News Archive 


 Last updated January 2021


Please see below some important information from the Board around the impacts of Covid-19 on the Club’s operations.


  1. SCSC Winter Season Lodge Bookings


As advised recently, lodge accommodation bookings for the 2020 Winter season were due to open from 30/3/20.

In light of the evolving coronavirus situation, and the uncertainty around increasing govt restrictions relating to the control of Covid-19, the Board has determined that it is appropriate to delay taking winter bookings until further notice.

This decision will reduce the Club’s costs and administration required in accepting bookings which may ultimately have to be returned to members should the ski season be impacted by Covid-19.

The next Board meeting is being held on April 20 and an update will be provided to members after this meeting via email and on our Members Facebook page.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor developments making decisions that adhere to government restrictions and consider any impacts on the health and safety of our Lodge Managers and members alike.

The most recent Perisher advice in relation to Covid-19 can be found here:


  1. Jindabyne Bookings – Apr/May

Jindabyne Lodge remains open for business at this stage and will continue to remain open while government restrictions around Covid-19 allow.

However, we will be introducing some new protocols around cleaning of the Lodge and we will work with Gudrun and Juergen to protect their health as the priority.

If you have been overseas recently, have flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with people who have coronavirus or have been diagnosed with Covid-19, you MUST NOT book at the Lodge until such time as you have been quarantined in line with govt regulations or are clear of the virus.

If you do attend the Lodge, we ask that you adhere to the ‘safe distancing’ guidelines that have been outlined by the government health authorities including staying 1.5 metres apart, not shaking hands or kissing other guests/managers and regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water.

With government advice being updated weekly, any changes to the above position will be communicated as soon as possible to members.

  1. Work Party – March 22 - postponed

The upcoming March work party has been postponed due to insufficient time to prepare for the additional measures required to combat the spread of Covid-19.

It is still our intention to hold a work party prior to the season opening on the basis that conditions allow us to do this safely.

We thank the 10 members who volunteered to assist with this weekend’s work party and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Given the amount of work that is required to be completed at the next work party, we will need a larger number of members volunteering to assist.

  1. Cancelled - Snow Country AGM – May 24

The SCSC AGM will be held on May 24 in Wollongong

At this stage we intend to hold the AGM on this date but will monitor the situation in coming weeks and make a decision in April as to whether the AGM goes ahead. Again we will communicate to members via email and our Members Facebook page.


The ski Season is still about 4 months away, however to get our Lodges in to shape we need to run a Work Party for the weekend of the 21st and 22nd March, 2020.

Dave Bartley will be conducting this years pre-season Work Parties and can be contacted on mobile 0437 608 838, or via email

here is a reasonable amount of work to be undertaken across this weekend. For those that may be new to work parties, but would like to consider attending the following may assist in helping you understand what takes place;                                                                                                                      

Fuel cost for attending and returning home and food costs are covered for the weekend.  Generally food is prepared during the work party weekend but for those who travel on Friday evening cost are reimbursed for your evening meal.  Just remember to keep your fuel and if travelling on the Friday, your evening your meal receipts. Accommodation is provided (No cost) between both lodges.

There is a variety of work, from cleaning, painting and some structural work on the decks, so if you have painting and or building experience your attendance will be greatly appreciated.

If you can attend or you have some questions, please contact Dave so he can coordinate the weekend and jobs that need to be covered.  If you have not transport, that generally can be covered with various members attending that can assist, thus the importance of logging you interest so transport and accommodation can be organised.

Here is the link to the November 2019 SCSC Newsletter


SCSC - End of Year Christmas Luncheon - Cancelled.

Unfortunately, due to the low number of members and guest attending this year’s function the event has been cancelled.

Although disappointing, the Board had to make a fiscally responsible decision, however we are planning to review the opportunity for a 2020 pre-season luncheon and presentation.

SCSC - End of Year Christmas Luncheon Flyer - Save the Date - 17 November 2019 Wollongong

Please view the attached flyer for all the details and payment options etc. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this years end of season Christmas Luncheon, for those that can’t attend wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

This years function will be held in Wollongong at;

City Beach Function Centre,

1 Marine Drive, Wollongong

17 November, 2019

12:30pm to 4:30pm

Important notice for all Smiggins Bowl Competitors
Registration for the Smiggins Bowl is now open for Snow Country competitors.

Click on the following link to register:

Registration closes on September 17. If you have any queries, please contact Robert Mcfaddenon 0476 142 629.


Our new Club Merchandise website is now up and running and awaiting your orders !

There’s a range of hoodies, t shirts, long sleeve shirts, beanies, fleeces and caps.

Follow the link below to view and order your gear.


