It’s your private playground, untouched and ungroomed Back tours are “all white”
SKIING with Steve Lee. It’s got a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Well at Falls Creek that opportunity arises twice a day, half-day tours with the legend of the resort, three-time Winter Olympian and one of only three Australians to have won at World Cup level.
Specially designed transports take skiers and boarders into Lee’s personnel playground – 450ha of ungroomed, untracked snow.
There are deep chutes worthy of a diamond black run and other secret hideaways that can provide an untouched playground to skiers of all abilities.
“If you are a strong intermediate, happy to go up and down Ruined Castle then you are going to have a pretty good day on one of our tours,” Lee said.
“There is plenty of variety out there – whether we are tackling Mt McKay or the Rocky Knolls.
“We put people into the terrain that bests suits them, it’s no fun for them, or us, if they don’t come away from the day talking up the experience.”
Lee, who these days shares his year between winters at Falls Creek and the Japanese resort of Hakuba, says the early snow falls didn’t really help his back country tours.
“We really only kicked into gear after that big dump a couple of weeks ago,” he said.
“We need the snow to be packed down and while the early snow was good for the groomed runs in the resort there really wasn’t the depth there to be confident of taking a group out on a tour.
“But we’re used to it – generally we are here from opening weekend and then we play the waiting game and go deep into spring.
“But those three days late in that week after that fall were among the best skiing I’ve done in Australia.”
Lee said it pays to plan ahead with his increasingly popular tours.
“We find that we book out pretty quick,” he said.
“We can take nine on a tour and with the snowmobiles and sleds we can get a couple of decent runs into the half day whether that be morning or afternoon.
“People generally book ahead and we work it all out – if for some reason we can’t get you out on that particular day we’ll make every effort to work it into one of the other days in your ski holiday.”
The back country tours leave from the top of the Eagle Chair in the morning and just after lunch and you’ll need a valid lift ticket.