Falls Creek Village & Ski Guide
The breathtakingly gorgeous Falls Creek is one of the most popular destinations for a winter getaway in Australia. This travel guide will provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip and make it an unforgettable experience. It includes tips on where to stay, what to do, and how to prepare for your adventure!
Everything You Need to Know to Visit Falls Creek Ski Resort
The Green Adventurers acknowledge the Jaitmatang people, Traditional Custodians of the land of Falls Creek and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
About Falls Creek
Falls Creek is a beautiful alpine village in the Victorian Alps in northeast Victoria. The village is within the ski resort which includes 450 hectares of skiable terrain. The hotels, lodges, restaurants and bars are accessed by roads that are completely covered in snow during the winter months so you can ski or snowboard right to the door!
The village sits at an elevation of 1600 m above sea level and the highest point reached by a chair lift is 1,780m. The ski area is accessed by 14 different lifts including chair lifts, poma lifts and magic carpets. Falls Creek is a great beginner mountain with plenty of green runs but there are some fantastic steeper slopes and tree runs for expert riders. Falls Creek also offers a wide range of activities for all ages such as cross country skiing, tobogganing, tubing & snowmobiling.
Where is Falls Creek & How To Get There
Falls Creek is found in the Hume Region of northeastern Victoria. The village is nestled amongst the ski slopes, accessible by a single entry road in the winter months. From Melbourne Falls Creek is a 4.5 – 5 hours drive and around 2 hours from Albury.
The town of Mt Beauty is at the base of the mountain and it takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to drive up to the resort although it can take a lot longer during the busy days of the season especially when there is fresh snow.
Driving to Falls Creek
To bring your vehicle to Falls Creek you need to pre-purchase a resort entry permit. This permit allows you to park for the day or overnight and includes services such as ski patrol, snow-clearing, garbage collection and the village shuttle. Buying at the resort will set you back $62 per day or $55 a day online. You can also get a season pass for $535 online.
When driving to Falls Creek during the declared ski season, carrying snow chains is a legal requirement. You can hire chains in Bright & Mt Beauty. Check ahead of time that they have suitable chains for your vehicle.
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Accommodation Transfer Service
As most of the on-mountain accommodation is ski-in – ski-out there is no road access. The village is closed off to cars when there is snow on the roads. To transport your luggage to where you are staying you will need to use the Accommodation Transfer Service. Upon arrival pull up to the ATS building and unload your luggage before being parked by one of the parking attendants. As car park spaces are limited you may be parked in one of the 8 bays along the side of the road. The shuttle bus will drive with you and direct you where to park and give you a ride back to the ATS building where you can get the over-snow vehicle for you and your luggage.
Bus to Falls Creek
Catching a bus to Falls Creek can be the most economical way to reach the slopes as the price will generally include the resort entry fee within the price. Available services include:
Falls Creek Coaches
Falls Creek Village Accommodation
On the mountain is in high demand at Falls Creek. The majority of the accommodation at Falls Creek is ski-in, ski-out for most of the season, depending on the snowfall. Staying on the mountain is expensive during the winter season so don’t expect a lot of bang for your buck as you’re paying for the location. There are deals to be snatched up very early and late in the season when the snow conditions aren’t as favourable. For all you need to know about booking your stay at Falls Creek see the dedicated guide or read a summary of suggestions below.
$$$ Top End Luxury Accommodation Falls Creek
Staying off the mountain can be a more budget-friendly option. Mt Beauty is a 30 minute to 1-hour drive to Falls Creek depending on the traffic and conditions. Bright is a 1-2 hour drive but there are a lot more accommodation options.
Falls Creek Restaurants
Falls Creek Things To Do
Skiing & Snowboarding At Falls Creek
Skiing & snowboarding are the most popular activity at Falls Creek. For all you need to know see our full guide.
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Tips & Tricks
Falls Creek Trail Map
Trail maps can actually be hard to come by! In 2021 paper maps were not printed so 2022 may be the same. The trail map is available online or on the Falls Creek App.
Best Runs At Falls Creek
Wombat’s Ramble – Green
Last Hoot – Blue
Rollercoaster – Black
Highway 83 – Blue
The Y’s – Black
The Knolls – Black
Drover’s Dream – Green
Where To Rent Ski Equipment At Falls Creek
Lockers at Falls Creek
Day Shelter -Below the Visitor Information Centre – Free but need a $2 coin to use
Cloud 9 – See the ski school office to hire
Snowzone & Village Bowl Rental Shops
Falls Creek Snow – Weather & Snow Report
Of course, we all want to know what the weather will be like – planning a trip usually requires a lot more notice than the weather predictions to it can be a bit of a gamble when booking your trip.
