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Time to hit the slopes and push yourself into new directions and have a really good time

Want to get away? Well, head on up to the mountains because at this time of the year that’s really the where you’ll find the best rooms with a view.

When you’re coming up for the first time it’s hard to know what you’ll like the best, or what you’ll be good at. The team at Falls Creek encourage people to be open minded—you’ve already made the most important decision, you’ve decided to come and visit Australia’s most picturesque alpine village!

At 450 hectares of skiable area, Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest alpine resort, and is known as the cross-country ski center, with its highest lifted area being at 1780m. The place is incidentally the official training base for the Australian national cross-country team and hosts the annual Kangaroo Hoppet, the largest snow sport event in the southern hemisphere.

Lifts access slopes including the Summit and Wombat’s Ramble, while the history of the place is chronicled at the Falls Creek Museum. The Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing trail leads through forests and high plains in Alpine National Park. The Great Alpine Road offers sweeping views of the Victorian Alps.

With terrain naturally suited for progression, Falls Creek has extensive areas on which to learn a new sport and build up your confidence. With 12 beginners runs spread out across the mountain, Falls Creek also boasts the longest Green run of any resort, Wombat’s Ramble.

Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, Falls Creek’s Snowsport School is a destination you can’t miss. Situated at the top of the hill at Cloud 9, it is the home of 175 of the best local and international ski and snowboard instructors teaching in Australia this winter. It is here that you can ignite your passion for snowsports and try out both!

There’s no shortage of activities to keep the kids entertained all winter long, from games of snow bocce, to the spectacular fireworks on Thursday nights, snowboarding displays and an appearance by Pete the Snow Dragon, snow biking and more.

For the more serious skier, the reputation of the Falls Creek Snowsport School is a result of the leadership and passion of director Titus Gius, who is stepping into his 37th season at Falls.

When asked what makes Falls Creek Snowsport School so great, Titus started with a focus on his team of instructors. “As a team, they constantly produce the best results in the APSI exams from level 1, right through to full qualification. It’s not just the expertise that set this team apart, it’s the passion and enthusiasm each and every one of his instructors have for teaching and getting new people into the sport,” he says.

“Falls Creek as the perfect environment for learning. Coupled with the snow quality, excellent grooming and a wide range of runs, learning at Falls Creek is fun, a place where guests can feel like hero’s when they conquer a level and progress to the next,” he adds.

It’s also the variety of programs that set Falls Creek Snowsport School apart from other resorts, there’s Snow Club 4 Kids, Junior Workshops/Teens, Renault Coffee Club afternoon Super Sessions, Alpine Touring and Mim’s Women’s program to name a few. All of these programs make the most of the progression terrain, whether it’s Alpine downhill or learning how to ride the terrain park. Every day there are three sessions for groups, and endless opportunities for privates, from one hour to six, depending on the guests needs.

No wonder Falls Creek is often described as Australia’s friendliest ski resort, the best place to build your own family’s precious life long memories of time in the snow.

Before you get started…

Packing for a ski trip can be nerve-wracking because you want to pack not only what works for you but also what will survive the trip. A number of skiers recommend Aussie Disposals, which for over 50 years, has been the trusted name in everything outdoors, specialising in everything from hiking, travel, outdoor clothing and footwear, to fishing, hunting, and more. When you’ve been around for half a century, you’re bound to know your whereabouts around the hills.

 

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