Ski Clubs, Commercial Lodges, Hotels

Perisher Nov 2021


Since the beginnings of skiing in Australia the activity has been undertaken by like minded people as a social and recreational activity.  As time progressed, these groups formed themselves into clubs.  At first these were clubs did not have ski lodges or huts but either visited the snow areas as social groups to stay first in the commercial establishments such as the Kosciusko Hotel at Diggers Creek and The Kosciusko Chalet at Charlotte Pass.  As time moved on these clubs and groups looked to building their own places to stay in the snow and sought leases to build their own ski lodges or huts.

The ski clubs built in all four of the resort areas of Charlotte Pass, Guthega, Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes; these all fall within the region covered by the Perisher Historical Society (PHS).

PHS has undertaken a project to document each of these ski club buildings profiling for each their beginnings, those involved in the design and construction and later extension or enhancement that may have taken place.  This work is coordinated by PHS Committee Member Donald Johnston, a retired heritage architect, and is an enhancement to a work by Alistair Henchman and others.

From the initial foray of commercial development led by the NSW Government in the construction of the Kosciusko Hotel at Diggers Creek an array of facilities have been constructed. Below are listed the buildings constructed listed by ski resort or area – Charlotte Pass, Diggers Creek, Guthega, Perisher Valley, Sawpit Creek, Smiggin Holes and Wilsons Valley.  The listings for each of these is divided into Club Lodges, Commercial Accommodation, Apartments, Churches, Hotels, On-snow Facilities and Staff Accommodation/Administration.

The Perisher Historical Society is currently undertaking a project to update the Heritage Study and in due course this will be attached to listed buildings.

Charlotte Pass

Ski Clubs

Arlberg Lodge
Burrawong Lodge
Knockshannoch Ski Club
Kosciusko Alpine Club
Southern Alps – Charlotte Pass
Spencers Creek Lodge

Commecial Lodges

Alitji Alpine Lodge
Pygmy Possum
Stillwell Lodge
TarGanGil Ski Lodge


Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel


Charlotte Pass Administration Building
Charlotte Pass Staff Lodge

Diggers Creek

Commercial Accommodation

Hotel Kosciusko – Historical (destroyed by fire)
Sponars Chalet


Ski Clubs

Australian Ski Club
Blue Cow Ski Club
Guthega Ski Club
Illawong Ski Tourers – not in village
Jagungal – ACT Police Ski Club
Kyilla Lodge – Brindabella Ski Club
Snowy River – Doorack Ski Club
Tate Ski Club
Tiobunga Lodge – Brindabella Ski Club
Turnak Ski Club


Guthega Alpine Hotel

On Mountain Facilities

Burning Log Restaurant
Carpark Ski Centre

Perisher Valley

Ski Clubs

Alexandra Ski Club
Alpenhof – KAC Perisher
Aurora Ski Club
Australian Golf Ski Lodge
Avalanche Alpine Club
Beachcombers Alpine Retreat
Boonoona – City Tattersalls Club
Canberra Alpine Club
Christina Ski Club
Cooma Ski Club
Cowra Ski Club
Cronulla Alpine Club
CSIRO Ski Club
Dianella Ski Club
Dulmison Ski Club
Edelweiss Ski Club
Eremo Ski Club
Fjellheim Ski Lodge
Geebung Ski Club
Gunyah Ski Club
Highway Alpine Club
Hus-ski Lodge
Kahane Lodge – Southern Alps Ski Club
Kalymaro Lodge
Kandahar Ski Club
Karralika Ski Club
Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club
Kosciusko Snow Revellers Club
Kunapipi Ski Club
Ku-ring-gai Alpine Lodge
Lampada Ski Club
Langlauf Ski Club
Langlauf Ski Club
Maranatha Lodge – Thirroul Ski Club
Mawabu Ski Club
Merriment Alpine Club
Mirrabooka Ski Club
Mulubinba Lodge – Shortland Alpine Club
Narraburra Ski Club
Oldina Ski Club
Orana Ski Club
Parrawa Ski Club
Perisher Creek Lodge
Perisher Huette – Australian Alpine Club
Perisher Ski Patrol
RAN Ski Club
Redwood Ski Club
Rock Creek Ski Club
Rugby Ski Club
Snowgums Alpine Club
South Perisher Alpine Club
Sundowner Ski Club
Sydney Ski Club
Tambaroora Ski Club
Tarrawonga Alpine Club
Technology Ski Club
Telemark Ski Club
Trissana Ski Club
Ullr Ski Club
University Alpine Club
Waratah Ski Club
Warrugang Ski Club
Wirruna Ski Club
Yalara Ski Club
Yaraandoo Ski Club
Yeti Ski Club


Chez Jean Apartments
Main Range Huts
Salzburg Apartments
The Chalets @ 1750
The Stables

Commercial Lodges

Barina Milpara Alpine Lodge
Barrakee Ski Lodge
Ben Bullen Ski Lodge
Corroboree Lodge
Eiger Chalet
Kooloora Lodge – Harbord Diggers
Marritz Alpine Inn
Peer Gynt
Perisher View Motel – Historical (Removed)
Sonnenhof Chalet
Swagman Chalet
Valhalla Lodge
Willow Lodge


All Denominational Alpine Church
Roman Catholic Church – St John the Apostle


Man from Snowy River Hotel
Perisher Manor
Perisher Valley Hotel
Sundeck Hotel

Staff Accommodation


On Mountain Facilities & Services

Alpine Eyre Coffee Shop
Ambulance Station
Avalunch Cafe – Pretty Valley
Fire Station
Happy Valley Kiosk
Mid-station Restaurant
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Nordic Shelter
Perisher Chairlift & Restaurant
Perisher Ski Centre
Skitube Terminal
Sewage Treatment Works
Snow-making Facilities

Sawpit Creek

Commercial Lodge

Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat

Smiggin Holes

Ski Clubs

Apex Children’s Chalet “The Magic Castle”
Caloola Ski Club
Clancy Alpine Club
Gunuma Ski Club
Illawarra Alpine Club
Illoura Lodge Ski Club
IMBAC Alpine Club
Moerlina – Fellowship Ski Club
Muniong Ski Club
Snow Country Ski Club
Southern Cross Alpine Lodge
Wildspitze Ski Club
Windarra Ski Lodge

Commercial Accomodation

Heidi’s Chalet Pty Ltd
Lodge 21
Royal Coachman Ski Lodge
Smiggins Chalet Apartments
Smiggins Hotel
Smugglers Inn
Snow Bunny Lodge
Snowy Gums
The Lodge

Staff & Facilities

Lodge 29 – Staff
Numbananga – NPWS Staff
Perisher Workshop
Smiggins Ski Centre
Snowline Ski Centre
Snow Clearing Shed
Spruce Lodge – Staff
Willow Lodge – Staff

Wilsons Valley

Commercial Accommodation

Ski Rider Hotel Motel

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