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It all started in 1969 with a chance meeting
in a university cafeteria between a civil engineer and a construction
specialist both of whom were passionate about skiing – all
the ingredients for building a lodge in the snow … except
So they roped in a number of other similarly
passionate skiers who had decided living out the back of a station
wagon when going to the snow was becoming tiresome.
Davenport (Big D) 1970s
Together they were successful in obtaining a leasehold
in the premium Davenport sub-development and commenced building Wongungarra
Lodge on Boxing Day 1969 achieving a liveable state of completion before
the 1970 snow season. Of course back then there was only an old oil
heater in the basement with a central heating ‘chimney’
running up into the lounge area – there was no heating in the
bedrooms other than who you could find.
Original Wongungarra Lodge,
And so began the journey to build what is now one of
the premier lodges at Mt Hotham.
Along the way there have been many memorable moments,
from old Valliant’s and Kingswood’s bashing their way unceremoniously
through snow-drifts on the way up the muddy, narrow track that sometimes
passed as a road; to the legendary wild weekend rollicks (ask/bribe
some of the members for the stories).
But ultimately it was about the skiing. Check
out some of the photos around Mt Hotham in times gone by….
Davenport (Big D) poma in the 1970's
This is back before the comfort of chairlifts,
when T-bars were the latest, and Pomas were the norm.
poma (Heavenly Valley) =>
Another Poma, since replaced by the Heavenly
Valley chairlift. The poma line can still be seen today running
down the ridge line separating Slalom and Snake Gullys.
If you have some photo's you would like to contribute,
please contact us as we're building an archive section on the
Wongungarra Alpine Ski Club is a not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to promoting snow sports and the Mt Hotham alpine region.
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