Falls Creek Guides
Breathe in the Victorian Alps. Utilising the ease of an electric bike, Falls Creek Guides access ideal hiking locations around Falls Creek. In winter they ski tour to the hidden valleys that are just beyond the resort. Their private group tours start and end at Pretty Valley Lodge, Falls Creek.
Tours include guide, lunch morning tea, electric bikes, helmets, packs and touring equipment in winter. Group ratios to guide is one to six. Personalised tours are available upon request.
Falls Creek Crown
Leaving the village of Falls Creek, ride smoothly along the aqua duct out to the Nordic Bowl, home of Australia’s famous World Hoppet race and the rocky valley dam. Turn to the pretty valley road that leads to the top of the Summit (1,780 Mt) of Falls Creek. At the top of the summit walk along the magic spur line of frying pan spur to overlook the Kiewa Valley, Mt Bogong, the Fainters mountain group and Jaithmathang. Returning to the e-bikes to have a gentle ride down to the Pretty valley pondage and cattle huts, to explore the pastures of yesteryear and set up for our high plains lunch setting. After lunch ride under the rocky knolls and via the Sun valley loop to once again return to the easy village life of Falls Creek.
Mount Nelse Wild Ski, Trek and Ride
Departing from Pretty Valley lodge to Watch Bed Creek with E-bikes and ski packs to set up the accent of big River Fire Trail. The one-hour tour up to Mount Nelse is a gradual but delightful pathway to the exciting back country of Mt Nelse and Mt Nelse north.
On this tour the lunch destination is Edmondson’s Hut that is nestled in magnificent snow gums that date back centuries. The ski touring is blue terrain and provides a true test of skiing skills and knowledge, whilst overlooking the spectacular main range of NSW.
For the competed adventurer this tour crosses the rocky valley dam to follow the big river fire trail up to the hiking trailheads of Mt Nelse 1882 m, Mt Nelse North 1884 m and Spion Kopje 1841 m. From the mantle of these three peaks, there is a clear 360’ view of the Australia’s Alps. Capturing the main range of Mt Kosciusko 2228 m, Mt Bogong 1996 m and Feathertop 1972 m. Lunch is set to occur on the rooftop of the Victorian Alps. The educational focus is on the botany of the high plains and animal species that thrive in this rarefied environment. There is a turn back time of 2.00 pm and in some cases, the time may not allow the reach to the summit of Spion Kopje.
E- bike ride around the rocky valley dam, completed in 1959 as part of the Kiewa Valley Hydro scheme; stop off at Maddison’s hut for a morning tea before riding on to settle at Wallace’s hut (built 1889). Start a light trek passing the Rover Chalet to Cope Hut, (built 1929) for the inspiring lunch destination. After lunch and contemplating life on the high plains, return to Wallace’s hut to riding swiftly back to Falls Creek with the power of e-bikes.
Two Huts and a Hike: Fitzgerald’s, Kelly’s and Marms
Leaving the village of Falls Creek, ride out to the Langford’s aqueduct to a small SEC hut used during the construction of the Kiewa Valley Hydro Scheme. Following the aqueduct, pass exquisite aqueduct lakes and wattle forests to find a hidden space to partake in morning tea. Continue to a small river crossing before arriving at the hike trail entry of Fitzgerald and Kelly Hut (built 1900) Hike to Fitzgerald’s, Kelly’s and Marm’s Point 1819 m to capture the soft blues of the Main Range of NSW. After soaking up the last pastures of the high plains return to Fitzgerald’s hike trailhead for the return journey back home along the Langford’s aqueduct.
Falls Creek to Hotham and Shuttle Return
Falls Creek To Hotham in a day.
With Falls Creek Guides they provide a guide to pace and navigate the Cobungra Valley that exists between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham, a packed lunch, morning tea/coffee, transfer to pretty valley pondage and back from Mt Hotham to Falls Creek, backpacks and local knowledge make this tour a great day.
The crossing is a 23 kilometre hike that requires strong stamina and hiking experience. The 700 metre vertical climb up from Dibbin’s Hut is quite steep and climbs over a distance of 4.5 km. The attraction to this trek is the iconic view of Feathertop, rugged bush trails, open plains that are frequented by native wildlife, brumbies and the challenge of making the trek in a day with the support of Falls Creek Guides and services.
Ski Touring Training 5 Days Six Nights
The aim of these five days is to prepare your fitness to successfully ski tour an adventure that awaits you around the world or further afield in Australia’s vast snow landscape.
Each day is set as a progression to build stamina, touring ability and technique that will make your next ski touring adventure a safe and successful one.
This tour provides the opportunity to break in your touring boots, check your pack for comfort and check in on how to pack your pack successfully.
Along the trek learn how to pace and climb/descend steep terrain, and ski down some of the extraordinary mountainous terrain that surrounds Falls Creek.
The six nights is accommodated in the delightful Nelse Lodge that includes a stunning continental breakfast, lunches and dinner.
A briefing each night is provided by the guide to go over the details and any special requirements of the climb.
