We're an Australian family with a passion for snowsports and nature. We love Valhalla Lodge, to us it's the right mix of modern and tradition. We believe we have a good understanding of what our guests are looking for in a ski lodge style holiday, after all we are past Valhalla guests ourselves.
As owners we are committed to upholding Valhalla's high standards. Being located high up in the Snowy Mountains, our lodge is subject to extreme weather conditions. We are fully committed to an annual out of ski season maintenance regime to keep our lodge in the best condition possible.
Each winter season we employ 5 fabulous live-in staff who are also passionate about snow and hospitality. Together with our onsite manager we continually assess our in house operations and the overall guest experience.
We love that we are located within Kosciuszko National Park with it's varying terrain, stunning beauty and abundant wildlife. We are committed to helping our lodge play it's part in reducing the impact of tourism within the park and have taken on many of the NPWS environmental suggestions. We are also active in the wider community, supporting many great causes, some of which are listed below.
We really hope our team can welcome you this season so Valhalla you can be your happy place too.... Marie, Kerri, Colin, Kylie and families.
Hosting is a traditional part of ski lodge style accommodation, but as usual, we do things a little differently at Valhalla. To offer you the best possible holiday experience, we choose to share the hosting between our experienced Lodge Manager, the owner family and our Lodge Staff. By having a variety of hosts you will be able to access a wider knowledge base with different perspectives. Some of us are skiers, some are boarders and some enjoy cross country skiing. When the family is in, we will typically join you for cheese platter, dinner and breakfast. Our staff are always approachable. Our hosting team will more than happily give you local advice on where to ski given the conditions presented on the day - just ask us! ..... Your 2019 hosts: Kai, Amanda, Ashley, Olivia, Sam, Kerri, Colin, Kylie and Marie.
Originally Valhalla was designed by Swedish Architects Urs Gauchat and Julius Bokor for Jean Findlay in 1963. Construction was completed in 1965. Jean held a 45 year lease on the land and operated Valhalla as a ski and horse riding lodge until 1973 when animals became prohibited in the park by National Parks and Wildlife. The horse stables were situated on the sight where "The Stables" are now, and through to the Nordic Shelter.
In 1975 Harold Droga purchased Valhalla as a private family residence. He was the mountain manager for Kerry Packer. Under National Park ruling, when Mr Droga departed the company it was reverted to a commercial lodge.
In 1985 Valhalla was sold at auction to the Ingham Family who transformed it into the luxury home-like lodge you see today.
In 2011 our family purchased Valhalla Lodge. As previous guests of Valhalla and with tradition in mind we have kept the successful formula to ensure that we continue to create the great holiday experience that Valhalla is renown for.
The Lodge continues to be lovingly maintained inside and out. We have completed several soft refurbishments over the past 6 off seasons including new beds, soft furnishings, windows, TV room refurbishment and fuel conversion of our boiler at the request of NPWS.
An image of Valhalla Lodge in its early days.
We are proud to have supported many big and small causes over the years. Most recently:
Learning Links, a not for profit organisation helping kids learn. Their mission is: To provide children and young people who have difficulties learning with the skills, services and family support that will enable them to realise their potential.
Starlight Children's Foundation in the Memory of Brianna Johnsen in order to help fund Captain Starlight's learning and development, so that more kids just like Brianna can experience the impact of this incredible program. With this legacy, Brianna’s memory will live on and she will continue to give to others just as she did in life.
Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation through the Highland Property Agent's event - "The Blue Lunch"
Australia's Biggest Business Morning Tea - raising funds for cancer.