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We have retired the blog as a separate way of communicating with members. Old news can still be be found at aacfallscreek.blogspot.com
The Club would like to recognise the passing of several members who were integral to AAC's establishment.
1928 - 2022
Bryan was the founding board member and long serving chairman of the Australian Alpine Club Dinner Plain. Devoted husband of Peg (dec). Dearly loved father of Jan, Sandy and Andrea, and father-in-law to Gilles and Michael. Beloved Papa to Emilie, Camilla and Tom; Justin and James; Charlotte, Amelia and Phoebe; and their partners. Papa Bryan to Harley, Bastien, Isabelle, Lily, Penny, Sienna and Oliver. Loving partner of Barbara.
Recognised by everyone as a true Gentleman, Bryan’s vision, wisdom and dedication made the Lodge at Dinner Plain a reality.
1925 – 2021
Clive had a life-long love of skiing and the Australian alpine regions, starting when he was at university in the 1940’s when there were only rudimentary lift systems for skiers, and provisions had to be carried into many Australian resorts on horseback. Clive and his wife Elspeth joined the AAC in the 1970’s and were among the original members of the Club. He and his family stayed at the AAC for many winter skiing holidays and also spent time at Falls Creek during Easter and summer breaks for hiking and bushwalking.
Clive and Elspeth enjoyed the friendships they made through the AAC with families such as the Camerons, Marshalls and Pitts.
Clive is survived by Elspeth and his children John, Katrina, and Andrew who are all members of AAC.
1929 – 2022
Critical to the establishment of the AAC Falls Creek Lodge, Don was one of five people who provided a personal bank guarantee to shore up the funding which enabled the construction of the Lodge we now have at Falls Creek, which was built in 1970. At that same time, Don joined up his three children Lynne, John and Jenny to help with the funding, despite them having never skied.
Don passed his membership onto his granddaughter, Mel who remains a Member of AAC Falls Creek today.
- Last Updated: 14 June 2023 14 June 2023
It certainly was the greatest Season Opening ever. With almost a metre of snow on the ground and so much terrain open, you could have been excused for thinking it was late July or early August! The Mountain did a great job with grooming and opening up as much terrain as its staffing allowed, providing acres of pristine fresh runs for everyone to get their snow legs back into action.
Unsurprisingly, with so much snow on the ground and a long weekend off work, we had pretty much all rooms taken up at the Lodge. It was great to see so many happy smiling faces at the Lodge, the atmosphere was super friendly and everyone had a great time. It was also great to see some of the younger Members and their Guests enjoying themselves, continuing on the tradition of their parents when they were younger!
Here are some photos of everyone enjoying their Saturday night at the Lodge!
- Last Updated: 14 June 2023 14 June 2023
In preparation for what will hopefully be a bumper season for our Club, an enthusiastic group of volunteers descended on the Lodge at the end of April to get it ready for Opening Weekend.
With a long list of things to attend to, everyone was kept busy across the weekend with the all the usual tasks but also some new ones. For instance, the WiFi reception in Rooms 13 and 14 should just about be the best in the Lodge after Brian's handiwork in the ceilings above, and, if you've ever wondered how the fly screens on rooms 13 and 14 get put in place, just ask Risty about his absailing prowess!
Here are just a few pics of what was happening.
Thanks everyone for all their hard work!
- Last Updated: 30 May 2022 30 May 2022
Notice is given that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of AAC Falls Creek Inc will be held:
DATE: Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
VENUE: via Zoom videoconference and at Royal Brighton Yacht Club (253 St. Kilda Street, Brighton)
TIME: 7:30 pm - Annual General Meeting to commence
RSVP by 8 May 2022 is essential
- Receive and adopt the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
- Business arising from the Minutes
- Receive and adopt the Committee's Reports
- Receive and adopt the Profit And Loss Account and Balance Sheet as at 31 December 2021
- Proposed New Annual Subscription & Levy for 2023
- Receive and adopt the Auditor's Report
- Appoint an Auditor for 2022
- Election of the Committee
- A.A.C. Business
- General Business
- Policy on forfeited debentures
Preparation and conduct of the meeting
- The meeting will be kept as succinct as possible. We also need to make voting as uncomplicated as possible, while ensuring that it is done faithfully.
