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July 21,2015 In Snow

Falls Creek – Always check your landing!

Finally, after many weekends of trying, I met a “local” on the lifts. By local, I refer to anyone within 2 or 3 hours drive of Falls Creek!  Mike, was from Wangaratta, making the most of his season passes, and having a ball out on Drovers. I should have stayed there too…I’ve been hobbling around this week, doing my best impersonation of Quasimodo. Note to self, always check your landing! It was worth it though. The Summit, Exhibition, The Slot, Cabbage Patch…. ungroomed, plenty of hucking…unfortunately my knees aren’t as forgiving as they used to be…not to mention my back!

Enough about me…

50cm plus of freshies and the mountain was buzzing last weekend. Thanks to the towies cranking them through and packing the chairs and filling empty slots, the lift queue management was awesome.

It is weekends like this that put the test to all measure of plans and preparation that, despite all best intent, will invariably expose pinch points, bottlenecks or system challenges. We are certainly cognisant of this and make every effort to adapt process, procedures and constantly tweak such efforts to ensure the customer and user experience is improved.  We welcome your input, your constructive contribution, criticism too (when legitimately reasonable) and suggestions…and yes “Apresski” WE DO read the ski forums!

Backcountry equipment sales are one of the fastest growing segments in the industry right now. Just look at the explosion in hybrid boots, tour bindings and skis that have hit the market in the last few years. To ensure users are safe outside the resort boundary or away from the managed and patrolled ski areas, Falls Creek Ski Patrol are hosting free one hour “Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding” sessions, starting this Saturday, July 25th, at 6pm in the FCRM Board room. For the more adventurous, "Backcountry Awareness Practical Sessions” will be run on out on the mountain, from 10am on Sunday the 26th. These practical sessions are $125 for four hours of instruction. Contact Falls Creek Ski Patrol on 03 5758 3502 to make a booking. Watch for additional sessions in August.

The excitement is building around the 5th Annual Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic on July 31-Aug 1st. We have 30 teams in the hunt for the title. The heats will be run at Windy Corner on Friday 31st, with the main event at 6pm on Saturday August 1st in Slalom Plaza. As the only Alpine Village Sled Dog race in Australia (ala Monaco re F1), make sure you are here to watch these canine Formula 1 equivalents and be part of the excitement. It will be another great event for sure!

Now, Carry On and Hit the Slopes…and remember…check your landing!

Stuart Smythe - CEO, Falls Creek Resort Management

Pic: Chris Hocking