Victoria’s favourite ski lodges
Lodges are a great option for cheap, family-friendly accommodation at the snow.
Alpine cosiness is a warm open fire, snow pattering on the window and a hot chocolate or gluhwein in hand. Throw in some conversation about the day’s skiing, and a hearty goulash dinner to come, and you could be at one of the laid-back, convivial ski lodges dotted through Australia’s alpine regions.
Despite a recent proliferation of high-end apartments, hotels and designer homes at Australian snow resorts, lodges are the stalwarts of our snow scene. They mostly popped up in the mountains in the 1950s and ’60s when like-minded people shared the excitement of establishing a base on the snowfields, and they have doggedly endured through the winters ever since.
The lodges’ long shelf life is probably due to their affordability and family friendliness, as well as being very social places where you meet other guests and amiable hosts.
Lodges generally fall into two categories: commercial and club. The commercial lodges are catered and vary in standards from luxury to basic and charge accordingly. The club lodges usually require a joining fee, an annual fee, a token nightly fee, and possibly participation in working bees.
At Falls Creek, Diana Lodge (commercial) charges about $120 a night in low season, including breakfast and dinner, while a member of a self-catering club lodge may pay as little as $35 a night. But either way, it’s good value and smashes the perception that skiing is only for the elite.