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The History of Rock Creek Ski Club.

The Kosciuszko State Park Trust first met on 4 July 1944. Early in its life the New South Wales Tourist Bureau representative, Mr HJ Lamble drew attention to the need for a shelter for tourists between Hotel Kosciuszko and Betts camp, for people en route to Charlotte Pass and beyond.

On 7 January 1947 the Trust met and authorized work to proceed on huts at Rock Creek, Pounds Creek and Guthega. Rock Creek lodge construction proceeded. Sir Garfield Barwick was heavily involved in the design with the Trust’s supervisor Ray Ainsworth, and Jack Piazza (stone mason) and others were involved in the construction.

Rock Creek Hut was apparently the first major structure to be erected by the Koscuiuszko State Park Trust staff, and featured natural stone according to the Trust’s new design standards. It also incorporated the ingenious piped draft system, which was Sir Garfield Barwick’s idea.

On 4 May 1948 the New South Wales Tourist Bureau was authorized to rent the hut, presumably as shelter for tourists en route to the Charlotte Pass Chalet.

On 26 January 1949, Rock Creek Hut was destroyed by lightning. The Kosciuszko State Park Trust decided not to re-build the hut.

On 24 June 1949, the Kosciuszko State Park Trust refused an application by Snow Reveller’s’ Ski Club to rebuild the hut as a club lodge.

In 1958 two of the original members were taking shelter in the fireplace of the ruins and they discussed the possibility of rebuilding the hut as a ski lodge. An application was made to the Kosciuszko State Park Trust and in 1958 permission was granted to rebuild the lodge preserving the remains of the original hut.

A group of young men drove from Sydney to Perisher Valley nearly every weekend over the next two years slowly building the lodge.

At the time, the road from Canberra onwards was a dirt road thus making the journey long and dusty. All materials had to be brought from Sydney and transported by private vehicle to Perisher Valley.

In 1959 the hut became Rock Creek Ski Club – built on the original site, it has retained its unique and original features. It is a fully self contained private ski lodge which sleeps six people. The lodge has a small membership consisting of those who re-built the lodge and their children and grand children.

    

Rules

Terms and Conditions.

  • We welcome bookings from the public at any time of the year. Members can only book winter accommodation after the 1st April each year.
  • Rock Creek Ski Club is rented out for a maximum of six people staying overnight at any one time.
  • Public bookings require a 20% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking and is payable at the time of booking.
  • Full payment is required by 31st March of the year of your booking.
  • If a booking is made after 31st March, the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
  • A refund, less the non-refundable deposit, will be made if the booking is cancelled before the 30th April of the year of your booking.
  • Any cancellations after 30th April of the year of booking are non-refundable.
  • Members must pay the full accommodation rate at the time of booking.
  • Any damage to the lodge or any items in the lodge must be paid for.
  • Travel Insurance: we strongly recommend you insure against loss of deposit or monies paid in the event of having to cancel your reservation due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Internet bookings: You acknowledge that all accommodation advertisements and quotations and requests for reservations are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until a deposit is received.
  • The person making the booking will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions on behalf of all persons who will be staying at the lodge.
  • Payment is acknowledgement and acceptance of our terms and conditions.
  • Once a booking is confirmed no subsequent discounts or specials will apply.
  • Changes made to booking from shoulder to peak periods will incur a rate increase. Moving from peak to shoulder periods will continue at the original rate. All changes are subject to availability.
  • Parking: The National Parks and Wildlife Service does not allow overnight parking in Perisher Valley between 12 midnight and 7am. There is no overnight parking outside the lodge during the winter ski season. You may park outside the lodge at other times of the year.
  • During winter, free overnight and long-term parking is available at the Skitube located at Bullocks Flat.
  • Check in: time is from 10.00am. Should you choose to arrive before 10am you may leave your bags in the winter access, at your own risk, until the previous guests have left.
  • Check out: time is 10.00am. If you plan to stay for the day, you may leave your bags in the winter access, at your own risk.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or modify reservations where it appears that a customer has engaged or intends to engage in fraudulent, illegal or inappropriate activity or under other circumstances where it appears that the reservations contain or resulted from a mistake or error, or from an attempt to circumvent lodge policies, terms or conditions.
  • All prices and services are subject to change at the lodge’s absolute discretion. All prices include GST.

Rules

The following rules have been put in place to ensure the comfort of all guests.

  • The lodge sleeps only six people and is rented out on that basis. If more than six people stay in the lodge, they are in breech of the terms and conditions and will be fined the sum of $1,000 per night per person over the maximum of six persons.
  • Before you leave the lodge you need to:
  • Vacuum all the floors
  • Dust all surfaces in the bedrooms and main room
  • Mop the kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms
  • Ensure all kitchen items are clean and put away
  • Clean the family bathroom, extra toilet and kitchen
  • Clean the fridge, food storage and sweep out the drying cabinet
  • Make sure all the rubbish is in the correct rubbish bags (check signage within the lodge and make sure you are using the right bags)
  • Clean the fire place and put all the ash in the ash pit out the front of the lodge
  • Fold all blankets and doonas
  • Remove all food, please don’t leave it for the next guests
  • Close the front curtains as you leave
  • Do not move / remove any items in the lodge that are lodge property
  • If you find anything which does not work or you break anything, please advise the Booking Manager
  • In short, leave the lodge as you’d like to find it