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Aug. 25, 2014, 3:07 p.m.
Falls Creek ski area

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Falls Creek, Australia

Australia is certainly not known for its ski scene, but Falls Creek, an Australian Alps resort in the northeastern corner of Victoria, is in full swing in June, July and August. Of the 92 runs here, one-quarter are marked for advanced skiers. The snow line starts about 3,000 feet above sea level; the top of the highest run in the area stands at about 6,000 feet.

The ski village at Falls Creek (5,200 feet elevation) is 220 miles from Melbourne, Australia's second most populous city. Although conditions here are not as attractive as, say, the steep slopes of the New Zealand Alps or the deep powder of the Chilean Andes, Falls Creek is extremely easy to access, and adding a ski session to a July vacation in scenic and attraction-filled Victoria is possible. Visitors will find the wintertime weather pleasantly cool, but hardly ever freezing, in the state's lower elevations.