06 October 2011

Stop Press - Super Early Bird Resort Entry Pass

Resort Management have announced a special Super Hero deal to complement the Hero Pass. Buy your 2012 season resort entry by 5pm on Monday 10 October and save $75 off the full 2011 price ( that's $35 less than the early bird price for 2011). Details at fallscreek.com.au/ResortEntry

Reminder - Hero Pass offer closes 10 October

If you haven't ordered your the Hero Pass for 2012, don't leave it too late. The offer closes on 10 October - this coming Monday. The lift company is a bit worried that their website might not cope if too many people wait till Monday, so don't leave it till the last minute.

In case you haven't heard about the Hero Pass, it's a Falls Creek/Hotham Season Pass for only $699 (that's $500 less than the 2011 early bird pass). You pay $199 by 10 October and another $500 by 1 May 2012. Hero Passes for children and seniors are $99 now and $300 by 1 May. The Hero Pass also entitles you to discounts and special offers at some overseas resorts, Otway and Illawarra Flys, Melbourne Aquarium and Falls Creek & Hotham. Details at skifalls.com.au/HeroPass

04 October 2011

Lease granted

In June we received in principle approval for our lodge redevelopment proposal. This meant that our proposal met the requirements for lease renewal. We did not know the term of the new lease.

The Board of Falls Creek Resort Management has now offered us a 50 year lease, which the club has accepted. This is an excellent outcome.

We are currently seeking tenders for the building work. Tender responses are due soon.

At this stage, we do not expect the lodge to be available for bookings over the coming summer & autumn. This will be confirmed once we have selected a builder and established the building schedule.
    Thanks to all members of the committee and building subcommittee and especially to Nigel Cowie, Lodge Supervisor,  for their efforts on this major project.

    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

    02 October 2011

    serving on the committee

    A club like AAC Falls Creek depends for its success on its members and their contribution to the club. One important way of helping the club is by serving on the committee. Some of the existing committee members have signalled that they would like to retire or step back into less demanding roles by the next AGM. Elections at the AGM are for general committee members, with specific roles being determined at the first committee meeting after the AGM.

    The committee would welcome interest from any potential new committee members. Roles that are likely to be required include
    • Chairman
    • Lodge Supervisor
    • Membership Officer
    If you think you might be be able to contribute to the success of the club in this way or perhaps you might be interested in attending a committee meeting to learn how it works, please send an e-mail to aacfallscreek@gmail.com.