- You are strongly encouraged to send any questions to the Chairperson by the same date. There will be an opportunity to submit some questions on the night but questions with notice will be more manageable with the technology.
- Voting may be a bit laborious. Please be patient if votes need to be counted.
For Zoom attendees
- Please prepare in advance. Install Zoom on your computer, tablet or phone and use Zoom’s facilities to test that your audio and video are working. If you have a headset with microphone, please use it to reduce background noise.
- Please keep your mic muted during the meeting unless the chairman recognises you to speak. The chairman or his assistant may mute you if necessary. We prefer having all cameras active during the meeting but you may be asked to “mute” cameras if there are difficulties.
For in person attendees
- Please wait to be recognised by the chair before you speak. You will need to use a microphone so that you can be clearly heard by zoom attendees.
Election of committee members
The committee recommends that a total of 9 committee members be elected (3 executive members plus 6 ordinary committee members). At the committee meeting after the AGM, the committee elects members to specific positions. If a ballot is required, ballot papers will be sent to you to return by 5pm Friday 13 May 2022.
At the time of this notice, all current committee members are intending to stand again this year, however some are considering retiring in 2023. Therefore the committee wishes to add 2 more members to ease the transition. While learning more about club operations, new committee members would be asked to assist in various administrative tasks and to help with coordination of lodge operations and maintenance. Meetings are held approximately monthly by Zoom. Please consider nominating and helping to keep the club running smoothly.
- Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting can be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/AGM2022/MinutesAGM2021.pdf
- Proxy Forms may be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/AGM2022/ProxyForm2022.pdf
- Nomination Forms may be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/AGM2022/NominationForm2022.pdf
- Financial reports (including Auditor's report) can be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/AGM2022/FinancialStatements.pdf
- Committee reports can be downloaded from aacfallscreek.com/pdf/AGM2022/CommitteeReports.pdf
Jenny Hughes (Secretary)
C/- ProAcct Advisors & Accountants Pty Ltd
PO Box 140 BALWYN VIC 3103
Phone: (03) 9880-9600
Fax: (03) 9880-9699
- Last Updated: 30 April 2022 30 April 2022
The Club is pleased to announce the appointment of new Lodge Managers, Jessica and Craig McAllister. Jessica and Craig and their family will be moving into the Lodge in the coming months to be ready for the start of the Winter season. Anyone at the Lodge over Easter may also see them as they will be visiting at that time. Welcome Jessica and Craig, we all look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
- Last Updated: 28 March 2022 28 March 2022
Continental breakfasts on Sundays
Last year this change was brought in to help cope with COVID cleaning obligations. COVID or not, the committee has decided to continue this. Peak season Sunday changeovers are always a challenge. Moving to contenental breakfasts on Sundays should allow rooms to be ready a little earlier.
The committee fervently hopes that 2022 can be a normal sesaon. However booking arrangements and services may change if the necessity arises. Please check the website regularly for updates
Booking System Facelift
The Booking System developer has given the booking system a bit of a facelift, mainly on the booking matrix screen. It looks a bit different but works in much the same way.
Small Screens (Tablets/Phones)
Historically, the booking matrix has not worked well on Tablet and Phone screens. There is now an alternative that should be automatically enabled on these devices but you can choose it on larger traditional screens too.
The button circled in red switches between the new small screen display and the full booking matrix. Once you have begun a booking it is best to stick with the format you have chosen.
The calendar buttons, circled in blue, help you specify the first and last nights of your booking. The X buttons circled in green let you clear a date to start again.
Use the checkboxes to select the beds. You can easily go to the Availability screen to check available beds and dates.
