managed to stuff up on the small traverse over Ruined Castle heading towards P.Valley.If we had followed major snow pole line over top of ridge/spur life may have been somewhat safer.

    Groomed trails like Ruined Castle with sparsely placed orange markers can be difficult when new snow plus white out conditions prevail....
     
  9. wannaski

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    The only comment I'm going to make on your post is thanks for the great photos! It's nice to see how beautiful falls is in the off season ! And here's my likes & dissapointments : I like (love ) everything about falls creek !! The only dissapointments I have is that it is so damn far (1200 ks ) away from me !!
     
  10. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's a mess of poles and pole lines up there: route markers and resort boundary. It's beaten me in poor vis trying to nav by eye/memory.
     
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    You are right about the mess of poles up there. I was a bit confused up there last year in poor viz but made it ok to PV hut. I thought I was going to get stuck at the hut but it cleared slightly. I had a GPS so that gave me a lot of comfort, I would probably have turned back if I didn't have it. Messing about with a map and compass is a bit tricky when it's blowing and you can't see where you are going.
     
  12. ODNT

    ODNT Part of the Furniture

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    Happy to go to falls with friends who are of the begginer/social ilk
    More of a catch up holiday experience
    Do enjoy the pretty village when its ski in ski out
    Not a fan of cloud 9 food or coffee ( worst on snow imo )
    7 days is nice stay for falls
    Where I could do a month @ thredbo/perisher

     
  13. tr+h

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    Agree. But am 3 times as far away and struggle to find excuses to visit Victoria. Why couldn't it be in the south-west of WA or southern Qld which I visit most years for work?
     
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  14. Dos

    Dos One of Us

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    The only excuse you need to visit Falls Creek is you love Falls Creek.
     
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  15. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates One of Us

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    What I love about FC:

    [*] Ski-in/Ski-out (not the trek experienced at Perisher/Thredbo unless you pay through the nose)
    [*] Tree skiing - find your own runs on fresh pow
    [*] The lift queues (or lack of)
    [*] Lack of attitude/pretentiousness
    [*] Glacial Worm colonies
    [*] Some fine dining options
    [*] The Gluwein at Night Skiing (near the FC Express)
    [*] The road in (great fun on a clear day)
    [*] Hitting Rocky Knolls after coming off South Face
    [*] Donuts at Dicky Knees (not quite like being at Eagles Nest)
    [*] The home trails
    [*] Kids Ski School
    [*] Tight runs like Rapunzels, The Y's, Widow Maker, Chainsaw etc (Thredbo has nothing that tight)
    [*] One set of traffic lights from Sydney (the only lights are at Holbrook)
    [*] Much better road into FC than PB/Thredbo (it may be steep and windy but I have yet to see a car go over the edge unlike the doddle to Thredbo where the ice can be treacherous)
    [*] Out of season - the walks (18km to Hotham over the High Plains), the huts, fishing, the back road to Omeo.
    [*] The view just above Mt Beauty on the way down (brilliant autumnal colours)

    Dislikes:
    [*] The aquaduct acts as a magnet to low/intermediate skiers
    [*] Lack of a 'greasy joes'; Asian/stir-fry options etc
    [*] Food at Cloud Nine
    [*] The drop bears
    [*] The road out (mandatory chunder bucket for all passengers)
    [*] The missing lifts (Rocky Knolls/Mt McKay)
    [*] Strong Northerlies when going up Ruined Castle/Scotts

    Side note:

    DOS - why not throw up some of these options of getting there:
    It is now only about 7 1/2 hours from Sydney including breaks;
    Fly to Melb & bus it up (on snow in about 5-6 hours)
    Fly to Albury & bus it up (on snow within 3-4 hours)
    [*] Out of season - the walks (18km to Hotham over the High Plains), the huts, fishing, the back road to Omeo.
    [*] The view just above Mt Beauty on the way down (brilliant autumnal colours)

    Dislikes:
    The aquaduct acts as a magnet to low/intermediate skiers
    Lack of a 'greasy joes'; stir-fry options etc
    Food at Cloud Nine
    The drop bears
    The road out (mandatory chunder bucket for all passengers)
    The missing lifts (Rocky Knolls/Mt McKay)
    Strong Northerlies when going up Ruined Castle/Scotts

    Side note:

    DOS - why not throw up some of these options of getting there:
    It is now only about 7 1/2 hours from Sydney including breaks;
    Fly to Melb & bus it up (on snow in about 5-6 hours)
    Fly to Albury & bus it up (on snow within 3-4 hours)
     
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  16. Sh4d0w9

    Sh4d0w9 Hard Yards

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    Scott, have you tried Oishii-Go? They are a Japanese restaurant located underneath Silverski, directly across the intersection from The Man? They offer a mix of Japanese, Indian and contemporary Asian food, and do takeaway Noodle Boxes (often with a free beer if you order before 6) and usually sushi as well once the season has kicked off properly. Also sell a few different types of Sake and some Japanese beers to boot. Definitely worth a look next time you're up on the hill!
     
  17. Scott No Mates

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    Sh4d_w9, yeah we did try it a couple of years ago - wasn't too impressed by the menu but the kids liked it. It didn't push any of my buttons even though the meal was fine (but nothing to rave about)
     
  18. Sh4d0w9

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    Yeah that's fair enough! Still worth a heads up because there are new owners running it as of the start of the 2012 season, the menu is very different and offers a greater variety of options comparatively. [​IMG]
     
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  19. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some old FC pics. 1990 and 1991. Scanned in from photo prints. Young ones won't understand. [​IMG]

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  20. Slushii

    Slushii Mostly missing in action... Ski Pass: Gold

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    VSG! Are those the same boots and skis you use when I last ski-ed with you? [​IMG]

    My first ever ski trip (and the first time I saw snow) was in 1989 at Falls Creek. The first run I ever fell in love with skiing on is Wombat's Ramble [​IMG]
     
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  21. Scott No Mates

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    What great photos VSG, my introduction to FC was the moguls below the Village T after we first arrived. As for the other shots, some great stiff poses esp coming off below St Elmos.