The booking form for the Jindabyne Lodge for the Summer period is now available to download.

Here is the link to the August 2019 SCSC Newsletter.


Here is the link to the latest SCSC Newsletter, with information on the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM)on the 5 May, 2019 and two very important work parties on the 18-19 May and the 25-26 May 2019.


Hi everyone,

There will be two work party weekends held at our Smiggins Lodge in preparation for the upcoming winter season. The dates are:

MAY 18 & 19

MAY 25 & 26

There is a lot of work to be done with a list of the following jobs below:

- Painting
- Carpet cleaning
- Insulation of kitchen floor
- Installation of waste/bin container
- Vegetation removal
- General cleaning of the Lodge 

We need approx. 15 attendees at each work party and are particularly keen to hear from any tradespeople and generally 'handy' people in the Club to join us.

Accommodation will be provided with details to be confirmed nearer to the date.

Could you please reply via email or phone of your ability to attend to DAVID BARTLEY who is co-ordinating the work parties for us, listing which date(s) you are available.

M : 0437 608 838

Thanks in anticipation for your support of these work parties as we prepare the refurbished Smiggins Lodge for the upcoming season.

The SCSC AGM to be held at 10:30am on Sunday the 5th May 2019 at Georges River 16’ Sailing ClubSanoni Ave, Sandringham NSW 2219.

The information and documents for the meeting are able to be viewed on the following links.


SCSC Board Nomination Explanation

Directors Nomination Form

2018 AGM Minutes

Proposed Resolutions

Proxy Nomination Form

2018 Financial Statement


2019 Winter Season Bookings – OPENING 7pm Wednesday March 13

(Bookings received prior to 7pm will not be processed.)

Members Booking Period:  This year the following booking periods apply:

    • Mar 13 to Mar 26 : Bookings for members who are booking for their immediate family for a minimum of 7 consecutive days
    • Mar 27 to Apr 9 : All other member bookings (i.e. less than 7 days) for their immediate families
    • Apr 10 : Non-member bookings  

    Changes to Smiggins Bowl Bookings

    Please note, we will NOT be accepting bookings for the Smiggins Bowl weekend before June 1st. 

    The Bowl is scheduled by Vail/Perisher for Saturday, September 21. Both Lodges will be reserved for Bowl participants on Sept 20 and 21 but bookings will not be accepted before June

    A nominal accommodation charge will be placed on all participants bookings for the Smiggins Bowl weekend which will assist in covering the costs of operating the Lodges during this weekend. The charges for the Bowl weekend are as follows:

    Smiggins Bowl Accommodation Costs - 20/21 September

    • Smiggins: $30 per night ADULTS and $25 per CHILD
    • Jindabyne : $40 per room per night

      It is Snow Country’s turn to host the Smiggins Bowl in 2019, so we look forward to a big turnout of participants to see if we can bring home the Bowl this year !


2019 February update

Shortly, David Carr will send an email to the membership alerting them about the annual subscription notices and an update on the Smiggins Lodge refurbishment.    

Over the next few days you will receive two emails from Snow Country. If you haven’t received the emails by Wednesday please check your junk items / spam folder. If you have a new email address that hasn’t been advised to the Registrar, can you please let David Carr know asap.


The first email will have your log-in details to the new booking system. Your log-in will be your email address that Snow Country has registered on our system. You will also receive a password that you can change after your first login. You will use these details to log-in to the booking system and you can pay your invoice through our PayPal account.


The second email will have your an invoice attached outlining the subs due. This invoice will contain a link to the new booking system payment portal. Alternatively, go to Snow Country’s website and you will find a link to the payment portal. You can also pay via Direct Debit to the account shown on the invoice or by cheque.


The December 2018 Snow Country Snippets is now available to download here


The October 2018 Snow Country Snippets is now available to download here. The SCSC End of Season Celebration flyer is include in this.

The August 2018 Snow Country Snippets is now available to download here


Your Board is pleased to announce the conducting of the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), that is to be held at 11 am on Sunday the 6th May 2018, at the Illawarra Leagues Club,located at 97-99 Church St, Wollongong.


There will be a Work Party for the Smiggins Lodge on the weekend of April 28 & 29. Please contact David Bartley on 0437 608 838 or email to

The 2018 Ski Season booking forms are now available on the website.

 Member bookings will open March 19 for both Jindabyne and Smiggins Lodges


o   Mar 19 – April 2: Weekly member bookings only - min. 7 nights.


o   Apr 2 :  All other member bookings open.


o    Apr 16 : Non-member bookings open.


