Our ‘How To’ for winter arrival at Falls Creek

Resort Entry and Oversnow Transport

Arriving at Falls Creek can be a little bit daunting if it is your first time. This is especially true if you arrive after dark. There appear to be lights flashing all over, and people everywhere. A great option is to leave your car in Mt Beauty and travel up with Falls Creek Coach Service.

If driving, you will first pass through the Howmans Gap ticket gate area. You need to have your resort entry pre-purchased online at Falls Creek | Resort Entry & Pricing.

As you then drive a little further up toward the village, there are tons of resort workers at the rescue directing you where to stop, where to unload and where to park.

If your accommodation is in the village proper, you are most likely going to need oversnow transport. Check with your provider, but generally speaking, the more central the location within the village itself, the more likely you are to need it. If you are staying at Lakeside Falls Creek, then you definitely do.

So, on arrival, pull into the ATS terminal. ATS stands for Accommodation Transfer Service, and is run like a ferry terminal. You unpack your luggage from your car onto a trolley. Then you head inside and check-in (if you have pre-purchased your transfer online). If there are 2 adults in the vehicle, then I recommend one of you organising the luggage and transfer tickets whilst the other heads back in to the car and takes it to park.

There will be a staff member there to direct you on available parking spaces. They will then direct a mini van to follow you and it will pick you up and take you back to the ATS.

Once all passengers and luggage are together, you can load into the ATS vehicle. You will be dropped at the door of your accommodation. The kids love the adventure of the big snow cat.

Our guide to your first snow day on the mountain…

Lift Tickets, Ski School and Lessons

Are you coming to Falls Creek for the first time? Or maybe it’s just been awhile. It can be so hard to know where to start. Here’s a few pointers from us, having been a family that prior to purchasing Lakeside Falls Creek, have been coming up for one week a year since our 20’s. (We won’t talk about how many years that is!)

Let’s start with beginners:

As a beginner, you need to start your day at the Falls Express Chairlift in Slalom Plaza. This lift is accessible without putting your skis or board on, and takes you directly to the learn to ski and ride centre. If you are starting here for the first time, I recommend hiring your skis through a Falls Creek outlet Homebase Falls Creek Ski Lifts Outlets – Falls Creek. Homebase is located at the bottom of the Falls Creek Express so you don’t need to navigate anywhere with skis on until after your first lesson. They are not always the cheapest, but for the convenience of location it is worth it. Next visit you can try out one of the other rental outlets in the village.

Pre book your ski hire online, as the queues can be long here and it is frustrating when it takes up your valuable on-mountain time. There are discounts available too for advance purchase. Give yourself plenty of time to get fitted before your lesson starts.

If there are a few of you at the same beginner standard, consider booking a private lesson. You will get more attention and learn a lot more. Once you split the cost amongst you, it can work out the same price as a group lesson.

If it is within your budget, always book your kids into ski school. Group lessons are available for children, but ski school will get your kids moving faster. You can select half day or full day. We have always chosen full day, as the kids are fed lunch and it gives you a little more time to get the hang of things on your own.

For all things ski school, visit Junior Workshop – Falls Creek Ski LIfts (skifalls.com.au). It can be a chaotic time dropping your kids to their class. We have always found that it works best if you have already discussed with your children that they may not be placed together with siblings or friends (each child is placed in the class best suited to their ability), and to let them know that as soon as you have dropped them with their instructor and signed in, that you will be leaving them. There is simply no room for adults to hang around at the drop off point.

Pack a few little snacks in your children’s pockets (and your own for that matter) like protein bars or mini chocolates so that if they are hungry before the group stops for lunch, they have something to get them through.

Don’t be late for pick-up. After an adventurous day touring the mountain, your kids will be very eager to see you. Make sure that you are there on time as directed by their instructor to collect them. Our kids have always loved showing us their new skills or taking us on a tour to a run they found for the first time after their session has ended. But usually, that’s about all the energy they have left. Don’t be surprised if by 3.30pm or 4pm, they are ready to call it a day.

Day 1 lessons

At the end of the day, if everyone has had a lesson of some sort you should have all the skills that you need to follow a home trail back to your accommodation. In Falls Creek, all home trails lead back to the village so you won’t get lost. Ask your accommodation provider to show you which is the best trail to take to minimise any uphill walking. There is also a free village shuttle service that pick’s up from Slalom Plaza and drops at a number of locations throughout the village. If you are staying with us at Lakeside, then you will need to use stop 6.

Falls Creek – Official website for Falls Creek Alpine Resort : Here you will find everything you need to know about Falls Creek across both Summer and Winter Seasons. Lakeside is open for bookings in the winter ski season, as well as Summer school holidays, 3 peaks cycling event weekend, and the Easter school holidays.

Employment Opportunities:

Falls Creek has ample opportunities for employment across a variety of locations and job descriptions. Lakeside is currently recruiting for a chef for winter-

This is the opportunity that you have been looking for! Lakeside Falls Creek will once again welcome guests for the winter season. We are excited to open our Eatery and Lounge to both in-house guests and the public.

We are searching for a Chef or experienced cook who can manage our dinner service and kitchen coordination. The role is 7 hours per day, 6 days per week, 3pm-10pm so plenty of time to hit the slopes during the day. Accommodation is provided with private ensuite on-site.

The kitchen is a full commercial set up, giving you scope to be innovative and creative. Our chef is an integral part of our team- managing the operations of the kitchen, any kitchen hand or dishy staff, and all ordering and supplies.

All applications and enquiries to Michelle at info@lakesidefallscreek.com.au

For additional opportunities visit:

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