Once you use the Next button, the booking process is the same as if you started with the full booking matrix.
Exclusive Single Use Policy
There has been increasing interest in members being allowed to book a room for themselves without needing to share with another single. The 2021 AGM requested that the committee give consideration to making this possible. A singles booking policy must balance the needs of members who do not wish to share a room with the demand for beds from other members and the risk of diminished revenue to cover the Club's expenses.
A limited number of rooms will be made available for exclusive single use by singles: rooms 6, 7,8 and 11, but a maximum of 3 rooms at a time. In quieter times or if there are vacancies close to the intended time of stay, the Booking Officer may allow additional bookings for exclusive single use. Exclusive use by a single is only available to a member of AAC Falls Creek, for themself.
The fee to block out the room will be the same as the member's fee (i.e. as if paying for 2 members).
Unfortunately the booking system does not have the facility to smoothly automate exclusive use bookings. The Booking Officer will enable the policy where the system cannot.
This arrangement will be trialled in 2022. Hopefully this will give some welcome flexibility to Members who come alone to the Lodge, without unduly restricting the number of people who can enjoy the Lodge at popular times
For full details and instructions on how to make exclusive single use bookings, see the Exclusive Single Use booking policy
Booking into other AAC Lodges
You can now logon to Perisher as well as Anton and Dinner Plain booking systems using your AAC Falls Creek logon credentials. If you are booking for other members, they will need to first log on to the other Lodge to make sure that they will be recognised as members when you book for them.
EFT payment details
These will no longer appear on booking system invoices but you see them when you are logged in and about to pay for a booking.
Waitlisting rules are unchanged for 2022.
Notes from the last 2 years that may have been overlooked amid the COVID chaos
Payment must be made promptly:
Some Members have been quite slow to pay for bookings. In some cases bookings were cancelled very late, having never been paid for. The Booking Officer will now cancel bookings not paid for in the appropriate time. This is within 7 days for normal bookings and 1 day for approved waitlist requests.
Late season discount:
Stay at the Lodge during the last week of Victorian September/October School Holidays for a very special low rate.
Tighter enforcement of booking priority:
The long-standing booking rules state that only bookings for Members open on 1 February. Bookings for family of members must wait until 8 March and other guests until 15 March. Bookings for Members of other AAC lodges open on 1 March. To improve the enforcement of this rule, on any night a Member can only be booked into one bed in their own name. You can use the comment section of a booking to tell the Booking Officer if you intend booking for others as well.
Booking information for all AAC is online:
The booking information sheet has been replaced by web-based information. You can read this online or download it as a PDF, or just download selected sections. The Falls Creek specific information is also provided at aacfallscreek.com/book.html .
- Last Updated: 17 January 2022 17 January 2022
Check out this great YouTube video from Stephen Lane, an ambassador for 3 Peaks, a Sports Scientist and a well known ex top level Victorian cyclist. He is with Paul Van Der Ploeg, a Mt Beauty local who won a world championship MTB event and is an ambassador for Falls Creek (and lots of other things). Hopefully this inspires some of us to head up to Falls with the bikes and explore whatever takes your fancy! Remember the Lodge is open for bookings and apart from Peaks weekend (March 12/13), there's plenty of room at present. Enjoy!
from Stephen Lane - HPTek
- Last Updated: 22 December 2021 22 December 2021
With Summer officially only a few weeks away now, and travel restrictions to Regional Vitoria lifted, the conversation has quickly turned to "What's on this summer at Falls Creek"? Well, there's lots on!
Kicking things off is the 2021 Ignition MTB Festival from November 19 through to 21, which is also the same weekend that Falls Creek officially opens all the mountain bike trails for the season.The Falls Creek MTB Park offers 40km of trails to explore and and there are shuttles running throughout the summer to keep you heading downhill for longer.