Junior Development Program (JDP) Policy & Expressions of Interest Form 2018 -

Click here to download

Snow Country Snippets - February 2018 - Click here to download

Here is the link to the Invitation to this years End of Season Celebration Luncheon


Which is to be held at the LAGOON RESTAURANT,  North Wollongong


On Sunday 12th November,  12.30 – 4.30pm.


The Board looks forward to welcoming you to the luncheon, and asks that you please  return your completed acceptance slip to Karen Lyth as soon as is possible.

Here is a link to the latest info on upcoming Smiggins Bowl from our Club Captain Sue McEvoy



Season update from the SCSC Board - click here


With thanks again to Giselle Budd, click here for the August Club News Letter.

The Jindabyne Lake Lodge booking form for Summer 2018- 2018 is now available to download.

Dinner time at the Smiggins Lodge has now changed to 6.30pm.

Perisher X-Country (PXC), KAC and Wilderness Sports Perisher have
collaborated, with the support of SLOPES, to provide Experience Cross Country Skiing Fridays for “lodgeys” and other local residents - click here for further information.

The link to book lessons and equipment (if required) is:

Click here for the July Club News Letter.

The Annual General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club will be held at the Georges River 16'Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Point NSW on Saturday 27th May 2018, at 4.00pm

The Board looks forward to a good attendance of members, and we hope you can come.


Again with many thanks to Megan Brannon, we are pleased to be able to send you our First Newsletter for 2018.

Please remember that if you have any news item or photos you would like to share with all members of our club, just send them to Megan at for inclusion in a future newsletter.

Our next Smiggins Lodge Workparty is scheduled for the weekend 6th and 7th May 2018
Participants will be staying at the Smiggins Lodge, and are able to take up accommodation on Friday 5th.
For more information, please call David Bartley on 0437 608 838

The 2018 Ski Season Booking forms are now available on the respective lodge web pages.

Please note that Bookings open 7 pm March 1 for Members and 7 pm April 3 for Members' Guests.


Update to JDP POLICY & EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FORM 2018 can be accessed here.

Link to the December 2016 Newsletter

Link to the Club’s Junior Development Program (JDP) Policy Document and Expressions of Interest FormMemberForms/NU SCSC Policy Application for JDP 2018 issue update.pdf for members desirous of enrolling their child/children into the program in the 2018 winter season.

2017 News


2016 News


Link to the October 2016 Newsletter

Link to the September 2016 Newsletter

The End of Ski Season Celebration - Lunch at the Lagoon Restaurant - North Wollongong.

Download the invitation here.


The booking form for the Summer 2016 - 2017 season at the Jindabyne Lodge is now available.

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club, at Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Sandringham on Sunday 16th October at 3.00pm.

The notification for the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of Snow Country Ski Club can be downloaded here.

The EGM Proxy Nomination and Voting Form can be downloaded here.


July 2016 newsletter and President's Report for 2105 for downloading.

Link to the Third Newsletter for 2016.

Link to the President's Report for 2015

Link to Smiggins Lodge Building Review



David Bartley indicates that he requires THREE additional strong male helpers to assist in getting the Oven back into our Smiggins Lodge next weekend.

The reinstallation of the oven is the prime task on this next ( and last ) workparty before the winter season, and even if you can only provide assistance for Saturday 14th May, then that would enable David to complete the heavy work to move the oven back into the lodge for physical gas fitting and electrical setup by tradesmen on the Sunday..

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Snow Country Ski Club is to be held as follows:

When: Saturday 28 May 2016
Time: 4pm
Where: Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue,Sandringham NSW


Here are the links for the Second Newsletter for 2016.

and the link for the First Newsletter of 2016.


Booking forms for the 2016 Winter Season are now available for downloading.


SMIGGINS LODGE - WORK PARTY - Saturday / Sunday 20 / 21 February

Club Director David Bartley is co-ordinating the work for the weekend, and if you would like to help and to join a happy group of club friends while working to get our Lodge ready for the upcoming winter season, please inform David Bartley by email ( ) of your desire to attend.

Here is the link for the Final Newsletter from 2015.

Again with 'Many, many thanks' to Meg Brannon, we are able to send you
Club News Letter Number 7 ( The final one for 2015 ).

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish you a a wonderful Christmas and
a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year.


Here is the link for the Building Report presented at 2015 AGM


Here is the link for the sixth Newsletter for 2015.

2015 News



The Snow Country’s end of year Pre Christmas function which is being held at The Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Avenue, Dolls Pointon Sunday 22nd November 2015.

We would love to see you and your family on the day, and would appreciate if you can advise Karen Lyth of your ability to attend by 6th Nov.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Snow Country Ski Club

David E Carr – Vice President

Download the invitation here.

