03 October 2011

That's the season that was - 2011

Season 2011 is over. It started with great promise and July had fantastic snow for those lucky enough to be up there then. Then it just sort of gradually faded away, before ending with a last flurry of snowflakes on closing weekend. Wombats and Main street were open for Queens Birthday Weekend, and Main Street was still going till the last day. Mother nature may have been fickle but snowmaking delivered and kept us skiing and boarding at Falls Creek after Hotham and Buller closed a week early.

Our new managers Andrew & Myra did a great job.

We had a new transport system with great new vehicles. Most customers seemed to think it worked well most of the time.

Steve Lee's backcountry tours were a hit with at least one group of AAC members and guests who had a fabulous trip out to McKay.

Ross was again triumphant in the club race, with Vivienne taking out the wonen's race and Carla the children's.

On Hoppet day we had 3 competitors with John again winning his age group in the Joey event.

The unfavourable economic climate and the sparse snowfalls meant that numbers on the slopes were down, but AAC and other clubs still had quite a good year. We can only infer that even in doubtful economic times, we will still flock to the slopes if we can get good value. It seems that most lift companies around Australia are reaching the same conclusion as they have announced some very attractive early bird season passes. Falls' and Hotham's Hero Pass for $699 is a great deal but you need to act fast - offer closes 10 October.

I always love to receive photos taken by members and guests at Falls Creek so that I can share them with you. Laurie gave me some fabulous shots of around the lodge and village. You can see more of his shots and others from this season in our web album

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