13 September 2017

Facebook for AAC Falls Creek

Love it or hate it, Facebook has certainly become a widely used way of communicating. Some members are keen to use Facebook for club information and for sharing photos and chat about the club.

A Facebook page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/fallshuette/ or just search Facebook for AAC Falls Creek. You'll know you are in the right place by the familiar wallpaper. You should be able to see the page without having a Facebook account.

Facebook will be an additional communication channel. The blog and email newsletters will still be used. In fact we are trialling a facility to automatically send blog posts to Facebook too. There is no pressure to use Facebook if you prefer not to.

Posts will need to be approved by our moderators before they appear. Please also be considerate of members and guests when posting or tagging.

11 September 2017

Extended Season to 8 October

The lift company have extended the season until Sunday 8th October. To allow you to enjoy this to the full, we are pleased to announce that the off-peak season at the lodge will also be extended. Linen service, continental breakfast and room cleaning will be provided. Summer season will now commence on the night of Sunday 8 October.

It's our best season in over a decade. All runs are open, with great cover. Enjoy some lovely September skiing, right up until the end of Vic & NSW school holidays.

05 September 2017

Hero Pass 2018

It's on again - if you are a frequent Falls Creek skier or boarder then this deal is too good to miss.

$799 for a 2018 season pass valid at Falls & Hotham. Kids & Seniors only $459.

Pay a $99 deposit by 5pm on 9 October and the deposit in April

The side benefits are a little different - best check the details if they are important to you

More info at fallscreek.com.au/heropass

25 August 2017

Spring Pass

Today, Fri 25th August, is the last day to pick up a spring lift pass.

There's a metre and a half of snow and the runs are all in great shape. Spring Pass lets you ski from Mon 4th Sept till the end of the season. $449 for Adults and $269 for Kids and Seniors


07 August 2017

The blizzard we've been waiting for

It's been a few years since we had a big snow storm. Starting on Friday 4th August we've had wind and whiteout and thunder and lightening - and lots of lovely dry snow.

It's been a bit chaotic on the road with trees down, power lines down, vehicle accidents and an influx of Hotham skiers unable to get up the road from Harrietville. They ran out of day car parks today. But as I write, the road has reopened to all traffic.

Ski patrol are reporting average snow depth of 150cm. The lodge is pretty full for the next few weeks but there are a few nights with beds for singles. Check the booking system


Club Race

You will be shocked to learn that Ross B didn't win this year.

That makes more sense when I add that the race had to be cancelled because of the blizzard conditions.

31 July 2017

Club Race - Waiver Form

When reviewing the various insurance policies held by the club, the committee was very disappointed to learn that it was not possible to obtain cover for ski racing. The risk of a member seeking to sue the club in connection with a race is tiny, but if it did arise it could be ruinous.

The lift company already requires race participants to sign a liability waiver to protect the company. The club needs adult competitors to also sign a waiver form exluding liability for the club and waiving right to sue. Competitors under 18 will need to have their adult guardian sign their form.

Participants need to decide for themselves (or their child or minor under their guardianship) that the course and conditions on the day are suitable for their skills and abilities. There is no obligation or pressure for members to participate if they are not confident about the course or conditions, regardless of whether they have previously entered or said they intended to race.

You can read/download a copy from aacfallscreek.com/xDocs/Forms/Race_Waiver.pdf

27 July 2017

All lifts are now open

International poma opened at lunchtime Thursday 27 July, so we now have all lifts open.

25 July 2017

Ignition: Mountain Bike season opening celebration 18-19 Nov

There's still a lot of skiing and boarding to do this season, but we know that it won't last forever. Don't despair as spring brings patches of green and the sound of running water back to the mountain, Instead start planning you summer trip to Falls.

Mountain biking at Falls gets bigger every year and the Summer 17/18 season will kick off with Ignition weekend on 18 & 19 November. This weekend is supported by 4 local craft breweries Sweetwater (Mt Beauty), Blizzard (Dinner Plain), Bright Brewery and Bridge Road (Beechworth) so the beer hall alone will be worth the trip. Features of the weekend include Gravity shuttles, backcountry rides supported by shuttles, Flowtown night ride, demo bikes, drift trikes, skill sessions, tech sessions, mechanic, dinner & brekkie, street food.

To make it easier for people to attend, the usual summer minimum booking fee ($300) will be waived for this weekend, making it just $30 per night for members, $42 for guests.

Last year this event was sold out so don't leave it too late to book.

Details at ignitionmtb.com.au

More Blue Dirt information

19 July 2017

Booking Officer contacts details are changing

Alan Long will still be our booking officer, but after many years Ken Long Tyre Specialists has closed so contact details will change.

From 15 July, contact details will be

Phone: 03 9328 4491 (unchanged but likely to change after the season)
Email: mrkflong@bigpond.com (unchanged)
Post: 24 St James Rd Heidelberg 3084
 and of course the online booking system lodgebooking.com.au/aac_falls_creek/memberPortal.php

This change also presented an opportunity to review the service provided. It is rare for bookings to be made by FAX or in person. Bookings by these means will no longer be available.

We wish Alan all the best as he enters a new stage in his career.

Winter is here and Summit is turning

It's been a slowish start to the season but gradually the base is building and runs are opening. It's been snowing on and off since Monday morning. Last night there was excitement as we saw groomers on village for the first time. Now all the lifts are turning except Lakeside and Inter. Tuesday was blizzardy with lifts on hold much of the time. Today there are lots of smiling faces: wind has died down and there's plenty of fresh stashes to play in.

