Falls Creek, a wholly ski-in ski-out, pedestrian-only, family-oriented gem in the Victorian ski
fields! With beautiful wide open runs up top and long snaking runs through gum trees down to the
village, Falls is one of our local favourites.
Blue-bird day Falls Creek!
Warm-up run at Falls.
Getting to Falls Creek
The Falls Creek Alpine Resort is located in the Victoria Alps in the southern part of the
Alpine National Park and is a 350km drive from Melbourne. If you are driving, Mt Beauty
is your last chance for fuel and chain hire, so make sure you are sorted before heading up the
On our first trip Falls Creek with the girls we drove up the day before hitting the slopes so
we could get our car parked, accommodation sorted, and have a relaxing afternoon checking out
the village and buying some ski passes. The village is car-free during the snow season, with
most accommodation an easy walk from the car park. There is a drop-off area so you can unload
all your gear before parking the car. If you have a lot of gear with you there is an
Accommodation Transfer Service that can take you and your gear in cat-track vehicles right to
your front door, for a reasonable price. We used this option, with one of us going with the gear
and the other three walking. One of the great things about Falls is that all the accommodation
is ski-in and ski-out.
'Mouse Trap' magic carpet up at 'The Peak'.
We were lucky enough to score some bluebird days up at Falls for the girls' first time
on the mountain. On our first day, after a leisurely breakfast, we headed out for the first
lifts up. Our youngest wanted an easy warm-up so we headed straight up the 'Halley's Comet' lift
and skied the beginners green run at the top. It is a designated slow zone with a wide, gentle
slope accessed via two magic carpets, 'Boardwalk' and 'Mouse Trap', the latter is a covered
There are some great, winding, green (beginner) runs that take you from the top of the 'Halley's
Comet' and 'Eagle Express' chairs to get you back to the base of the mountain, for beginners or
the weary. Our eldest daughter loves the 'Last Hoot' to get back to the base, a nice blue run
(intermediate) through the gums, starting from the top of the 'Halley's Comet' lift.
If you are after some great intermediate (blue) and advanced (black) runs head over to the
'Summit' chair. There is plenty to keep you entertained either side of the 'Summit' chair, or
take the track to 'Wishing Well' to access to some other challenging advanced runs, then use
'The Last Tango' to get back to the 'International' poma and the 'Gully' chair.
We haven't introduced our girls to cross country skiing yet but Falls Creek has extensive
network of groomed cross country trails for all abilities, which are currently free to access.
We were lucky enough to be up at Falls for the Thursday night fireworks. Watching fireworks in
the snow with the girls has always been a fun outing, as well as wandering the village soaking
up the night atmosphere.
Tobogganing beside our accommodation.
Water tank art on 'Ory's' run.
A view of the village from the top of the 'Summit' chair.
Mt Buller, a beautiful little village among the gum trees, some great runs for all abilities,
and beautiful views from up top.
Blue-bird day Mt. Buller. (still from video)
'Baldy' run off the 'ABOM Express' chair. (still from video)
Action shot down 'Baldy'. (still from video)
Getting to Mt. Buller
Mt. Buller is located in the Victorian Alps, of the Great Dividing Range. The Mt. Buller Alpine
Resort is approximately 230km from Melbourne, Victoria, or roughly a 3 hour drive. There is no
fuel available up at Mt. Buller so make sure you fill up in Mansfield before heading up. If
you are doing a day trip check to see if you need to hire chains, or if you are keeping your
vehicle up at Mt. Buller overnight then you are legally required to carry chains.
We generally stay on the mountain when we visit Mt. Buller however, on one of our trips
we stayed down in Mansfield, about 50kms away, and caught the bus up to the slopes each
day; this worked well but was not as nice as staying on the mountain! We also did a day-trip to
Mt. Buller, getting up early in the morning, driving 4 hours there, skiing and then 4 hours
back, something we vowed never to repeat!
Mt Buller has a beautiful village nestled in amongst the gums. When
we have stayed on the mountain we have chosen places that are a comfortable walk to the
slopes and the centre of the village; there are plenty of ski-in ski-out options if that is what
you are after. We have stayed in some great places up at Mt. Buller but had one unfortunate
experience, having booked accommodation where the heating was turned off during the day and the
owners uninterested in rectifying the situation. Since the children do not last all day out in
the cold it is always nice to have a spot to warm up during the day! Fortunately, this has been
a rare experience on our snow adventures!
Lift line at the 'Bourke St. Express' lift.
Bluebird day on Mt. Buller!
Mt. Buller has two, wide beginners slopes; the 'Bourke Street' run off the 'Bourke Street
Express' chair, near the village centre, and the 'Burnt Hut Spur' run via the 'Bonza' chair.
There is also a magic carpet and a very gentle beginners slope near the village centre,
between the base of the 'Bourke St. Express' chair and the 'ABOM Express' chair. Our eldest
daughter really enjoyed the long, wide, all green run, from the top of the 'ABOM Express' chair
back down to the village.
Mt Buller has a nice short but wide tobogganing area, perfect for first-timers. The tobogganing
area has snow-making so they are able to maintain a nice base throughout the season.
Our favourite accommodation at Mt. Buller, 'Icicles'.