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From the CEO - June 15

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June 15,2016 In Snow
Snow Making set Slalom Plaza for snowplay on opening weekend - Chris Hocking

Flakes, Fun, Food and Frivolity…

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As if on cue, mammoth sized flakes began falling across the mountain around 10am on Saturday of the opening weekend. The flakes quickly blanketed everything in sight with a gorgeous clean and crisp covering of snow fall.

The natural snow that continued falling all afternoon, combined with ideal snow making conditions over the next few evenings, assisted the brilliant team at Falls Creek Ski Lifts pump out millions of litres of H2O and set up the holiday Monday as an ideal beginners session atop the mountain on Mousetrap.

One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is watching the reaction of people, particularly first timers, to falling snow and the excitement it brings. What excites me most, is knowing that guests will be creating amazing memories, having fun times with friends and family, whilst experiencing everything that contributes to why people love and cherish Falls Creek so much, and why there simply is no better resort and alpine village in Australia.

Speaking of fun times, the Snow Capped Comedy Festival was outstanding. Each act had the audience in stitches and roaring with laughter. A special mention to “Vinnie” and “Jenny”, the “international guest” from Cronulla, who’s “audience participation” on Saturday night provided host David Thorton with plenty of ammo.

With friends in town, it was also an opportune time to try out the new menu items and restaurants, including some new, some reopening and some old favourites. I will re-iterate, Falls Creek is “the foodies” mountain…doesn’t matter your budget or your tastes, there is something for everyone. I congratulate all our operators, restauranteurs and amazing Chefs and their staff for contributing to the tremendous guest experience. I estimate to successfully conquer every venue I have to eat out at least 2.7x per week.

Speaking of plenty to do…The Events calendar is packed and continuing to grow. My favourite, the Wombats Rambler is back. It’s Australia’s longest ski race under lights, 3,300 metres of GS gates and “obstacles”…the RMB team came a credible top 5 last year…and we’ll be back.

Thanks to all who joined us for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I’d like to make special mention to Peter Rankin for his invitation to speak at “the Falls Creek Meeting” and the opportunity to meet up with some familiar faces. Further thanks to David Risby, President of the Falls Creek Alpine Association for the invitation to speak at “The Muster”. On behalf of Falls Creek Ski Patrol and the Board, I extend our appreciation and thanks for the donation given to our exceptional patrol team. The Falls Creek CFA for opening their station and celebrating their 21st birthday with all. Finally, congratulations and thanks to all involved in getting the Falls Creek Museum re-opened…in time for Falls Creek to celebrate its 70th season!

Lastly, a special mention to Ngarra Murray. Thank you for the “Welcome to Country” and smoking ceremonies at both the Plaza opening, and the re-opening of the Falls Creek Museum. The generous “loan” of her Possum blanket adds a rich history to the Museum offering and represents 60,000 years of why the high plains are such a special place.