Falls Creek public access road from Mt Beauty to open by late April

The landslide that cut off the main access to Falls Creek Village via the Bogong High Plains Road in October has been devastating for local business.

While skiers and snowboarders have feared the road would not be cleared in time for winter, the resort management board has today announced that it will be business as usual with public access to the resort direct from Mt Beauty opening by 25 th April 2023.

There will be single lane access well in time for the winter season and two lanes will be open by the peak season in late June.

This announcement follows the commitment from Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) that the access road will be open between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek by 25 April so pre-season preparations can commence.

Since taking over the management of the landslip recovery works Major Road Projects Victoria has carefully assessed the situation and have advised that they are now confident that it will be able to provide at least a single lane of access to through traffic by April 25, ahead of Winter.

Falls Creek Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Smythe, is delighted to be able to confirm that the 2023 winter season will be going ahead, as per usual.

“It has been a really frustrating summer, with a huge event calendar having to be cancelled, and many businesses and stakeholders again, losing income through no fault of their own. So we are really excited that the Bogong High Plains road will be open well in time for Winter 2023.

“Last year was a record season for visitation and we expect 2023 to match that, which is why our stakeholders continue to invest with new bars and restaurants set to debut this winter, a brand new magic carpet for tobogganing at the Windy Corner snowplay area, the return of Falls Creek Lift’s popular full day kids lessons program for both Snowclub and Junior Workshop, and we have one of the biggest winter event calendars to date, so this will be a season to remember.”

Winter 2023 will also see the completed phase 1 development of the popular Cloud 9 restaurant with an extension to the Mezzanine Level, meaning more seating throughout the restaurant. Traverse Alpine Group Proprietor Rosy Seaton is thrilled with the new development.

“Guests will notice a modern transformation and extension of the Cloud 9 kitchen, setting the scene for elevated food and beverage options for 2023.”

The Early Bird sale for resort entry season permits is now running until the end of March.

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