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Saturday 22nd: Lakeside is turning too

Thursday 27th: and Inter means all lifts are open

Spa renovation

The gremlins have been paticularly troublesome, causing a few delays to the spa renovation.  The gremlins are now vanquished (hopefully)and it's almost at a point where we can open it. It's looking really good and we think you'll agree that it is worth the wait: new cedar panelling on the ceiling and walls, light grey non-slip floor tiles, pale blue spa tiles. The new shower and toilet can be completed after the spa opens, as can rock work on feature walls. The plumbing has also been improved to avoid external pipes and to improve access to some controls.




Racing success

Club members & guests have been competing in various events over the school holidays.


Firstly Sarah, Mia and Zara from St Catherines competed in Vic Junior Cross Country Sprints, with Zara winning the U14 division.

Then Ross B entered the Cranky Charlie cup for the first time and came away with the trophy



and the next day daughter Carla came 3rd in Division 2 of King of the Mountain

Congratulations to all our racers

Growing up in the lodge

Reeve is loving lodge life, coming out for a meet & greet most mornings and enjoying all the cuddles and attention

Working Bee

This year the working bee was a little different. Numbers were deliberately kept down to allow us to focus was on the spa renovation. The usual pre-season jobs were still completed, eg storing dry goods, kitchen spring autumn clean, weed control, firewood stacking. Firewood stacking has always needed a very big team, but the use of a builder's chute has let us get this big job done with less hands.

Thanks to all those who helped

AGM and Committee Positions

The AGM went smoothly. The committee was expanded to 9 positions. All past committee members were re-elected plus Lynn Cameron.

The June committee meeting elects the office bearers. These are unchanged from the previous year.
President: Nigel Cowie
Secretary: Bronwyn Sigmund
Treasurer: Michal Szkilnik

Lodge Supervisor: Justin Checcucci
Booking Officer: Alan Long
Membership: Garry Hayes
Marketing: Tony Ryder
Communications & IT: Jenny Hughes

Lynn Cameron will have a chance to learn the ropes before being assigned a role.

Eagle replacement for 2018

The lift company still needs formal government approval, but preparations are well underway for replacing Eagle Chair next year. The old chair is 37 years old and becoming a bit of a maintenance nightmare. Instead we will have a fast quad detachable. Changing the alignment has proved too difficult because of environmental issues so the new chair will start and end very close to the current load & unload. Ski traffic through the bowl area will probably neeed to go behind rather than under the lift.

While we daydream of new lifts opening up more terrain, the new Eagle should still be a boon to AAC members. We will be able to easily take beginner guests up to the ideal beginner slope at Monkey Bar (Playground) and our own journey up Eagle will be faster and more comfortable. Hopefully the new lift will also see a return to a more lively vibe in the village bowl.

Village news

No major changes this year but a few minor things of interest:

  • There should be 2 village shuttles operating most of the time, compared to 1 much of the time last year
  • Slight increase in number of parking bays and staff/resident parking moved out of Lower Slalom to make more room for guests
  • Shuttle stop shelters have been turned around so snow drop is not onto waiting passengers
  • If you order food to be delivered from the supermarket, you should get an SMS to meet the delivery
  • Winchcat grooming rides are being offered by the lift company (not cheap)
  • FCRM are planning a 33% discount on resort entry for 3+ nights in September

22 April 2017

6 Day Any Time Lift Offer ends Sunday 23 April

If you can't justify a season ticket but want some flexibility, the 6 Day Any Day lift ticket might be what you are after.

$499 for adults,
$279 for kids and seniors

Valid for Hotham as well as Falls Creek

only available until 23 April

More

21 April 2017

AGM - Save the date

The Annual General Meeting will be on Tue May 23rd at Royal Brighton Yacht Club


Don't forget that AGM notices and associated documents will now be sent by email, not post.

Make sure that your correct email address and mobile number are registered with the club. You can do this online or contact ProAcct jnoye@proacct.com.au or 0398809600.

20 April 2017

Meet Reeve



Myra and Andrew have a beautiful daughter Reeve Ann.


She was born on 21st March in Wodonga. (Vital statistics: 3.3kg and 53cm)


19 April 2017

Spa Update

A reminder of what is being done

The aim is make a brighter, more attractive space while retaining the look (and practical properties) of cedar and stone.
  • The dark (and slippery) slate will be replaced with lighter tiles with a high non-slip rating.
  • The spa will be re-tiled in light blue tiles.
  • New cedar panelling will be installed, with some feature sections with rock effects.
  • The old shower area will become a new toilet stall.
  • The old toilet stall will become an open shower.
In order to remove the wall between the spa and shower/toilet area, an engineering solution was needed. This took a while but a sturdy steel beam has now been installed and the rest of the renovation can continue.


The toilet stall still has to be built, but the open shower will make the space more open.

12 February 2017

Another summer special

The weekend of Thur 30 March to Sunday 2 April will have no minimum fee at the lodge.

The Falls Creek Longest Lunch will be held on Friday 31st March, catered by Barry Iddles (Elk and Sorrento Catering Company)

more info

If you can't make it for Friday lunch, it's still a great chance to get up to the high plains. Ride the mountain bike trails, fish for trout, enjoy a walk on the high plains or a stroll along the aqueduct or just relax in the mountain air.

Blue Dirt now operate Mountain Bike shuttles and bike hire every weekend until 23 April

Easter will also be a minimum fee free time at the lodge.

Minimum fee free periods aim to make it easier for members and their guests to enjoy a short stay at the lodge over the "green" season.


11 February 2017

Australia Day Weekend

Justin & Tony headed up to the lodge to help with more work on the spa renovation. They took time out to watch the dragon boat racing on a perfect summer day




31 January 2017

Mountain Bike Weekend

After the success of the mountain bike weekend in 2016, most of that crew returned this January. Once again there was beautiful weather for riding the trails as well as further afield. Great food, great company and lots of fun.