28 July 2010

Building Sub Committee formed

Following the AGM in May a Building Sub Committee has been formed to work on the many issues associated with the Lodge Redevelopment, required for Lease Renewal.

Members of the Sub Committee include:

Nigel Cowie
Michael McKenna
Paul Cregan
Andrew Rist
Richard Pocknee
Mark Rosenberg

Works completed todate include:

A meeting has been held with our architects - Salter Architects.
A meeting has been held with Falls Creek Resort Management.
Building Surveyor and CFA reports have been commissioned.

The committee will be working hard over the next six months to prepare a building works proposal for FCRM, as part of our lease renewal application.

Nigel Cowie
Lodge Supervisor

26 July 2010

Après Action

AAC Falls Creek members Robert, Ian, Andrew and David sampling some après refreshments at the vodka bar last Saturday evening.

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25 July 2010

Village roads have been cleared

On Saturday, FCRM decided that there was not enough snow on the village roads to make them practical for ski-in/ski-out. Accordingly, they have cleared the village roads.

The same arrangements will be place for drop off and pick up as those that applied earlier in the season. You can get a 30 min pass to drive the lodge and load/unload. Depending on conditions, you may be required to fit chains. Roads may be icy, so be careful driving and walking around the village.

17 July 2010

Opportunity to hear David Herman in Melbourne

The new CEO of Falls Creek Resort Management, David Herman, will be speaking to the Falls Creek Alpine Association (representing Falls Creek stakeholders, including snowports clubs) in Melbourne on Thursday 22 July at the German Club (Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor), commencing at 7.30pm.

Apologies for the late notice on this, but it is a great opportunity to meet David and you are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by latest 19 July to president@fcaa.org.au

If you would like to attend, it is imperative that you reply in case there are changes to arrangements.

Snow at last

About a foot of snow fell during the week, making a huge difference to Falls. The village is now ski-in/ski-out with oversnow in operation. The home trails are skiable, although marginal in places. Ruined Castle was officially open before the snowfall, but is now providing some really nice skiing. Scotties is "interesting" for access. It looks as though another decent fall will get Highway 83 open and make Scotties more than an access trail.

Village Shuttles

FCRM are reminding us that the shuttle service can not be relied on to get everyone around the village.
The intra-village shuttle service is primarily provided for the elderly, immobile, young children and novice skiers and boarders. As we have limited capacity to provide the intra-village shuttle service we strongly encourage ... guests ...to ski to and from their accommodation.

When night skiing is on, there is an extended intra-village shuttle service until ~20 minutes after the lift closes. Once again FCRM are advising that it can't be relied on for general getting around the village:
There are, of course, a limited number of shuttles we can provide during the evening service and this has meant that during the busiest periods the demand is greater than the supply. While we are more than happy to continue to provide the service to whomever is seeking the transport, in future when there is a build up of guests waiting for transport at shuttle stops we will request that priority be given to:
- Skiers and boarders returning from night skiing,
- The elderly and immobile, and
- Very young children.

XC ski trails

After this week's snowfall there is finally enough snow to get the xc trails groomed. So far, approx 25km of trails are groomed and open, including BHP to Watchbed Creek and the McKay loop. Trail fees are being charged.

09 July 2010

XC Ski for Free Days

You can try XC skiing at Falls, free of normal trail fees on July 24 & 25.

You need to register at one of the XC ticket outlets (Windy Corner, Viking or the Falls Creek Visitor Information Centre)and beg, borrow or hire some gear, then enjoy the scenic trails.

More info at www.fallscreek.com.au