Falls Creek VIC

A cozy village nestled amongst trees in the valley. Skiing home at the end of the day, or walking the snowy streets. In the summer of 2003, and again in the summer of 2005/06, the Victorian Alpine region was burnt by extensive bushfires. Whilst fire in the Australian bush is important for regeneration and few life, the Snow Gums surrounding Falls Creek remain lifeless ghosts. When the hills are covered in snow, this makes for a beautiful landscape.

A purple storm in the valley of burnt snow gum ghosts, Falls Creek, Victoria

A purple storm in the valley of burnt snow gum ghosts.

Light snow amongst the ferns along the winding foggy road up the mountain, Falls Creek, VictoriaA puddle in the black asphalt beside a pile of white snow, on quiet foggy day in the car park, Falls Creek, Victoria

Light snow amongst the ferns along the winding foggy road up the mountain; A puddle in the black asphalt beside a pile of white snow, on quiet foggy day in the Falls Creek car park.

A lone skier in red traverses through burnt snow gums across the top of the hill towards The Maze, Falls Creek, Victoria

A lone skier in red traverses through burnt snow gums across the top of the hill towards The Maze.

Four colourful snowboarders ride the chair over  frosty snowy snow gums on a cold morning, Falls Creek, VictoriaTwo skiers skiing between burnt snow gums in The Maze, down towards the foggy valley, Falls Creek, Victoria

Four colourful snowboarders ride the chair over  frosty snowy snow gums on a cold morning; Two skiers skiing between burnt snow gums in The Maze, down towards the foggy valley.

An illustrative warning sign on a difficult black run, Falls Creek, Victoria

An illustrative warning sign on a difficult black run.

Empty runs and a near empty chair on a new snow day at the Summit, the hillside a site of nothing but fresh white snow, Falls Creek, VictoriaFog in the valley of burnt snow gums, Falls Creek, Victoria

Empty runs and a near empty chair on a new snow day at the Summit, the hillside a site of nothing but fresh white snow; Fog in the valley of burnt snow gums.

A lone snowboarder rides the chair to the Summit, Falls Creek, Victoria

A lone snowboarder rides the chair to the Summit.

Twisted snow gum, burnt by fire and encrusted with frosty white snow, Falls Creek, VictoriaBranches of a pine tree laden with fresh white snow as it begins to get buried, Falls Creek, Victoria

Twisted snow gum, burnt by fire and encrusted with frosty white snow; Branches of a pine tree laden with fresh white snow as it begins to get buried.

A woman skis down through the village, Falls Creek, Victoria

A woman skis down through the village.

Snow settles all over this weatherboard house and the eucalyptus tree out the front, Falls Creek, VictoriaPlease leave your skis at the door, a pair on skis wait in the snow on the front porch beside a red front door, Falls Creek, Victoria

Snow settles all over this weatherboard house and the eucalyptus tree out the front; Please leave your skis at the door, a pair on skis wait in the snow on the front porch beside a red front door.

A grey four-wheel drive in the snow, ready for all conditions with skis on top and chains on the tyres, Falls Creek, VictoriaGoing home, stormy day, a snowboarder walks beneath the snowy eucalyptus trees through the village, Falls Creek, Victoria

A grey four-wheel drive in the snow, ready for all conditions with skis on top and chains on the tyres; Going home, stormy day, a snowboarder walks beneath the snowy eucalyptus trees through the village.

The distinctive Oversnow cat transportation through the village, with rental skis and snowboards on the back, Falls Creek, VictoriaA beginner skier in a Geelong beanie tries to ski down through the village streets, with difficulty, Falls Creek, Victoria

The distinctive Oversnow cat transportation through the village, with rental skis and snowboards on the back; A beginner skier in a Geelong beanie tries to ski down through the village streets, with difficulty.

A line of rental skis lean on the stone wall of the new ticket office, Falls Creek, VictoriaA lone couple ride Scotts Chair on a freezing morning as wind blasts snow in their faces, Falls Creek, Victoria

A line of rental skis lean on the stone wall of the new ticket office; A lone couple ride Scotts Chair on a freezing morning as wind blasts snow in their faces.

A lone black crow sits at the edge of the car park on a foggy day, the dark shape of  burnt snow gums forms a backdrop behind the bird, Falls Creek, Victoria

A lone black crow sits at the edge of the car park on a foggy day, the dark shape of  burnt snow gums forms a backdrop behind the bird.

Riding the chairlift on a day so dark and stormy it looks like night, the lights on the chairlift are switched on and the snowy world looks purple, Falls Creek, VictoriaLooking through scrubby dead snow gums covered in snow to the round hilltop, Falls Creek, Victoria

Riding the chairlift on a day so dark and stormy it looks like night, the lights on the chairlift are switched on and the snowy world looks purple; Looking through scrubby dead snow gums covered in snow to the round hilltop.

Layers of differently coloured eucalyptus trunks in the fog, and the green bush undergrowth with a light covering of snow, Falls Creek, Victoria

Layers of differently coloured eucalyptus trunks in the fog, and the green bush undergrowth with a light covering of snow.

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