11th May and it’s -4 degrees and snowing! That’s the news from Falls Creek today. There’s a north-wester blowing in the cold weather, there’s already about 15cm of snow on the ground and more forecast for the next 5 days.
Does this herald a bumper snow season for Australia?
As one keen Falls Creek facebook follower says: “Holy crap, teeming with jealous rage at the dudes & dudettes that are up there now!” “Bring on the snow.” “snow snow snow…” There’s a festive mood reigning on site today!
The 2011 Snow Season officially opens at Falls Creek on the Queens Birthday long weekend on the 11th of June, and runs through until Sunday the 2nd of October.
Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest alpine resort, and is the gateway to the largest alpine area in Australia. It is one of the most popular winter playgrounds in the country. The snowline altitude is 1,100 m and the village is situated at 1,600m. The elevation ranges from between 1,210 to 1,842 m with the highest lifted altitude at 1,780 m. the resort averages 4 m of snow annually. With its 92+ runs, there’s great skiing and snowboarding for everyone from beginners and families through to advanced skiers and riders with a terrain mix of:
- Beginner 17%
- Intermediate 60%
- Advanced 23%.
It’s not only about skiing, there’s a range of different activities, from the snow bungy trampolines and snow tubing park, to the skate ramp, cafes and shops, bars, bands and restaurants, through to massages and pampering.
There are also 65km’s of perfectly groomed Cross Country trails with no trail fees…
Being such a vast country, getting to Falls Creek is very easy if a tad time-consuming. It’s the closest alpine resort to Brisbane, an easy day’s drive from Sydney & four and a half hours drive from Melbourne! Not toooo bad. If you’re driving, it’s worth knowing that carrying snow chains is compulsory.
Ross Passalaqua of Falls Creek Resort Managers says of this resort: “I have lived in many countries and my work has taken me through five continents,” he says. “For me and my partner Peta, the alpine region of north eastern Victoria just has to be one of the best parts of the world.”
There’s another whisper out, they might start using snow guns tonight…
If you need help getting into the winter spirit, perhaps you’d like to join the rest of a crazy Aussie bunch who celebrate the first day of Winter, 1st June, by plunging into nearby Rocky Valley Dam – the highest body of water in Australia.
And another event worth mentioning is that on Saturday, 30th July, Australia’s first ever sled dog race will happen, the Royal Canin Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic. Two exhilarating night races will be held for 2, 3, 4 and 6 dog teams starting at 6.30 pm on Saturday, July 30, with the final heat on Sunday, July 31 also at 6.30pm. The dogs will race through the Alpine village under lights and the night sky. This is a style of racing seen consistently throughout Europe, but a very first for the Australian Sled Dog Racing scene and Australian Alpine Resorts.
Don’t miss it.