Trails, Tales and Tucker occurs on selected dates between November until April. If you're up for a three kilometre walk along the Wallace’s Heritage Trail while listening to the stories of the characters, the myths and legends and how they have shaped the Bogong High Plains, then this will be right up your alley.
Once School Holidays commence, the Village will once again come to life with lots of kids activities and a chance for everyone to enjoy cycling, water sports, hiking and trail walking or just some peace and quite in the beautiful alpine surrounds.
Kicking off February is the Victorian Enduro Tour on 5-6 February 2022, which sees the village set as the stage for mountain bikers to show off their skills and speed through the village and on the high plains.
Something new for Falls Creek this summer will be the FEASTIVAL Falls Creek event, taking place on 18-20 February 2022. This event has been described as a lively mix of music, art, comedy and great food so keep an eye out on Falls Creek socials and their website as more details are released in due course. As part of FEASTIVAL, FCRM will be offering an 8-hour, free live music event in Slalom Plaza. This will showcase a collection of Australian artists, from major, international-touring headline acts, to local homegrown artists.
Probably the biggest alpine cycling event each Summer is the Peaks Challenge event, which will be held on (lucky) 13 March, 2022. With the Lodge all but full for this weekend, it's a great weekend for the Club and for Falls Creek alike.
Not to forget everyone's favourite event, the Falls Creek Long Lunch will be held on Friday 18 March. This event is a highlight on the Falls Creek social calendar, so to avoid disappointment make sure you book early if you want to attend.
To finish off the official events for Summer season is the Easter Festival which is always a favourite for kids and adults alike. With usually great weather and a fun atmosphere, Easter at Falls Creek is always a hit, so get in early and organise a group for next year.
What ever you choose to do at Falls Creek this summer, have a great time and remember to recommend our Lodge to your friends and family for somewhere to stay.
- Last Updated: 14 November 2021 14 November 2021
We are pleased to advise that Summer bookings are open and the Lodge will reopen from December 1, 2021.
UPDATE: The threshold where vaccinations are required is now12 years of age
With COVID restrictions lifting in line with vaccination targets being met and Melbourne exiting its lengthy lockdown, we expect travel to Alpine areas will be in high demand this Summer. Our desire to open up is strong, but we also need to keep in step with the Government's latest updates so things may change as we progress through Summer and into Winter. For opening up on December 1, the Committee has made the decision that all people aged 16 years and over staying in the Lodge will need to be double vaccinated. We expect regulations to continue to allow more people in the Lodge when everyone is vaccinated, so requiring full vaccination will maximise the number of people who can stay and help restore lost revenue from the past two years. As younger cohorts are able to be fully vaccinated, the committee will review the minimum age.
Proof of each person's double vaccination via their vaccination certificate may be requested when the booking is made. The QR code check-in at the Lodge will remain in place for summer. The Service Victoria App has now been updated to allow individuals to link their vaccination certificate with the App. When you do the QR check-in at the Lodge (and other premises on the mountain), your vaccination status will also be verified at that time if you have linked your certificate to the app. The Lodge Manager may also check for this verification.
So, if you're from Melbourne, or any area that has been under lockdown, why not recharge with some quality time with friends and family at Falls Creek this summer? Enjoy your stay!
- Last Updated: 21 November 2021 21 November 2021
The recent COVID restriction changes have brought the Lodge some good news, and some bad.
Who can come?
It's fantastic that Melbourne people can come to the lodge now, but very sad that many NSW people cannot. Wollongong and all of Greater Sydney have been declared Red Zones and no one from these areas may enter Victoria until advised otherwise. Please contact the booking officer as soon as possible if you or your guests have been in these areas.
Pre-visit COVID testing for Melbournians is still recommended, but no longer mandatory. Whilst not mandatory, if you can have a test done before arriving, it will be reassuring to Members and Guests that we are all doing our best to keep the Lodge COVID free.
