Do you wanna build a snowman? Missed out on Christmas get togethers with families and friends? Come on up to Valhalla and explore the spectacular Snowy Mountains. Celebrate the warmth of winter with us; friendships, family, fun, festivities, feasting & warm mead by the fire!
"Yulefest was great......a night of feasting, laughing and drinking warm mead."..... Cherry L, June 2018
Yule is the coming together of family and friends, new and old. It's the traditional Viking celebration of winter and lighter days to come.
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Please note that menu may vary.
It's a magical time to stay, right when our landscape is transforming into a spectacular winter wonderland. The halls will be decked with Yuletide trimmings. Feast on a Viking Yule inspired delicious 3 course meal, with pre-dinner snacks and a glass of warm spiced mead (18yrs+). Try your hand at hnefatafl and other games, wish on our yule pine, take a rune reading or just sit back, glass in hand and enjoy the fun and festive atmosphere.
*Yule Dinners are served on select nights or by request.
Be spoilt by Valhalla's Chef Jennifer, with delicious 3 course gourmet dinners including entree, main and dessert.
Kids 11years and under eat at the early kids sitting, consisting of a kid friendly main and dessert.
You're on holidays! Start your day right with a hearty hot breakfast, cooked to order. Try Chef Jennifer's special of the day, or her home made granola, with a side of fresh fruit, topped with yoghurt, followed by eggs your way. Plunger coffee, juice and tea included. Specialty coffees available at an additional cost, we serve Perisher local, Brunelli's United Coffee. Yum!
Each afternoon at 5:30pm, enjoy chef choice après snacks in the lounge, by the fire. Help yourself to tea and coffee. Drinks are available at an additional cost.
In the warmth of our cosy lodge, overlooking stunning mountain views and spectacular sunsets, sip mountain cocktails, taste warm spiced mead, local craft beers, wines or schnapps. Taste a range of regional drinks with one of our new tasting shields.
Get out and explore Perisher Valley. There are many places to stop and enjoy a warm drink and a lazy lunch. Ask your lodge managers for their recommendations.
All rooms have a king bed or 2 x twin beds, an ensuite, wardrobe, central heating and opening windows. Being lodge style, there are no minibars or tvs in our bedrooms.
Arrival and departure oversnow transfers included between Perisher Valley Skitube Terminal and Valhalla Lodge.
Afternoon oversnow transfers included between 3:30pm - 5:30pm on non-arrival and non-departure days.
A new addition to our lodge last year, our table tennis table has been a huge HIT! We'll supply you with a set of bats and balls for use during your stay.
We have a great range of board games, books and puzzles for you to enjoy at the lodge, including some indoor and outdoor games and the viking game hneafatafl.
Walk through snowgums, past flowing creeks and immerse yourself in our natural playground.
All walking trails are free to access however depending upon snow coverage, some may be snow covered. Waterproof hiking shoes are highly recommended. Snowshoes may be required.
Guided walks are available through our local partners.
No experience necessary! Set out on foot and explore our winter wonderland via the marked snowshoe trails.
Explore at your own leisure or book a full or half day guided adventure. Your guide will take you on exciting adventures, out beyond the resort the boundaries.
New this season: Enjoy a magical sunset snowshoe tour, weaving through snowgums and with the use of head torches, returning under the moonlit stars.
Snowshoes can be hired in Perisher Valley with Wilderness Sports.
Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels and snow sculptures. Play snow games go tobogganing. Dig, build, throw, slide.
Note snow coverage is unpredictable and is subject to Mother Nature.
No Lift tickets, no queues! Just kilometres of trails to explore!
XC is a versatile sport, it’s exercising with low impact to the body and environment. You can make it as enjoyable or challenging as you wish.
Book lessons to learn the techniques to get you out and about exploring on the XC trails.
Ski hire is available at Perisher Valley with Wilderness Sports.
No lift tickets required, experienced guides will take you out beyond the resort boundaries on a wonderful ski touring adventure. Pre-booking essential
Venture out beyond the resort boundaries on a guided skiing or boarding adventure. No lift tickets required.
You will require lift tickets to ski or snowboard at Perisher Resort. Lessons and hire are available on mountain. Pre-booking is essential.
Valhalla Lodge is typically snowbound in snow season from June Long Weekend*. NPWS close road access and car park becomes day parking only. All guests will need to arrive in Perisher Valley by skitube or private transfer/shuttle.
*Note: roads may be open for June Long Weekend with limited parking permitted at the lodge, however this will not be confirmed by NPWS until conditions have been assessed.
If you would like exclusive use of lodge for your group, we're more than happy to tailor our packages to your groups needs. Special Yule Dinner dates can be added for your group. We can also help you organise day tours, activities and transport. Please contact us for more information for your Yulefest Snowy Mountains winter getaway.
Soar over Australia's highest mountain peaks and our magical snowy winter wonderland with Snowy Mountains Helicopters.
Note: Flights are from Jindabyne Airport.
Vikings liked to party, celebrations included days of feasting and drinking. Because it was so cold outside and the sea was not safe for sailing, winter activities would be mostly indoor. Yule offered a rare chance in the cold winter months for large gatherings, for competitions and games and for making plans for summer.
Vikings used skis, sledges and skates to get about in winter. Skiing was a very significant means of travelling, transport and hunting in the Viking Age.
Decorating evergreen trees was a Viking ritual. The evergreen trees of the Scandinavian forests represented the promise of life even in the middle of winter. All other plants appeared dead but the evergreen still looked full of life, a seed to begin the new cycle symbolising the continuity of life.
A Yule log was set alight on Winter Solstice and burned down over many days until nothing but a small piece remained. This small piece was kept to be used as the lighter for the following year's Yule fire.
Holly leaves and berries would be used to make circular wreaths or Wheels of the Sun. They would be used to decorate houses and sometimes burnt and rolled down a hill. It was a promise of warmer days to come. A representation of the continuation of life and that winter flows into summer and back into winter again.
Midwinter is traditionally a time of feasting. History shows us that the Vikings enjoyed a midwinter celebration, giving thanks to Mother earth and the rebirth of the sun. The Feast of Juule was mainly centred around the Winter Solstice.
Winter Solstice is the shortest day in the year and marks the rebirth of the sun (new solar year). Days gradually become longer and nights become shorter. It was a time to count blessings from the previous year and encourage hope and prosperity in the new solar year.
It was believed that the last sheaf of harvested corn contained the power of that year's harvest. This cut of grain was made into a festive goat for Yuletide to keep the evil spirits at bay. Many different stories have evolved regarding the Julebukk (Yule Goat) with its' role seeming to change over the years.