Here is the link for the fifth Newsletter for 2015.

Snow Country - Club Branded Hoodies and T’Shirts.

As mentioned in this Newsletter, we have had club member assistance in being able to source these at good prices.

A sizing selection list and order form can be downloaded here and with a view of being able to have the merchandise available for you very soon (and definitely before the September Smiggins Bowl weekend ).

It is asked, that if you would like to place an order in this production run, that your order form be received by Karen Lyth, by latest Monday August 24th.


Bookings are now being taken for Jindabyne Lodge for the period of October 2015 through to the start of the 2016 Winter Ski Season.

Here is the link to the Booking Form.

Here is the link for the President’s Report for 2014

Here is the link for the Building Report presented at 2015 AGM

Here is the link for the third Newsletter for 2015.


Notice is hereby given of the Snow Country Ski Club Annual General Meeting.
The date, start time and venue are as follows :

When: Saturday 23 May 2015
Time: 4pm
Where: St George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Highway, Kogarah.

All members are cordially invited to attend.

Correspondence, including apologies, may be mailed or emailed to the Secretary:
By Post: PO Box 664 West Ryde NSW 1685

Tea and coffee will be provided.


2014 News

Again with much appreciation we thank Meg Brannon for her latest Newsletter, which is -linked here.

To everyone in Snow Country Ski Club and their families, the SCSC Board of Directors wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year and look forward to a great snow season in 2015.

Download the Annual End of Ski Season Luncheon Invitation

Click on the Newsletter # 6 to see the latest club Info.

Are you interested in membership to a vibrant snow sports club? Information on membership can be found here in the New Membership Pack

Aug 4 - Again with big thanks to Megan Brannon, we send you Club News Letter No 5, for 2014.

Newsletter No. 5

The Winter Season has been fantastic and we hope you have all been able to enjoy the snow and the comforts of either the Smiggins or Jindabyne Lodges.

June 14 - There are changes in the days and times that phone contact can be made with Karen Lyth, our Smiggins Lodge Booking Officer.

The new phone number is : 0438 880 491 and new times are now : TUESDAY thru FRIDAY 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Outside these hours, please leave a message…….

The SCSC AGM venue has changed to :

The George’s River 16’Sailing Club, Sanoni Street, Sandringham

( i.e. The same place where we have held our annual Pre-Christmas Luncheon function for the past 3 years )

The Date is still set for : Saturday 24th May 2014. The Time is set for : 4.00pm

At the conclusion of the AGM, our members are invited to stay for drinks and dinner ( at you own expense ) in either the Sailing Club’s Brasserie or A la Carte Dining Room.

Click here to download the invitation.

2013 News

Club Member of the Year
Congratulations to Della Whitton who is our 2013 Club Member of the Year. Over the past four years, culminating in 2013, Della has been the driving force behind a better understanding of the Club’s financial position and the timeliness and accuracy of the Clubs reporting.
Congratulations Della and thanks for all of your hard work.

Jindabyne News - New Lodge Manager
We extend a warm welcome to Helen Waite who has been appointed as Jindabyne Lodge
manager and booking officer. Helen is a Jindabyne local, who lives with Darren her husband
and children, and starts in mid December.

As mentioned last newsletter, Helen takes over from Christine Hornig who has moved to
Canberra. We again thank Christine for her significant contribution to the running of the
Jindabyne Lodge and wish her all the best for her future in Canberra.

Smiggins News
We also welcome back Gudrun and Juergen for another season at Smiggins in 2014.
Juergen advises that he is well on the road to recovery from his major leg injury incurred last
season - Ja, Ja, Ja !

As this year’s Snow Season is now over, it is time to consider joining us at our upcoming Pre-Christmas Luncheon function which is this year again being held at the Georges River 16’Sailing Club, Dolls Point, on Sunday 24th November ( 12 Noon to 5.00pm ).

Here is the link to the invitation. We would appreciate if you could provide your acceptances to Jill Ward, by Monday 4th November, so our booking numbers can be finalised with the Sailing Club in good time for the day.



2013 Smiggins Bowl - calling all COMPETITORS AND HELPERS !
Snow Country Ski Club is hosting the Smiggins Bowl races on the weekend of September 14 and 15.

This is a call out to all people staying in Smiggins and Jindabyne on the Bowl weekend to pitch in and help make the event a success, and reflect well on our Club as this year’s hosts. We will need people to assist in the coordination of the event as well as competing in the racing, so if you’re in the mountains, please ensure you get involved.

The contact person for the Smiggins Bowl is Jim Isabella on mobile number 0416 264969.



