Tip for a one day trip at Falls creek.

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  1. agam2104

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    Hi,I am not skier or boarder and just want to explore the mountain.Just want to at what time we should reach there ? Where to buy tickets for scenic lift ? And where to park a car for scenic lift ?
     
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    You want to park at Slalom Plaza to access the Halleys Comet lift for scenic rides to the top of the hill. Arrive whenever you want keeping in mind that weekends are busier and Slalom Carpark will fill quicker. There's a ticket office in Slalom Plaza, you'll need to buy the ticket and a card to put it on.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, so at what time you think we should arrive there ? And how to reach Halley Comet lift from salmon plazza ?
     
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    Personally, I'd still probably get there around 10am for a sight seeing day trip. You'll likely have to park somewhere other than Slalom carpark but you can use the shuttle services or walk up to Slalom Plaza. Halleys Comet lift is in Slalom Plaza. There are also oversnow shuttles that can take you up to the Village Bowl, they leave from the top of the stairs above the ticket box in Slalom Plaza.
     
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    On a weekend in July or August you will have to get there pretty early to get a park in the Slalom car park, probably by 8:30. During the week you can be more leisurely.
    There is a van shuttle that goes between the 3 carparks. Windy Corner is usually the last to fill. The tobogganing slope is there.

    A trip up Halleys Comet is good but there are some other free things to do too.

    The village shuttle (tracked vehicle when there is snow) goes from the top of the stairs above Slalom Plaza. Catch it to the village bowl or just stay on for a loop, preferably when it's not too busy.

    There is a nice walk that starts/ends at Windy Corner. If there is deep fresh snow, better to leave it to another day. Probably best in the anti- clockwise direction. Use the van shuttle to get to Gully car park (the lowest). Get the free gully chairlift up to the village bowl. Veer left a little, cross the road and go up a short slope to a long set of stairs. At the top of the stairs, follow the road till it opens up a little near Lakeside Lodge and look for a steep (but short) track on your right. It takes you up to the adueduct. Turn left onto the aqueduct track and follow it for maybe 2 km till it meets a road, opposite the nordic bowl. The aqueduct crossed a few ski runs. Take care and give way to skiiers. When you get to the road, turn left and it's a gentle walk down to Windy Corner. Keep to the side of the road to minimize inconvenience to XC skiers and do not walk on the parallel tracks that have been made in the snow.

    Have a great time up there
     
  6. Hermannator

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    And of course the chains and $50 gate entry...
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    If you want to see snow up this way and not pay for resort entry, try mt buffalo. Still hire chains though
     
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    We're overdue a trip up to Buffalo in the winter.
     
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    Other things for non-skiing/boarding visitors
    • snowmobile tours - quite expensive but good to try (must have a current vehicle licence with you, or just be a passenger)
    • tubing - $15 for 30mins. afternoons in the village bowl. ride a giant-tractor-tube-shaped-thing down a shaped run
    • museum - free. check opening times
    • hire snowshoes or fat bikes
    • night show & fireworks - free. Thusday 7:30 providing the weather is good. the website only says next 2 weeks, but usually runs all August IIRC
    • some nice places for lunch or a drink, especially Elk, Husky, Be Food and the renovated Frying Pan. (The renovated Cloud 9 at the tp of the scenic chairlift ride is supposed to be pretty good this year too)
     
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    seems I was wrong

    from another thread, a quote from Mt Buffalo says that on some days chains are not required to be carried

     
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    So Slalom carpark will be closed?.What will best car park which is near ticket office and salmon plaza ?

     
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    No, just full.
     
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    gully is probably closer but it's an uphill walk. but there is a shuttle from gully and from windy corner so it really doesn't matter. if you are really unlucky and have to park even further away, there should still be a shuttle

    I'd probably choose windy corner in your situation but it's not a clearcut choice.
     
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    If you tell the parking attendant when you arrive that you want to access toboggan slopes and hire/ go out on cross country skis, they will most likely send you to the top car park- Windy Corner. There is a small cafe there, public toilets, xc ski hire and public shelter. Not a bad base, if a bit tired. Slalom Plaza, approx 500 m further down, is a base for downhill skiers at the bottom of Wombat's Ramble beginners run and Falls Express chairlift. It can get very busy but might be worth a visit.
     
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    and Gully carpark is across the road from day shelter with cafe & toilets and the free gully chairlift. New owners of cafe this year. I haven't been there but hear it's not awful but not as good as it was
     
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    If you are on a budget , super fit and can carry snow shoes strapped to a day pack then you can hike up Road 24 to near the Summit of the FC resort and have your BYO lunch at the heated shelter near Scotty 's chair lift and then head back to Howman's Gap.You would have to start early because it is about 9 kms one way from Howman's gap to Scotty's Chair via Road 24. However parking at Howman's gap can be interesting during snow season but just leaving the car for the day somewhere there could be feasible.
    This idea probably won't grab you but snow shoe walking from Windy Corner to somewhere outside of the resort on a sunny day is a lovely outing . Watchbed creek is such a place for a BYO lunch and a rest.