Depending on where you live (and therefore where you’re driving from) Falls Creek is possibly the most remote ski resort in Australia. It certainly was for us, driving from Sydney. Words: Deborah Dickson Smith.
The last few kilometres wind through beautiful Alpine forest up and over the snow line which is no good for car sick-prone kiddies so take precautions. Better still – park at Mt Beauty and take the shuttle bus (we found out about this service once we had reached our hotel so it’s a TOP TIP we didn’t manage to take advantage of).
All the accommodation here is a short ski to the nearest chairlift, which means you get more time on the slopes without having to get up at the crack of dawn to commute laden with heavy equipment.
A chairlift takes you from your hotel to Cloud Nine – home of the Snowsports School and SnowClub For Kids – and gateway to dozens of green and blue runs. They seem to cater for hundreds of kids without the appearance of being too crowded.
The kids’ facilities are great, with a huge beginner terrain park on the Drovers Dream run – itself a fantastic, long green run – an ideal place for kids to practice and build their confidence. From here, you can work your way along the mountain through Highway 83 and Scotty’s runs to Ruined Castle and the dark blue and black runs beyond.
If you’re after something a bit more challenging then you can head for the black runs over the other side of the resort on the Summit – of which there are plenty.
So something for everyone really, and I have to say, it really does have a village atmosphere. And no queues. Seriously. No queues.
There are still heaps of deals available – and heaps of snow still falling so plenty of time to check it out.
My top picks for family accommodation:
- Falls Creek Hotel. Cosy hotel with a great view of the Village Square, 4-course dinner and cooked breakfast usually included in your package.
- Trackers. Lovely family-run hotel with kids club and separate (earlier) dinner time for kids – who are then babysat by the in-house nanny while you enjoy a gourmet degustation dinner.
For information on all Aussie ski resorts, the Snow Australia website is a really good resource. It’s got video guides and links to all the resorts, snow reports, snow cams and the latest deals.
Deborah’s first trip with a bub of 4 months involved a 26-hour flight with no sleep, which is exactly when she realised travelling would never be the same. This has only been further confirmed as her family has grown. She’s lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and is now reasonably settled in Sydney’s northern beaches with her Brady Bunch-style combined family of seven — all seasoned travellers.