Some photos from Craig Pusell of their recent stay last August at Jindabyne.Thanks Chantel and Rodney Pusell for inviting Nina and Craig


"Thanks Chantel and Rodney Pusell for inviting Nina and Craig - Great fun with family and Lovely Thai Girlfriend Nina."


Click here to download the May Newsletter

or the June Newsletter.

Click here to see photos from the May 2013 Workparty.

Below are some photos of the work carried out at our Smiggins Lodge by the workparty crew.

Foyer area.

Another view of the Foyer area.

Bathroom cubicles.

More of the Bathrooms


Click on the link to view some more photos from the 2012 Smiggins Bowl

Smiggins Lodge Bed and Jindabyne Lodge Room vacancies for the 2013 Ski season are now available on the side menu links.

Latest photos from last weekend workparties at Smiggins & Jindabyne Lodges.

An easy way to remove the debris!


Gosh - Smiggins Bathrooms with a bit to do before the ski season starts. Sign up for a work party now!


Is this the lodge foyer entry where we once put our ski boots on?


Robyn Carr our seamstress repairing hems on the Top Unit Curtains at Jindabyne.


Sorry boys, I can't stay I have to paint - says David E.



Sebastian Marsden up the ladder.



February 2013 Newsletter - Click Here


News Items

Below, you can view the recent photos of work party progress on the Jindabyne Lodge.

These show the latest status of the new Units 9 and 10, Main Room, Kitchenette and Bathrooms, and they are looking good.



Photos courtesy of Andrew Waugh.

Photos of thre newly tiled and refurbished Lake Lodge Kitchen.



Updated The SCSC Policy and Application Form for the 2013 Junior Development Program are now able to be downloaded. Please note that applications close March 15.

2012 News

Christmas and New Year's time at the Lake Lodge - Jindabyne.


Club members Ian Woods and Laurie Ward playing Boccia on New Year's Eve.

Xmas at Lake Lodge.



The newly tiled and painted Laundry and Pantry at the Lake Lodge - Jindabyne.

Our newly tiled and painted Laundry and Pantry at the Lake Lodge.




Smiggins Holes June long weekend 2010

Cesia & George Holowinski


The AGM had previously been advertised as Saturday 17 April 2010. Due to extenuating circumstances we have needed to postpone the meeting to Thursday 27 May 2010. Details of the AGM together with the appropriate documentation will be sent to each member over the next week.

We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience it has caused.

Member Bookings at Smiggins Holes

Please note that the period of SCSC member bookings only at the Smiggins Holes lodge extends to 18 April 2010. After this date, bookings are also open to non-members. Members are encouraged to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Work Party

The final work party before the winter season has been rescheduled to 4 – 6 June 2010. Jobs to be done include cleaning, gardening and replacement of decking at Jindabyne. It would be great to have as many members as possible help out at this work party.


SCSC Member Richard Waller and his wife Clare are now the proud parents of a son who was born on 24th February 2010 at Figtree Private Hospital, Wollongong. He will be named Cooper James and is a little brother to Isabella Bridget who is now 6 years. Skiers of the future??

Robyne Waller (proud grandmother)

Junior Development Program 2010 Information Pack

Jindabyne and Smiggins Lodge booking form has been updated - Click in the relevant lodge links.

Smiggins Bowl Update. Great news - Snow Country Ski Club cleans up!

Snow Country won:

The Smiggins Bowl, The Smiggins Snowboarding Cup, The Bowl Slalom and Giant Slalom Shields, The Men's GS Shield, and The Smiggins Shield (overall combined).

Well done to all those who competed and and thanks to those who helped out on the day.

Welcome to our new Jindabyne Lodge Management Team

The Club would like to extend a warm welcome to Christine Hornig, our new Lake Lodge Manager at Jindabyne. Christine is an avid skier, who has lived in the local area for a number of years. Members will benefit from her love and knowledge of Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountain region. Christine can be contacted during day-time hours on 0424 736 679.

Christine is joined in managing the Jindabyne Lodge by Sebastian Marsden, who has volunteered to provide overnight live-in Lodge supervision during the snow season. A Club member since childhood, Sebastian is known to many members for his skiing prowess and his keen sense of humour. Phone him on 0417 497 952 for any after hours Lodge matters.

The Club would also like to say a fond farewell to Gerry Kerr, the retiring Jindabyne Lodge Manager. We would like to thank her for her enthusiasm and management of the Jindabyne Lodge over the past five years and wish her well in her new endeavors.


Photos of the Smiggins Lodge on the June 2009 long weekend.



Last Updated - Feb 22, 2010

Building works

We are pleased to advise that at this stage, the building works are on track to finish by the end of next week (29 May) at both lodges.