A summary of the weather based on my personal experience:
June – Opening weekend is usually going to offer very limited terrain.
Sometimes there is a good early dump but snow can be sparse in the first few weeks.
July – Cover starts to build and more terrain opens. The weather is cold but can get some great pow days.
August – Peak season – This is the most popular month to visit Falls. The coverage is usually good by now with most terrain open and there is a good chance of beautiful sunny days that are cold enough for the snow conditions to hold.
September -Spring! If you don’t want to risk snowstorms, cold & rain then usually September brings sunshine and great spring skiing conditions. The snow gets quite slushy and later in the month, the snow is seriously melting.
October – The last couple of days of the season are pretty quiet. There isn’t too much snow left at this point but if the season has been good then some runs might still be decent.
Resources to check the snow conditions at Falls Creek
Skiing & snowboarding are dangerous and accidents and injuries can happen. Make sure to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code to minimize risk to yourself and others.
The Ski Patrol team are out on the slopes at all times to help keep you safe and help out in case of an incident.
03 5758 1243
See all available Medical Services
Falls Creek Village Shuttle
Getting around the village is easy – everything is within a 20-minute walk but there is also a shuttle service. The village shuttle has over-snow vehicles which service 6 stops throughout the village as well as buses that service the stops along the road.
The shuttle service operates 7 days a week from 8 am – 5:30 pm and until 9 pm on the evening that night skiing is on. There is no timetable – the drivers lap the village constantly so usually the wait is less than 15 minutes. The service is included with your resort entry permit to no tickets or payment is required.
No, a dog permit is required for a dog to be in the resort and these are only available to residents.
Falls Creek is a No Drone Zone and the use of drones is not permitted by visitors, regardless of skill or experience in using them. Media operators can apply for permission by filling out a Commercial Filming Application Form. For more information see the Falls Creek Resort Management drone policy.
The tobogganing slope at Falls Creek can be found at Windy Corner. There is day parking available at Windy Corner and the day shelter has a cafe and rental shop where you can pick up a toboggan. The tobogganing area is open when there is enough snow coverage to may not be available early or late in the season.
Same as anywhere the weather can vary a lot from day to day at Falls Creek. Sun, snow, rain, fog, it’s hard to know what you will get during your visit but generally, the most snow falls in July & August. When a blizzard comes through there can be over 50cm of snow in a 24 hour period. If you enjoy the sunshine, spring conditions in September might suit you best. My favourite place to check on the weather is Snow Forecast and the Snow Cams for the live view of what is happening on the mountain.
Check out my vegan dining guide for all you need to know about eating on the mountain.
If you have done neither, skiing is generally the best pick for beginners. It is easy to learn the basics but hard to master. Snowboarding is tough for beginners. It can take a good few days to be able to turn down a green run confidently. If you have experience with skateboarding, surfing or wakeboarding you have a good headstart!
The temperate at Falls Creek doesn’t get too far below 0 degrees. The average low in winter is -2.8 degrees. When you combine low temperates with a strong wind it will feel colder so be prepared with plenty of layers.
Peak season is August. This is when you will generally get the best snow conditions and the highest prices.
June & September/October are off-peak and have lower prices but less guarantee of great snow coverage.
The price of lift passes varies throughout the season depending on demand. You can expect to see the lowest prices early in the season when limited terrain is open as well as in spring when the snow melts and lifts close.
There are discounted prices for booking in advance and consecutive day passes offer better value too. If you plan on visiting for a longer stay buying an Epic pass is the best value but they are not available throughout the duration of the season so look into this well ahead of time.
fallscreek.com.au – This is the Falls Creek Resort Management website. Here you can purchase your resort entry permit.
skifalls.com.au – This is the Falls Creek Ski Lifts website. Here you can purchase lift tickets, lessons & rental equipment.
No – According to the terms & conditions:“unless otherwise specified at the time of sale, all valid lift tickets issued by FCSL for the Falls
Creek Resort are valid for use at the Falls Creek resort only and are not valid for use at
Perisher or Mount Hotham.”
Falls Creek is an exciting and action-packed destination. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-fueled activities, family fun or a relaxing weekend getaway, Falls Creek has something for everyone! Have YOU visited Falls Creek? Let us know in the comments.
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