Dining upgrades for Falls Creek
MOUNTAIN dining is getting a major overhaul at Falls Creek, with popular eateries being revamped for the 2018 ski season. Traverse Alpine Group, the company behind the resort’s award-winning Astra Lodge, has taken over popular dining spots Cloud 9 and Frying Pan.
Both venues are being given a new lease on life and makeover, with Cloud 9 being turned into an upmarket bistro and Frying Pan being transformed into a barbecue and brewery.
The Cloud 9 makeover includes new food and beverage stations where skiers will be able to order woodfired pizzas and grab a coffee or hot chocolate without having to endure long queues. Hospitality Consultant Bruno Da Motta says the bistro set-up will reduce waiting times and help people get back onto the slopes quicker.
“People who know what they’re getting can actually just go straight to that station,” says Da Motta.
Visitors who enjoy long mountain lunches will still feel at home at Cloud 9, with new wood panelling, lighting and furniture creating a warm cosy atmosphere.
Frying Pan is also undergoing major changes. The pub-like venue is being converted into a barbecue restaurant and brewery where skiers can rest weary legs while enjoying the best craft beer from Victorian Alps brewers. The kitchen has also been opened up, so diners can watch the chefs in action as they cook a range of beef and lamb dishes over a woodfired grill.
The menu at Frying Pan will change daily, ensuring holidaymakers don’t get bored when eating on the slopes, while in three years’ time, the building will be knocked down for a fresh rebuild and brewing will start on-site.
In addition, Maggies will have a new menu with a focus on Asian fusion bowl food (think curries, laksa’s etc), and Dickie Knees will transform into a Taqueria this season.
The team behind Easy Eats have transformed Gateway into the new Brewhouse and will also have a new snack shack set up in Slalom Plaza.
Season 2018 will see a series of firsts including hosting the first Urban Slopestyle Invitational event through picturesque Falls Creek village in late August. Attracting some of the stars of the Winter Olympics and other crowd favourites, this event is sure to be a huge spectacle.
Falls Creek will also be launching a Ski & Snowboard Australia Slopestyle Futures Camp for up and coming freestylers mid-August. With the popularity of this discipline with the younger brigade, it will assist developing the next generation of slopestyle freestyle skiers and boarders.
There are a range of tailored program on the calendar this season including favourite Mim’s Women’s 3-5 day ski programs designed especially for women.
In late August two Canadian hall of fame instructors from SilverStar Mountain Resort, Norm Kreutz and Guy Paulson will return again to run high performance clinics.
For masters’ skiers, Falls Creek have partnered with Rossignol and will offer three day masters classes with the SilverStar legends for skiers over 50.
DINING: Cloud 9 will be one of many dining upgrades this winter.
TASTY: Changes to restaurant ownership will be welcomed at Falls Creek this season.
LEGENDS: Norm Kreutz leads a ski clinic and will be back again in 2018.