Falls Creek Ski & Snowboard Guide
The snowy alpine village of Falls Creek is the perfect place for a ski holiday. With 450 hectares of skiable terrain, Falls Creek Ski Resort offers green, blue and black runs to suit all abilities. Discover all you need to know about skiing and snowboarding at Falls Creek and start planning your winter adventure!
About Falls Creek
Falls Creek is Australia’s best ski holiday destination. Thousands of visitors make their way to Falls Creek Ski Resort each winter to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the Victorian Alps. The first ski lodge at Falls Creek was built in 1948 with a rope tow following in 1951. Australia’s first ski chairlift was constructed in 1957 and skiers have been hitting the slopes ever since!
For more information about Falls Creek Resort and Village check out our Falls Creek Village & Ski Guide
Learn to Ski at Falls Creek
Falls Creek is a perfect resort for first-timers as there is plenty of beginner terrain. The ski school lessons run from Cloud 9 at the top of Halleys Comet chair lift. Beginner skiers are able to carry their equipment and walk onto the chair if they are not confident getting on & off the chair.
Falls Creek Ski Lessons
Lessons are highly recommended for beginners. The snowsports instructors are qualified and are experts in teaching the basics as well as helping intermediate and advanced skiers & snowboarders to improve their skills & technique.
During busy times like school holidays lessons sell out quickly so book in advance to make sure you get a spot!
Ski or Snowboard?
If you are a first-timer then choosing whether to ski or snowboard can be a tough choice. Generally, skiing is easier to pick up the basics and hard to master. The first few days on skis are challenging but you can get yourself down a green run.
Snowboarding on the other hand has a very steep learning curve. The first few days involve a lot of falls and even making it down a green run is a challenge. Skating on and off the lifts is difficult for beginners too but once you begin to link your turns you can progress quickly.
Check if your rental hire shop lets you swap between equipment so you can swap between skiing and snowboarding if you are unsure.
Falls Creek Ski Hire
There are plenty of options to choose from when renting ski gear at Falls Creek.
- Vail Resorts – Homebase, Village Bowl
- Central Snowsports
- Halley’s Ski Hire
- Snowrider Rentals – Falls Creek Hotel
- Snow Monkey – Slalom Plaza
There are also rental hire shops in Mt Beauty or other towns in the valley. Generally, the prices are cheaper but if you experience any problems on the slopes getting them resolved is a lot more difficult if you don’t rent from an on-mountain shop.
Rental shops will generally not rent goggles & gloves so you will need to purchase these.
Falls Creek Ski Lifts
The Falls Creek Ski Lifts are operated by Vail Resorts. There are 14 lifts at Falls Creek including 3 pomas, 8 chairs, 4 magic carpets & the tube park carpet.
To ride the chair you need to purchase a lift pass. All lift & lesson products are loaded onto your Snowpass card which has an RFID chip that scans at the gates of the chair lift. Once you have a card you can top up your days online. Buying an Epic pass gives you lift access for the whole season as well as some additional perks like discount on retail, rental and lessons. Day & multi-day passes can also be purchased online. The prices fluctuate depending on the demand so a day pass can set you back upwards of $200. Buying in advance will give you a cheaper rate and buying consecutive days is also a better deal.
Falls Creek Terrain Park
Skiers and boarders can challenge themselves at the two terrain parks at Falls Creek – Drovers & Ruined Castle. The parks have many boxes, rails & jumps and are set up in Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large lines.
What equipment do I need?
- Skis or snowboard + bindings
- Ski or snowboard socks
- Base layer top & bottom
- Waterproof pants
- Mid layer
- Jacket or hoodie on sunny days
- Lift pass
Falls Creek Trail Map
Falls Creek Ski Resort offers an incredible variety of terrain options, ranging from beginner slopes to expert runs. There are also plenty of trails for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.
Night Skiing Falls Creek
Night skiing at Falls Creek runs every Wednesday and Saturday from 6pm-9pm when conditions permit. For Epic pass holders night skiing is included in their pass but day pass holders will need to buy an additional pass at the ticket counter in the Homebase Rental Shop.
Enjoy skiing & Snowboarding at Falls Creek!
Your winter adventure awaits! If you have any questions about visiting Falls Creek please feel free to get in touch on socials and I am happy to help!