So winter has returned, slapping Melbourne on the back and saying; “Hey, remember me, mate? I’m here to freeze your knackers off!”
On the upside, snow is falling on the sunburnt country and although our hills are mere goat trails compared to other worldly alps, Melbournians love transmuting from well-shod to ski-god at this blustery time of year.
One of nine Victorian ski resorts is Fall Creek, 4.5 hours northeast of Melbourne on the lofty peaks of the Bogong High Plains. There’s a distinct lack of day-trippers here due to the distance from Melbourne. Only 600 cars per day means a thin crowd of reasonably good skiers. (Families spend an average of four nights – plenty of time to master the undulating basin.) The lifties here are said to be the best in the country.
Not only transporting skier to summit, a good liftie will also be a snow sweeper, medic (transporting fallen patients back onto lifts), psychologist (counselling said patients), security (herding queue jumpers), meteorologist and sycophant.