Leg­end farewelled

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THE Falls Creek com­mu­nity has paid trib­ute to their friend and col­league Mike Clarke, who passed away sud­denly in late July, at the age of 44.

Mr Clarke was a leg­end at Falls Creek – he won the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship in Moguls at the 1989 World Cham­pi­onships in Sälen Swe­den, be­com­ing Aus­tralia’s first ever skiing world cham­pion in the process.

IN 1993, Mike was voted Best Skier by his peers at the Crested Butte Freeski­ing Ex­tremes in Colorado and was the stunt dou­ble for Jackie Chan in the Falls Creek scenes of the 1996 film First Strike.

In 2000, Mike was awarded an Aus­tralian Sports Medal by the Aus­tralian Gover­nor-Gen­eral.

Mike was also a gifted soft­ware devel­oper and web­site de­signer and many years ago he cre­ated Fall­sCreekWeather plat­form, which is still be­ing used on the moun­tain to­day.

Falls Creek Ski pa­trol use the sys­tem to en­ter snow depth and weather ob­ser­va­tions be­fore dawn ev­ery morn­ing and it’s the same sys­tem used by Moun­tain Oper­a­tions.

Snow­mak­ing teams use Fall­sCreekWeather to en­ter in­for­ma­tion about the snow they’ve made and the trails they have groomed overnight and it’s also the sys­tem Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Moun­tain Of­fice use ev­ery day to up­date lift sta­tus, ter­rain parks open, ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able and to make an- nounce­ments about changes in con­di­tions or oper­a­tions.

Fall­sCreekWeather plat­form also feeds all of Falls Creek’s in­for­ma­tion out to the Falls Creek app, to the ski­falls.com.au web­site, to fallscreek.com.au and to ev­ery weather site and snow re­port­ing por­tal that runs Falls Creek in­for­ma­tion.

Friends of Mike re­mem­bered and paid trib­ute to him by skiing to­gether in his mem­ory down Mike’s favourite old school bumps on the Sum­mit be­fore cel­e­brat­ing his life at a wake in the Fry­ing Pan on Au­gust 6.

A LEG­END OF THE SNOW: The Falls Creek com­mu­nity re­mem­bered Mike Clarke, de­scrib­ing him as a won­der­ful friend and skier.

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