Working Bee

Next weekend, 29 – 31 May, we will be holding a working bee at both lodges. If you think you could make it, please contact Gavin Boyd on 0431 496 721 or

June Long weekend

The Board has decided to offer a 25% booking discount on all bookings at the Jindabyne Lodge over the June Long weekend. Being the first weekend of the season, lots of activity is planned in the mountains including The Snowy Mountains of Music Festival.



A regular email update outlining the activities of the Snow Country Ski Club Co-operative Ltd - SCSC News, that replaces the existing newsletter that has faithfully been produced over the last few years, has been emailed to members who previously supplied email addresses. This email will be posted to those members who do not have access to email. If wish to obtain SCSC News by email in the future



An application and policy document for the Junior Training Program can be downloaded for all those who are interested. Applications close 27 February 2009.

The Jindabyne Lodge was awash with members and guests during the Christmas / New Year week.

Activities, including, bush walking, trout fishing, golf, cycling and just relaxing were thoroughly enjoyed.

The weather was magic: not too hot, not too cold. Flies and bitey creatures were few and far between.


Many thanks to Jill and Laurie Ward for their excellent work over 2008 on the gardens at the Jindabyne lodge.

The rockeries are weed-free and the new plantings are coming along nicely.

August 2008


Provided by Bert Sheridan


Snow Country competed in the 37th anniversary year KAC Cross Country Classic on August 13, 2008.

The 11 member team, consisting of seasoned competitors with a sprinkling of unknown talents, were Phil Bookalil, Adele Fraser, George & Cesia Holowinski, Julie Larcombe, Maxine Morphett, Theresa Ockenden, Warren Stoyles, Deb & Barry Whitton & Ian Woods.


Cesia Holowinski


Ex-president, George Holowinski and his wife Cesia are thrilled to let everyone know that they are proud first time grandparents to a healthy baby boy, Alexander Edward to their son Justin and daughter in law Dalya. Born on Wednesday 13th August at 2.56pm.

This is union of two lodges - Snow Country Ski Club and Illawarra Alpine Club.


More news from the Holowinski clan. An engagement on 1/8/08 on The Telemark lift of Julie and Kenny. Adele Fraser is expecting her first child on Christmas Eve and this will be our second grandchild this year. Adele and her husband Shannon are now living in Japan. We now have a perfect excuse to try skiing in Japan.

Cesia Holowinski


Workparty May 31-June 1, 2008

A HUGE thank you to the following people for their efforts on the last work party for the year. With many jobs having been completed throughout the first few months of this year there was a lot of cleaning up to do to get the lodge ready for the season.

Ferro Fabbri for his expertise in finishing off a BIG painting job which now looks FANTASTIC!
Dianne and Bill Elliott for their efforts in getting the lodge looking spick and span in the cleaning department as well as Gavin Boyd who got the bathrooms sparkling, particularly the ladies after a major overhaul.

Carl Bradwell and Steve Matthews for their signage, cleaning and electrical prowess.
A very big thank you to our new managers Jade and Marcus for their assistance in not only cleaning but assisting with food preparation for the group. Your assistance was much appreciated!!!!

We are very sorry to say that Morris Dalla Costa had to be retrieved from Williamsdale by his wife and a tow truck after hitting a kangaroo on the way to the lodge on Saturday morning.We hope you and your car are okay Morris. Thanks for intending to assist. We will catch up up on a work party again next season.

A final thank you to everyone who has taken the time throughout the summer months to assist on work parties. Without you the club would find it very difficult to keep in the condition that it is.

Hope there is plenty of snow! Have a great season!

Thank you!!!!

Steve Matthews


Snow Country Ski Club welcomes the Smiggins' Lodge Managers -

Jade Rawlinson & Marcus Sullivan for the 2008 Ski season.



th enable discounts off lift tickets and other benefits to Skiers & Boarders.

Congratulations to Bob Smith, 2007 Club Member of the Year.

Bob Smith receives the Horrie Pring & Ray Marchant - Founders' Trophy, for the Club Member of the Year. The trophy was presented by Steve Matthews at the AGM.


AGM Special Offer - Smiggins Lodge room special for the first two weeks of the season. Commencing Friday 6 June (long weekend) to last night Sunday 22 June. Available from first in basis at the AGM.

Members $150 per room night.

Non members $300 per room per night.

Come along to the AGM and save on June accommodation!

The 2008 Annual Subscription and Annual Administration Contribution Form was mailed to all members January 1, 2008. Payment is due before April 5, 2008. If you have any queries please contact the honorary secretary at



All of us who have been to Perisher in Summer or Autumn have loved it, but it is often lonely. We have 1600 Club Beds in Perisher and we hope to achieve at least 1000 visitors enjoying themselves at the same time and saying G’day.

