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 looked after with several soft refurbishments over the past 6 off seasons including new beds, linen, curtains, blinds and windows. We have updated decor in guestrooms, the TV room and Dining Room. We have switched to a greener power by converting our burner from oil to gas and removing the oil tanks. Painting is undertaken regularly in the off season as required.
This season we have 4 fabulous staff members looking forward to welcoming you to Valhalla. Our experienced Lodge Manager, Kai, has been with Valhalla Lodge for more than 10 years. This will be the 5th season for our fabulous chef, Amanda, who changes up the menu each year to ensure we have lots of yummy variety. Bronte and Sam are new to our team this season but bring with them a wealth of hospitality experience. Back in Sydney we have family members Kylie and Kerri as our reservation team, and Colin as licensee.
"Kai and the rest of the staff were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble." Jez and Andrea
We are proud to have supported many big and small causes over the years. Some of our regulars include:
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 with the successful Highland Property Agents event - "The Blue Lunch"
2016 event raised $340,000
2015 event raised $221,228
2014 event raised $130,000
Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research - The Ingham Institute is a not-for-profit medical research organisation for Sydney's South West that undertakes medical research that specifically addresses, and can be applied to, the needs of the local population and wider Australia. The Institute covers several research areas, with a very strong focus on cancer.
Australia's Biggest Business Morning Tea - raising funds for cancer.
To offer you the best possible holiday experience, we choose to share the hosting at Valhalla between our experienced Lodge Manager, the owner families 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 the cheese platter, dinner and breakfast. Our staff are always approachable. They live here season after season and will give you the best advice on where to ski in the conditions presented on the day etc.
We're a family business that's focused on delivering exceptional holiday experiences for you, our guests. We love Valhalla, it's the right mix of modern and tradition. It's the lodge with heart. Being previous Valhalla guests ourselves, we have a good understanding of what our guests are looking for in a lodge style holiday. We have kept the successful formulas in place but have updated the guest areas and have strategically implemented minor improvements to lodge operations since we purchased Valhalla in 2011. We are committed to keeping the standards of the lodge especially with our maintenance regime given the extreme weather conditions, we continually assess our operations and the overall guest experience. We are active in the community, supporting many great causes, some of which are listed below.
Smaller than hotels, ski lodges typically have about 10 to 20 rooms. An alpine lodge experience is quite different to that of a hotel or apartment style holiday. Lodges are often hosted. The Lodge Host provides an invaluable source of information on the resort and the surrounding region. Unlike apartment style accommodation, there are no cooking facilities int he bedrooms. Instead hearty meals are prepared and served by the Lodge Cook and mealtimes are a relaxed, friendly and social experience. Lodges commonly include breakfast or half board (bed, breakfast and dinner) in their tariff.
Guest rooms tend to be comfortable and simple. Unlike a hotel, there are no televisions in the bedrooms, instead guests enjoy mingling in common rooms, sharing stories and drink at the end of the day. Sometimes like-minded guests will arrange to ski together during their stay.
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