Mt Jaithmathang and Tawonga Hut Return
With the power of Falls Creek Guides’ e-bike fleet, ride easily to the peak of Mt Mckay before descending to the Pretty Valley hut and cattle yards that were first constructed in the 1930s. Then ride towards the Tawonga Hut and the hidden valley of the Jaithmathangs that lay beyond Pretty Valley Pondage crossing and on the edge of the Tawonga Huts. Cattleman, John Ryder, constructed the first Tawonga huts. This hut was pulled down in 1888 by a horse that was tethered to the hut but was replaced that same year. A second hut was built in 1923. Currently, four huts exist on a site 250 metres south of the original site, set amongst ageless snow gums next to a small creek. The huts as a group are recognised as significant by the National Trust.
This trek provides the opportunity to Summit Mt Jaithmathang, 1852 m in a day, to encounter the stunning panorama of Mt Mc Kay and Feathertop that stands as a gate towards Mt Hotham on the great alpine walking trail.
It is very likely to see a Brumby herd that has been roaming the hill’s of Tawonga Huts for the last thirty years.
Roper's Glimpse of Bogong
Leaving the village of Falls Creek, ride out to Watchbed Creek and start the ascend of the Big River Fire Trail. This is the same line used in the Hoppet International Cross-Country Race.
Arriving at the turn off to Mt Nelse hike out to embrace the view of the Main Range of NSW, whilst enjoying a morning tea. Then ride further towards the majesty of Mt Bogong and the lunch destination of Ropers Hut. This hut is surrounded by snow gums and has an exquisite river setting. After lunch return on the Big River Fire trail taking note of the abundant wildflowers that bloom with extra zealous in the valley behind Spion Kojpe. Arriving at Nelse Lodge by 3:30 pm.
The Sweeping Plains is a trek that demonstrates the diversity of the area from the almost sea-like moss beds and river systems that provide an essential part of the natural life system of the high plains. The tour enables four hut visits each having a variety of purposes from the Hydro scheme, tourism, and cattle. This tour is an easy ride with a light hike that gives a true example of just how large and diverse the High Country is.
Breakfast at Wallace's
Breakfast at Wallace’s takes advantage of premium mountain e-bikes. The tour departs via the aqueduct system that surprises the rider with dramatic mountainous and serene lake scenes of the Bogong High Plains.
The hidden delight is an on-location, custom cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs/omelettes, where you choose your toppings, soak up locally made breads, a fresh brew of Honeybird coffee, hot chocolate or tea, whilst breathing in 300-year-old snow gums that hug the eves of Historical Wallace’s Hut.
On return to Nelse Lodge, the tour takes the route of Langford’s aqueduct that lends itself to a landscape that could have inspired Fred Williams to paint.
This tour is a great one for the family or intimate group of friends wishing to have a relaxing morning away.
Easy Glider Panorama, Rocky Knolls and Moon Light Ridge
Designed for the first-time ski tourer to stretch out into the wonderful world of backcountry skiing. Travel up Halley’s chair to the side terrain of Drovers Dream. The first descent is the gentle terrain that follows the original panorama poma line down towards the Rocky Valley Dam. At the base, learn touring techniques and climb back up into the resort. Then ski-out to Ruined Castle to tour the area of the Rocky Knolls before breaking for lunch in the snow gums. Two more ascents on the rocky knolls provide the perfect first introduction to ski touring. Then returning to Nelse lodge via Scott chair.
Hidden Valley Tawonga Huts Ski and Electric Bike Tour
Departing from Pretty Valley lodge on electric mountain bikes and touring packs, ride on the groomed ski trail to the top of Ruined Castle lift before descending to the Pretty Valley Hut and cattle yards that were first constructed in the 1930s.
The next stage is a one-tour ski tour up to the Ben Cooper Memorial. From the top of the Tawonga Hut Valley, the best lines and paths are selected for the morning touring.
Lunch is set in the surrounds of the Tawonga Hut which was constructed firstly by John Ryder. This hut was pulled down in 1888 by a horse that was tethered to the hut but was replaced that same year. A second hut was built in 1923. Currently, four huts exist on a site 250 metres south of the original site, set amongst ageless snow gums next to a small creek. The huts as a group are recognised as significant by the National Trust.
The Pure Loop
From Pretty Valley lodge use the ski lifts to arrive at the top of the Summit at Falls Creek. Descend gently down moon light ridge to road 24 taking in the valley view. Then tour up to the top of Mt McKay 1849 m. Skiing both sides of Mc Kay before moving out and over to the Rocky Knolls for our lunch destination hidden amongst 100 plus year-old snow gums. This is designed for the avid tourer that simply wants to tour and ski the day away. The educational element is on the development of the alpine ski area.
Hidden Valley Tawonga Huts Ski Tour
Departing from Nelse lodge to top of Ruined Castle lift before descending to the Pretty Valley hut and cattle yards that were first constructed in the 1930s. Continue the ski down to Pretty Valley Pondage crossing the pondage for the first accent to the Ben Cooper memorial.
Once in the Tawonga hut valley, the best lines and paths are selected for the mornings touring.
Lunch is set in the surrounds of the Tawonga Hut that was constructed firstly by John Ryder. This hut was pulled down in 1888 by a horse that was tethered to the hut but was replaced that same year. A second hut was built in 1923. Currently, four huts exist on a site 250 metres south of the original site, set amongst ageless snow gums next to a small creek. The huts as a group are recognised as significant by the National Trust.
After lunch, tour the Tawonga Valley further before returning to a snowmobile taxi from the Pretty Valley area. The oversnow shuttle takes you to the top of Ruined Castle to enable an easy decent home towards Nelse Lodge, Falls Creek.
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