Activities will include:

1). A 6.2km Fun Run from Perisher Gap to Charlottes. The run will start at the top of the hill near Eyres Tee Bar, so the run does NOT include the heartbreak hill. Charlottes Chalet will be open for the runners to revive. Paramedics will be there. Water stations on the way. Buses to return the runners to Perisher. IT IS SHORT ENOUGH TO WALK IT. For those who bring bikes, a bike fun run from Spencers gap to Charlottes and return.

2). Catch a Ski tube ride to Blue Cow from Perisher and walk down the road , or over the top where you usually ski.

3). Organize a car driver swap, half go to Thredbo, half to Rawsons, and then walk TO THE SUMMIT over the top 13 ½ km,( or including the summit 15 ½ km) from Thredbo to Rawsons or vice versa. Down or up the Thredbo Chair lift. Australia's highest and most expensive toilet has been installed near the summit!!

4). The Porcupine walk, and the old cattle stockade.

5). Walks at Guthega to Illawong , 1 hr each way or longer. Guthega Hotel will be open.

6). Inter Club Tug of war!!! Fire Brigade demonstration.

7). The Basil bar will open in Perisher as a watering hole for everyone to get together for a beer. Milk, papers and bread and coffee will be available at Gingers in the Ski Tube building.

8). Clubs will be paired, and each Club should have the other club over for a drink during the week so as to see how the other half live.

9). Visit Rainbow 2km Walk at Dainers gap and see the original wooden water pipes used in the 1800’s.

10). Take a day and drive to Cabramurra or other parts of the Snowy scheme.

11). All insurances supplied by Snowline Insurance gratis.

Click to contact Steve Matthews by email and register your interest.

If enough interest is received within a couple of weeks, the board will consider how we can get this up and running.

2007 Junior race clinic members (L-R) Nathan Schwartz, Michael Koerner, Tom Koerner & Oliver Smith.



September 2007

Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs End of Season Party

Steelmakers Alpine Club Would like to invite you to Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs End of Season Party

When: 27th October 2007
From: 7.00pm to midnight

Where: Portofino Function Centre 26 Atchison St. Wollongong

Cost: $65.00 per person includes a 3 course meal with beer, wine and soft drinks for 5 hours

Entertainment by Graham Wilson from the Four Kinsmen

Dress neat casual

Contact: Lesley Matthews
Phone: 42286460

Interclub Race Days

Snow Country are the organisers of this years Senior & Junior Interclub race days. We urgently need both competitors and helpers as follows:

Members aged 16+ to compete in the Senior Interclubs on the 18th of August in any or all of Alpine ski GS, Snowboard and Cross Country events.
Junior members up to and including turning 16 years of age this year to compete in the Junior Interclubs on the 1st of September in any or all of Alpine ski GS, Snowboard and Cross Country events.

Helpers to assist Bob Smith in the organising of the events on either or both of the days - can be either non-competitors or competitors, no experience is necessary.


June 2007


Work Party News

The June workparty was another great success with Stephen and Lesley Matthews, George Holowinski, Gill Adrian, Marty and Gary O'Sullivan, Bill and Diane Elliott, Coletta Hobbs and prospective new member Mark Scott and friend Loren attending. Also, working in Jindabyne were John and Joan Reid who joined up for dinner on Saturday night.
Everyone worked well and enjoyed the weekend. .

A big thanks to the following people who attended the May work party:

David Bartley, Meg Bartley (15), Kate Bartley (15), David Grace, Lennea Grace, Caleb Grace (7), Eric Nordstrom, Gwyn Nordstrom, Colin Ramsey, Callum Ramsey (11), Will Ramsey (7), Steve Matthews, Peter Rodda, Jeff Pring & Pam Pring.

Much very necessary work was carried out and an enjoyable time was had by all.

April 2007

The Snow Country AGM will be held on Saturday April 14, 2007 at the Engadine RSL and Citizens Club Ltd - 1029 Princes Highway - Engadine. Further information will be advised closer to the meeting.


Snow Nite - The annual dinner dance ,beginning with pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a three course sit-down dinner is to be held on Saturday April 28, 2007.

November 2006

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The annual Perisher Clean-up Day will be held on Wednesday 15th November. Perisher Blue staff will commence at 07.30am and NPWS will start at 9.00am at the Perisher Ranger Station. Garbage bags will be provided as will a BBQ lunch (approximately 12.30pm).

There will be another opportunity for people wishing to participate in cleaning up sections of Kosciuszko National Park during the Clean-up Australia Day on Sunday 4th March 2007.

