Falls Creek Ski Resort is located in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is not only the largest ski resort in Victoria, but it also has extensive groomed cross country trails and the most attractive Alpine resort in the country.
Falls Creek - At Ruined Castle Terrain Park
I can't recommend Falls Creek, Victoria, highly enough. The purpose built village is built on a side of a mountain, so a lot of the accommodation is ski-in, ski-out. The Home Trails are designed to go past the lodges.
There is a free village shuttle which makes getting around the village easy. The shuttle goes past every few minutes and it services nearly all the streets in the village.
The free Gully chair at the bottom of the village takes pedestrians and skiers from the main road at the entrance of the village to the village centre and village bowl at mid-level.
Oh, visitors who frequent the Falls Creek ski resort, just call it Falls.
The mid-priced apartments are comfortable and clean. We've stayed here quite often and it is unpretentious, competitively priced and best of all, located just above the gully lift. Booking.com's reviewers have given this a rating of 7, which in my opinion, is about right.
The one-room apartment will sleep 3 to 4 persons with 2 singles and a bunk bed and it has a small kitchenette with a self contained bathroom. The coin operated laundry is available to guests. Wifi is a reasonable cost. Ask for rooms on the ground floor as the sliding doors open out onto a small lawn overlooking the gully chair.
The Country Club is well priced as it is not in the premium location of the resort, but compensates with its excellent location just steps from the Gully Chair. This is a non-skiers chair lift which takes anyone, even those without a lift pass, to the center of the Falls Creek Village.
But, book early as it does fill quickly especially when there are race competitions at the resort. Athletes and their entire support team, meaning their families all turn up en-force and room availability then is thin.
We prefer staying in self contained apartments for the flexibility and it helps keep costs down. There is a restaurant on site and it is perfectly adequate. A large ski store room is located down stairs, but if you have valuable skis, I wouldn't leave them here.
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While this is a 3.5 star hotel, it has the very best location in the ski resort. It is steps from the main bowl with chair access to the main piste areas of Falls.
This hotel, is our preferred property as we simply cannot bear wasting time walking or commuting from the slopes to the accommodation, but it seems just about everyone else thinks so too. It's quite difficult to secure rooms here unless you book early in the season.
Breakfast and dinner can be included as part of the package and I recommend the meals. They're delicious, hearty, a good variety, and in large quantities. The food here is excellent. There is a coin operated laundry for guests and a ski-hire shop located on the premises.
The rooms may be on the smallish side and the hotel a little tired, but the location and food make it worth the value. I recommend this hotel.
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This 5 star condo of apartments, complete with spa, pool, the works, is top end accommodation. We had a stylish two bedroom apartment with a hot tub on the balcony. The lounge was understated, modern and elegant and the kitchen well equipped.
It really is lovely and deserves the reviewers 8.5/10 rating.
The location is on the main entry road below the main village but it is steps away from the main chair lift that goes to the slopes. Unlike the Gully chair lift, a valid ski pass is required for use with this lift. There's a small modern supermarket downstairs that is adequately stocked but of course, it is pricey.
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Now, if you find no joy with accommodation at Falls Creek, most skiers would stay at Mount Beauty as it is only forty minutes drive away and the pricing is far more reasonable. This is a small attractive town at the bottom of the mountain.
Take care to include in your budget the entry fee to the resort and car park fee.
Click here to view options for accommodation at Mount Beauty. We generally stay at the caravan park which has comfortable and warm self contained cabins: Mount Beauty Accommodation
Car Entry and Parking:
On arrival at Falls Creek Ski Resort, you're permitted to drive up to your lodge and unload (providing the roads are clear of snow and ice). 30 minute access into the village is permitted for loading and unloading.
You then come down the hill and wait to follow a car park shuttle bus. This shuttle takes you to available car spaces in the designated overnight car parks. You park your car, hop in the shuttle and it takes you back.
When you leave the resort, you will need to come down to the main road, hail a car park shuttle and direct it to your car space. You can then drive your car directly up to your lodge to load up.
There's a resort entry fee on entering the Ski Resort. Follow the link to Falls Creek Ski Resort official website for the cost of entry passes. It's currently about $35 a day.
The main pistes are on the protected south facing slopes. Catch the Falls Creek Express, a chair lift accessed from the main road right next to the Quay West Apartments. This takes skiers directly to Cloud 9. This is a building which houses the ski school, a small shop and a large cafeteria.
Private lessons and group lessons start from outside Cloud 9.
The other main access lift is the Eagle Chair next to the village centre. The closest commercial hotel to this lift is the Falls Creek Hotel.
At the top of the Eagle Chair, turn left to get to Cloud 9. It's a long traverse to get there.
If you're after steeper runs, go straight down from the Eagle, go down under Scotts Chair and it'll take you to the Ruined Castle Chair lift. You'll find some nice black runs around this area. As the topography is steeper here, you can also find steep mogul runs to the right side of Ruined Castle.
The pistes closer towards Cloud 9 are ideal for beginners and intermediates. There's a magic carpet for first timers and children.
Cross Country Skiing
The hub for cross country skiers is the shelter at Windy Corner. Windy corner is a fair distance from the main part of the resort. The easiest way to get here is to hail a shuttle bus at on the main road.
Most XC skiing and the trails centre around the nordic bowl, about 1 km from Windy Corner. The trails are well groomed and the views breathtaking, as they overlook the Alpine region and the dam at Falls Creek.
For something interesting, you might ski across to Pretty Valley and discover the historic cattle yards. Cattle used to be grazed in these alpine areas.
The world famous marathon Cross Country Race, the Kangaroo Hoppet (42km) is held here at Falls Creek, on the last weekend of August each year. This event is part of the World Loppet series.
There are a number of good restaurants at Falls Creek but our favorite is Huski Produce Store. It has a relaxed casual atmosphere with a bistro menu.
The Man Hotel, the local pub has surprising good pub grub.
The Falls Creek Hotel, close to the Village Bowl has a dining room and takes non-guest bookings.
There's even a Japanese restaurant, located close to Huski.
You'll find two excellent supermarkets. There's one in the village and the other, Foodworks is close to the Falls Creek Express, on the main road.
The local inside story is, it seems, Mt Buller is the snob's go-to Victorian ski resort. Our review of Mt Buller is that the most attractive part of Buller is its closeness to Melbourne.
Falls Creek, while it is hugely much better skiing, greater terrain and more efficient transport and lift system and undoubtedly a far more attractive resort, is a 5 hour drive from Melbourne.
Skiers and Boarders, it is worth the journey.
Enjoy Falls Creek Ski Resort!