10 June 2019

Update on Oversnow and Village Access

It was great to have ski in/ski out for opening weekend but there was not enough snow to last. Between the rain and the snowplough, the village roads are being cleared.
Road conditions permitting, you will be able to drive to the lodge with a 30 minute pass for load and unload. Of course, if there is another big snowfall, things could change

Regardless of road conditions, the village roads will be closed as of 8am on Thur 27 June until mid September.

06 June 2019

At the lodge

You will have seen in the last newsletter that over the summer there have been many small but important improvements to refresh the lodge.

As part of moving the laundry to a more suitable space, some lockers have been relocated. If your locker is not where it was, the games room is where to find it.

News from the lift co

Lift tickets

  • Maximum walk-up day ticket price is $149. You can save by buying online, ahead of time.
  • July Vic school holidays and Fri-Sun in July and August look to have the highest prices
  • The lowest online ticket price is $97
  • Midweek deal - ski Tue, Wed, Thur for the price of 2 days. Matching deal on resort entry. This will not be available in Vic July school holidays.

Ski School

  • Kids ski school restructure
    • Junior workshop 6-14
    • Adults 15+
    • Ride Tribe 13-17 but must be at least competent intermediate (not early or late season)
  • Adult lessons return to 10am
  • All day adult learn to ski deal (optional) 

Maintenance and improvements

  • Gully has had a makeover and is now capable of 2.3m/sec. It can be slowed and sped up as required
  • Eagle has had changes to improve reliability
  • Bushfire control works have had a side benefit of summer grooming in the maze

Other news for season 2019

  • The road and village shuttles and maybe some other vehicles, should have live tracking that you can follow in an app to better understand when to expect one
  • Encouraging people to buy ATS (oversnow) tickets online. Will trial having an express line for people with online tickets
  • ATS hours are nominally till 10 Sat-Thur, after midnight Fri but often they stay later. If you are going to be late, ring them when you know your ETA and they may be able to wait for you
and a plan for 2020
  • Next summer – new car park below Bay 8 – expect 200 spaces

Queen's Birthday Weekend - What's happening?

This is the most snow for opening weekend since 2000.

The village will be in ski in/ski out mode from Friday morning, with no cars in the village. After the weekend they will assess whether there is enough snow to maintain ski in/ski out.

The lift co have said that they will run Gully, Eagle, Halleys, Towers, Drovers, Mousetrap (and maybe the little ski school carpet). They expect all runs off these lifts to be open, plus Broadway and the Ys.

The Falls Creek Alpine Association Mountain Muster function which we hosted last year will be on at Bogong Ski Club in the bowl and you are welcome to attend.

Have a great time if you heading up.

Epic Australia Pass

The Hotham lease issues have been finalised and Hotham is now part of Vail Resorts too. If you have a Hero Pass then you need to decide whether to convert to an Epic Australia Pass. It may be free, or a small fee or even a tiny refund depending on the date that you bought your Hero Pass.

If you convert, you get all the benefits of the Epic Australia Pass but you lose benefits of the Hero Pass. Epic Australia Pass lets you ski at Perisher as well as Falls and Hotham, and at some overseas resorts with some restrictions. Read the fine print and decide which is right for you. Some points to watch out for

  • Hero Passes entitle you to 1 free day ticket and 1 free Learn to Ski ticket for friends. This does not apply under an Epic Pass
  • Epic Australia Pass entitles you to 6 Bring a Mate discount tickets that only apply at Perisher. Discounts vary
  • Seniors over 70 are treated differently by Vail Resorts. For this year, free passes are available under Merlin's conditions (Falls and Hotham only)
You can also choose to upgrade to an Epic Australia Plus pass which has less restrictions on overseas resorts. The Epic Pass is a US dollar pass that will apply to the Northern hemisphere 2019/20 season and our 2020 season. It has the most resorts and least restrictions.

I understand that the deadline to convert is 2 July.