Din­ing up­grades for Falls Creek

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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.

UR­BAN SLOPESTYLE

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.

SKI PRO­GRAMS

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.

PHOTO: Char­lie Brown

DIN­ING: Cloud 9 will be one of many din­ing up­grades this win­ter.

PHOTO: As­tra Lodge.

TASTY: Changes to restau­rant own­er­ship will be wel­comed at Falls Creek this sea­son.

PHOTO: Falls Creek / Chris Hock­ing

LEG­ENDS: Norm Kreutz leads a ski clinic and will be back again in 2018.

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