Ski Resort Guide: Falls Creek, Australia

Australia's skiing is among the very best that the Southern Hemisphere has to offer, and with ski areas in several of the country's states, there are quite a few places to ski in the land down under! Continuing our series on skiing in the Southern Hemisphere, here is our guide to Falls Creek, Australia...

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Located in Victoria, mainland Australia's most south-easterly state, the Falls Creek Alpine resort sits with the state's Hume Region. Falls Creek is around 350km from Melbourne, which makes it around a 4-5 hour drive from the city. The resort's 450 hectares of skiing and snowboarding terrain, combined with its fully integrated lift network make it an increasingly popular destination for both international and Australian visitors.

Australia's ski season takes place during the Northern Hemisphere's off-season, and Falls Creek's season typically runs from early June to mid/late September. The skiing at Falls Creek is largely best suited to intermediate and beginner level skiers, with only around 20% of the ski area's terrain consisting of  advanced level runs. Despite this, many advanced level skiers visiting Falls Creek relish the opportunity to ski at the nearby Mt McKay, which boasts 365m of black diamond terrain, and can be easily reached from the resort.

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The Snow in Australia's ski season can be somewhat unpredictable, which is helped by the fact that over 100 hectares of Falls Creek's ski terrain is covered by the resort's snow-making system. The resort typically utilizes it's snow-making facilities early in the season, to build a base for natural snowfalls and to open as much terrain as possible. Night skiing is a favorite activity amongst visitors to Falls Creek, which can be enjoyed twice a week during the season, on the resort's 'Wombat's Ramble' slope.

Falls Creek village boasts close to 4500 beds, across a variety of accommodation options, in addition to self contained apartments and lodges. The village is served by a large number of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, which ensure that there is plenty for guests to do during the evenings, or when taking a break from the slopes. Here is the resort's own video, looking back across the 2014 season...

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