Falls Creek Victoria
Falls Creek in Victoria Australia is a very well developed ski resort with great amenities and services. The Falls Creek Ski Resort village is one of its highlights. In usual snow conditions, the village is ski-in ski-out and combined with lots of bars and restaurants, it’s a beautiful spot to wander around and undertake a bar hop. As the hilly streets are usually snow (or slush) covered, girls (and boys) you’ll need to don Sorel boots instead of your stiletto heels!
The alpine resort is also very well known for its family friendliness, in part due to the convenience of the ski in ski out Falls Creek accommodation. The abundance of gentle slopes, ski school programs, and kids events and activities, also add to the attraction of Falls Creek Victoria as a family ski holiday destination.
Falls Creek Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Falls Creek Ski Resort has 14 lifts, 90 marked trails, and 450 hectares of skiable terrain, which is the largest in Victoria, although this stat becomes rather laughable when you compare the size of the resort to many in North America and Europe! Much of the Falls Creek ski and snowboard terrain is groomed within an inch of its life, and not many slopes are left au natural for the bumps skiers.
The beginners have 17% of the trails and the terrain is very good because it’s largely dedicated and free from hoons. Wombat’s Ramble is pretty sheltered from the elements, but the other main beginners area is somewhat exposed on foul weather days.
Sun Valley also has mellow blue runs next door that make for easy progression, and there are truckloads of other groomed blue runs for intermediates (60% of trails).
Falls Creek Victoria is not known for its steeps, hence why some experienced skiers call it “Flat Creek”. Officially 23% of the trails are rated as advanced, but unfortunately these slopes are generally the last to open and first to close, and are closed if the snow conditions are marginal. The Summit black runs are often groomed (making them great for strong intermediates), although there are some rock features in places that provide a bit of a challenge for advanced riders. If you’ve got the endurance to repetitively ride the International poma lift, there is some fun tree skiing to be had in The Maze (just take care off-piste or you might falls into the creek…!!).
The only real expert terrain is located in the backcountry on Mt McKay, which offers some chutes and other steeps.
Falls Creek Resort has a pretty good set up for terrain park junkies. The park under the Ruined Castle chair lift has a good range of features and is particularly ideal for show ponies!
Falls Creek Snow
Falls Creek Alpine Resort receives an average of 4 metres of snow per season, and it has plenty of snowmaking capability that covers 110 hectares of terrain. As a result, FC tends to fare a little better than some of the other Australian ski resorts in early season, or when the snow conditions are iffy.
As with other skiing in Australia
, the Falls Creek snow conditions can vary significantly and sometimes rain and warm temps can create havoc with the snow quality.
Where is Falls Creek Australia?
Falls Creek is located in the Alpine National Park of the Victorian Alps, 387km northeast of Melbourne by road (4.5-5 hour drive) and 672km southwest of Sydney. The closest town is Mt Beauty, which is 30 km to the northwest of Falls.
Falls Creek Ski Resort and Mt Hotham
are really close as the currawong flies, and only a 6 minute helicopter flight, yet it’s a slow 130km by road between the two ski resorts.
Buses are available to get to Falls Creek from Albury, Melbourne and Mt Beauty. For those self-driving, chains are required to be carried, and exorbitant park entry fees need to be paid. The village roads are closed during winter, so access to most Falls Creek accommodation is via a slow and costly over-snow transport service.
Falls Creek Accommodation
The lovely Falls Creek village offers more than 4,000 beds, catering to a wide range of budgets from economical up to luxurious. Accommodation types include lots of apartments, hotels, ski clubs, and commercial lodges. See the Falls Creek Accommodation
page for more information.
Falls Creek Lodging Listings
Falls Creek ski resort facilities and services include ski school, crèche (for ages 12 weeks to 5 years), ski and snowboard hire, and ski and snowboard retail shops. The amenities are mostly spread across three main hubs of the resort (mid-mountain Village Bowl, Gully at one base, and Slalom Plaza at another base at the bottom of the Falls Express lift). Kids’ ski school drop off is at the top of the Falls Express lift at Cloud 9, whilst child care is at the bottom of the same lift.
There are a handful of on-mountain eateries including the crappy food at the Cloud 9 cafeteria, or it’s easy enough to ski into the village to get lunch at a nice restaurant (or return to your lodge for last night’s leftovers). Falls Creek has a decent number of restaurants and bars for evening fare.
Cross country skiing at Falls Creek is pretty good, with a network of more than 65km of groomed trails that start right from the village. Falls is well known for the international cross country skiing event with the very strange name of the Kangaroo Hoppet!
There are various child-centric winter activities on offer including snow tubing, tobogganing, Pete the Snow Dragon appearances, fireworks displays, and night skiing.
Summary of Pros and Cons of the Falls Creek Ski Resort
- Most of the Falls Creek accommodation is conveniently ski-in ski-out.
- The village is very enjoyable to wander around (although it might test your fitness!) and there are lots of great bars and restaurants.
- The terrain is excellent for intermediates.
- The resort is very family friendly due to the ski-in ski-out accommodation, family activities, and dedicated beginners terrain.
- Falls Creek has good cross country skiing for those who like to chook foot.
- The Sun Valley area offers delightful views across the Rocky Valley Lake.
- The ski area is not crowded compared to Mt Buller.
- Falls typically has more reliable snow cover than other Victorian ski resorts and can get a higher proportion of trails open in the early season.
- For multi-day stays, it’s a pain to park the car and then catch a slow and expensive snowcat to get you and your luggage up to your accommodation (unless you’re staying at the base e.g. QT Falls Creek, Falls Creek Country Club, Alpine Woodsmoke).
- The village roads are north facing so they can easily lose their snow cover. Suddenly your fabulous ski-in ski-out accommodation is no longer, and you might be trudging up and down the bare streets with your kids and all their ski gear.
- Falls Creek has minimal advanced terrain (especially during low snow periods and compared to Mt Hotham) and negligible expert terrain.
- Other cons such as the high cost and the highly variable snow quality and quantity are common across all Australian ski resorts.
- Falls has a few too many surface lifts.