04 April 2015

Vale Doug Pitt

Douglas (Doug) Pitt died on 7th December 2014. Doug was well known to many at AAC Falls Creek. He was a long-time member of the club along with wife Marj and daughters Jessie and Emma.

He served on the committee as Secretary and was involved in many working parties.

Perhaps Doug will be most remembered in the club for his involvement in club racing. He represented AAC Falls Creek many times in Interclub events, including in Masters races.

Our condolences to Marj, Jessie and Emma.

03 April 2015

New blinds for the lounge

We love those huge windows with their view of the summit and village bowl. The downside is just how much sun they let in on a bright day. The mesh roller blinds have been very effective on the lower windows. Over the summer, similar blinds have been added to the upper widows and have made a big difference.

Working Bee - May 2015

A ski lodge needs some TLC to keep it in good condition and and ready for each new ski season. Professional services are used for major items, but we rely on members to do many of the tasks. The annual working bee in early May is when we do all those little things (and sometimes a few big ones) that need doing before the season.

Attendance is optional. People with trade skills are particularly welcome, but all willing hands are appreciated.

Most people arrive late on Friday night. Andrew & Myra provide brekkie & lunch on Saturday & Sunday as well as Saturday dinner. It's great to stock up your locker and catch up with people before the season. For new members it is a great opportunity to meet old hands. However it is first and foremost a working weekend.

Moving firewood into the store
The tasks very from year to year but typically would include
  • moving firewood into the store (a big job for many hands)
  • painting
  • cleaning & organising the kitchen cupboards & contents
  • turning mattresses & mending protectors
  • minor repairs
  • small carpentry jobs
  • checking & replacing light globes
  • weeding and other gardening

Friday 1 May - Sunday 3 May

If you can help this year, please contact our Lodge Supervisor Justin Checcucci

Peaks Challenge 2015

Formerly known as 3 Peaks, this event has been so successful that it has spawned other Gran Fondo rides at Cradle Mountain and the Gold Coast..

Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is the 235 gruelling kilometre loop from Falls Creek, over Tawonga Gap,Mt Hotham and the Bogong High Plain - in a 13 hour time limit. Held on the Labour Day weekend in March each year this event is huge and needs every bed that the village can provide.

AAC Falls Creek has worked with Falls Creek Central Reservations to enable competitors to become summer associates and stay at the lodge for the long weekend. Garry H spent a busy few days making beds, washing afterwards and generally being a helpful host.

It was perfect weather for the event. By all accounts everyone who stayed loved the lodge and many hope to return next year.

Accommodation for this event books out quickly. If you intend staying at the lodge for the March Labor Day weekend, make sure you get in early. Also be aware that pricing and conditions for this weekend will be different than for other summer dates.

It's great to see more activity at Falls Creek in "green season". Events like this encourage more people to enjoy our mountains even when there is no snow.  More use (and income) for the lodge in summer is good for Falls Creek and good for the club.

Resort Entry Season Permit - Early Bird offer

Resort Entry Season permits are available online until 30 April for $290.

After that the price goes up to $325.

You can apply using a form instead of online, but the price is higher.


6-day anytime lift tickets

The lift company have announced a 6 Day Anytime ticket, valid for Falls and Hotham. This offer is only available online until 27 April.

$499 for adults
$425 for youth 15-18
$249 for kids and seniors (65-70)

If you don't come often enough to justify a season pass, this could be a good flexible option.


Changes at FCRM

New  CEO

Falls Creek Resort Management CEO, David Herman, resigned in December. Mark Hubbard was interim CEO while a full executive appointment process was undertaken. Now FCRM have announced that the new CEO, Stuart Smythe, will start on 4 May.From the FCRM announcement:
Mr Smythe comes to the role with not just a passion for the outdoors, the environment and sustainability, but supplements this with a diverse and global business background. He has a demonstrable track record of establishing, building and growing new entities into outstanding businesses, together with a background transforming and driving organisational change across businesses in Australia, North America, India and Japan. His global senior leadership experience along with the proven formulation and execution of strategic initiatives aligned with a collaborative approach to key stakeholder objectives have underpinned his success in international finance and business development over the last two decades.

Stuart is a long-time visitor to Falls Creek and a regular at Falls Creek Country Club. He is an avid snow sports enthusiast is an investor and owner of assets in the Hakuba region of the Japan Alps, is an active financial backer of snow sport related films and has backed innovative product development initiatives related to the industry.  He takes a keen interest in innovation, the application of technology and disruptive leading edge businesses that are socially impactful and deliver broad based societal benefits.

New board members

Graham Irish has retired from the board.
New appointees are Lisa Logan (Dianna Lodge) and James Stewart (Huski, Astra, Silverski, Woodsmoke )

Falls Creek Masterplan

It's easy to be a bit cynical about these sorts of documents but they serve a purpose.

The Victorian government required all the alpine resorts to prepare new masterplans last year. The masterplan is "an overarching strategic plan outlining the how the village and land in the Resort will be used in the future."

It provides a vision of how the resort would like to evolve. It is not an action plan to actually do all these things.

In a practical sense, it provides a framework for obtaining finance and approvals for various initiatives. Projects that are not identified in the masterplan, or at least consistent with the masterplan, are not as likely to succeed.

You can download a summary of the masterplan or go to masterplan.fallscreek.com.au for the full document, a presentation and other information.

Just remember that very little on the masterplan is actually "planned", let alone funded or scheduled.

Do you know prospective members?

Every year, a number of members decide to sell their debentures. While we are sad to see members leave, a steady injection of new active members is good for the club.

The committee assists retiring members to sell their debentures, including advertising/promotion. However the best marketing tool is word of mouth. If you have friends or family who are snowlovers and would fit in with our club, so please encourage them to consider joining.