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, linen, curtains, blinds, windows, TV room furniture and a conversion of our boiler operation system as requested by NPWS.
This season we have 4 - 5 fabulous staff members looking forward to welcoming you to Valhalla. Our experienced Lodge Manager, Kai, has been leading the Valhalla team for over 10 years. Returning with him are Bronte and our cook Amanda, who is back for her 5th season with us at Valhalla. We are happy to welcome new team member Tess this season.
"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 Agent's event - "The Blue Lunch"
2017 event raised $335,725
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 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. They live here season after season and will more than happily give you the best advice on where to ski given the conditions presented on the day - just ask them!
We're an Australian family that's focused on your holiday experience at Valhalla. We love Valhalla Lodge, to us it's the right mix of modern and tradition. 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 including very strong winds. We are fully committed to an annual out of ski season maintenance regime to keep our lodge in the best condition possible. 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, taking on board 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 hope to see you at Valhalla this season. Marie, Kerri, Colin, Kylie and families.
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