What is eight hours, with stops from Sydney and five from Melbourne? Falls Creek; nestled onto Mt McKay and has the only ski in ski out resorts in Australia. The international Poma ski lift was set up in 1948 by cattle workers and today there are over 92 runs and 12 more lifts.
The location is a little testing to get to with the distance and driving up the mountain with snow chains on hand. It is all completely worth it to be so close to the summit and the small charming town that has everything you need for a few days. There is a supermarket, post office, snow gear stores and many cute little eateries. Many of them are kiosk style so you can get burgers, doughnuts or hot drinks painlessly while all wrapped up in a helmet, gloves and the essential duck down jacket.
Falls Creek is mostly an intermediate alpine resort and there are a few black runs for advance skiers open in July. Beginner skiers have wombats ramble to practice on but can quickly advance to intermediate runs as a lot of them are not that steep like Perisher.
Crisp mountain air, snow covered mountains, magic blue-sky mornings, clouds whizzing around below – all make Falls Creek unforgettable in minutes.
The luxurious resorts on Falls Creek are not easy to find in Australia. QT, Husky, Astra all fit the bill. Initial reviews of these properties were not great but having stayed at the QT – I can say it was incredible.
We had a room overlooking the mountain under reception in the main building. Although there was a carpark below we had a spa in our room balcony that we didn’t notice this aspect that much. The room was spacious with a gorgeous kitchen if you had the urge to whip up something of your own for dinner. The breakfast downstairs was great, everything you could imagine although the coffee was an extra charge.
It is hard to beat falls creek and its attractions. Even the drive down is though Rutherglen if you are coming from the north, which is a gorgeous wine region. Beechworth in Victoria is also close which has some unique honey delicacies like mead, honey ice-cream and every kind of honey you can imagine. The quaint old towns have some great lunch spots to make a trip out of it.
You can get your pass on the day right next to the lift as they don’t do exchanges if it rains on the day you booked. It is a little cheaper to buy online and its saves a bit of time if you do. You need to submit a photograph and let them know where you are staying to get your pass card. There are plenty of places to rent gear and it is fairly quick to do.
In winter it is best to go down in a 4×4 as the road is steep and you need snow chains. You also need to get a parking permit, which you can get on the mountain and there is a process to be parked. You need to wait in a line in your car and a warden will drive you to the place where you will be parked for the length of your stay and then drive you back to the booking office to walk back up to your accomodation. September is really nice in Falls Creek, it is warmer and plenty of snow also with the snow making machines. You don’t need a 4×4 car then as most of the snow at the bottom as melted and its easy to drive up.