For opening weekend, Resort Management advised that the Lodge capacity was limited to the private gathering cap. Now the capacity is limited instead by the 1 person per 4sqm rule. (Before the outbreak it was double this.) Although the Lodge is big enough to allow us to fill all the beds, the dining room and adjoining kitchen and mezzanine lounge are not big enough to allow everyone in that space at the same time.
To maximise the number of people who can stay at the Lodge, the Committee has decided to roster meal times rather than severely limit the number of people who can stay. We understand that this constraint may be very inconvenient but it is the best way to allow as many members as possible to enjoy the Lodge while the 4sqm rule is in place.
When there are more than 24 people booked into the Lodge, you will be assigned a time slot for breakfast and dinner. Other times of the day are less likely to be crowded so we ask that you just observe the capacity limit of 24.
|Meal||Session 1||Session 2|
You must not use the kitchen, dining room or mezzanine lounge during a session that you are not allocated. If you don't want to stay in your room, remember that the games room & TV room will be open, and the spa in the evening.
You can express a preference to the Booking Officer but if too many people want the same session, he will have the final say. Getting to morning lessons and feeding children will be considerations.
If you are coming at a time when rostering is in place, please keep to meals that can be easily and quickly prepared in that time frame. If you are in the 2nd session for dinner, you will not have access to the kitchen during the early session.
As previously advised, the additional cleaning requirements mean that in busy weeks, we cannot admit Sunday arrivals until Monday. This will take effect from Sunday 4 July. If your booking was set to start on a Sunday, you may not check in until 3pm Monday. If you drop off luggage or access the ski room prior to 3pm Monday, you must also sign-in using the government QR system and you must not come up the stairs.
Don't forget that you need to complete the Liability Waiver and Patron Health Accommodation Questionnaire for everyone in your party and return them to the Booking officer before departing for the Lodge.
Falls Creek Resort Management also requires you to purchase and print off resort entry permits/oversnow tickets, etc before arriving in the resort. The Howmans ticket box and the ATS will not be able to process these, at least until further notice. Keep an eye on the Falls Creek resort website for up to date information. Resort entry Season Pass holders must still register their visits at least 48 hours before arrival, but need not print out the permit (you still need to display your Season Pass on your windscreen).
Our full COVID Safe Plan is a rather bulky document that includes much material of little interest to most members and guests. A summary of our COVID Safe Plan has been published to more succinctly inform members and guests about how the lodge will operate. These documents will be revised in the next few days to reflect clarifications and new advice that is expected to come through. The table below summarises factors that may override the summary.
Keep up to date with the changes
The most up-to-date information will be published on the wesite at aacfallscreek.com. Be sure to check for the latest information.
Hopefully we will soon see the 2sqm rule reinstated and NSW hotspots cleared up.
Key settings from 25 June
People (over 12 years old) coming from "Melbourne Metro" are recommended to have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne.
Wollongong and all of Greater Sydney have been declared Red Zones and people who have been there recently may not enter Victoria.
|Meals rostered||When more than 24 people are staying at the lodge|
|Visitors||Not until restrictions ease|
|Bedrooms shared between bookings||Not until restrictions ease|
|Masks||Must be worn indoors unless eating, drinking or otherwise exempt|
|COVID cleaning surcharge||$5 per person per night|
|Sunday blockout||Will commence on Sunday 4 July. If your booking was to begin on a Sunday, do not come until Monday now.|
|Physical distancing||At least 1.5m where feasible|
|Density||1 person per 4sqm in all common areas|
Travelling from interstate?
- QR code check-in is mandatory at the Lodge and nearly everywhere on the mountain. This will be easiest if you install the Service Victoria app on your smart phone
- You will need an entry permit for Victoria. Unless you are coming from a hotspot, it is a formaility akin to checking-in in case they need to find you later. However, from Friday 25 June, all LGAs in Greater Sydney, and Wollongong LGA, have been declared as Red Zones and people who have been there are not permitted to enter Victoria.
- Check the border and quarantine rules for your State (and any States you will transit)
- Last Updated: 01 July 2021 01 July 2021