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.