Interested persons should contact Dave Woods on 64505616 or 0418689250 or email:


August 2006



Combined Illawarra Ski Clubs Sydney Harbour Cruise:- October 28, 2006 .


Sawpit Creek Parking:- NPWS has confirmed that parking will definitely be available at Sawpit Creek for people staying at Smiggins. A new access road to the car park has been created a little way above Sawpit (near the Education Center). Total parking capacity is slightly less than before - some spaces are gone from the upper level, but the lower level is

Ad hoc shuttle arrangements through Sawpit Mick ( Mike Taylor -Tel 6456 2321 or 0412 045 894, booking required) and others will carry on as before, but the NPWS hope that a regular service may be viable down the

SLOPES:- Background on NSW Government's proposal to change lease conditions for Perisher and Smiggins' lodges.

JUNE 2006

NEWS FLASH - The board is going to give Non members the opportunity to stay at the Smiggins Lodge and enjoy all the benefits of staying on the snow at MEMBERS RATES.

This will be for the dates commencing Friday 16th June to Thursday 23rd June 2006 The rate will $45.00 per bed per night.

The usual booking rules will apply i.e. min 2 nights booking is required.

Jan 2006


Skiers to pay for alpine upgrade

Rosslyn Bee – Canberra Times 5 Nov 2005. A massive $250million environmental program and overhaul of Kosciuszko National Park's tourism facilities will be partly funded by a hefty increase in visitor fees to the park's ski fields.

The NSW Government announces plans today for the alpine overhaul, paid for from an $11 increase in park entry fees during winter, a $105 increase in the price of an annual pass to the national park, and a developer levy on new ski-resort beds.

ACT ski enthusiasts can expect to pay more to visit Kosciuszko in winter, but residents across the border in Queanbeyan and Bungendore will be exempt from the increased winter entry fees.

Leading alpine ecologist Roger Good praised the Government's announcement as "a long-awaited recognition that more funds need to be poured into the park to successfully manage it".

The park upgrade is the biggest project of its kind ever announced in NSW, and will roll out next year with a $12million improvement program.

This will include upgrades to walking tracks, camping areas, lookouts, horse camps and the Yarrangobilly Caves. Nine historic huts destroyed during the 2003 bushfires will be rebuilt.

The new visitor charges will increase winter entry fees to Kosciuszko from $16 to $22 in 2006, plus a further increase to $27 in 2007.

The winter charges will apply from June to the October long weekend. There will be no rise in summer entry fees.

The cost of an annual pass to enter Kosciuszko will rise from $85 to $145 in 2006 and then to $190 in 2007.

ACT residents will pay the winter surcharge, but local NSW residents including those from Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra, Yass and Bungendore will be exempt.

The Kosciuszko ski fields are a favoured winter destination for Canberrans and the city is promoted by ACT business and tourism organisations as a gateway to the alpine resorts.

But NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus says the state's taxpayers should not be expected to subsidise the ski industry.

He said the winter surcharge on park entry would bring the cost of entering NSW ski fields in line with Victoria's.

Today's announcement follows an investigation by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal into the cost to NSW taxpayers of funding essential infrastructure such as roads, sewerage, water and waste disposal for the Perisher Range ski resorts.

"After careful consideration of IPART's report, the NSW Government has determined that NSW taxpayers should no longer be asked to subsidise commercial operations in the ski field," he said.

The Government will invest $250million in park improvements over the next 30 years, including $32million from the Snowy Hydro Authority to rehabilitate about 400 environmentally degraded sites within the park that were damaged during the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme in the 1950s.

Essential infrastructure such as roads, water, sewerage and waste management at the Perisher Valley, Guthega, Smiggin Holes and Mt Blue Cow ski resorts will also be overhauled.

The Government also has announced 520 new beds for smaller resorts and lodges in the Perisher Range.

Other improvements will include measures to reduce traffic congestion at the entry to the park in winter and "a major program to rehabilitate the rooftop of Australia" with alpine revegetation schemes.

Mr Debus said the NSW Government already spent $15million a year managing Kosciuszko, and the rise in fees would lift the taxpayer burden of funding essential sewerage, water, waste and road infrastructure for the Perisher Range resorts by $159million over the next 30 years.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife chief Tony Fleming said the increased fees would also fund control of foxes and feral cats, rehabilitation of alpine ecosystems, roadkill mitigation and enhanced protection of the endangered mountain pygmy possum.

"It is a big spend, a huge spend, and it will allow for a focused effort within the park over a significant period of time," he said.

Call for Kosciuszko park fee spending to be identified

Graham Downie – Canberra Times 17th Jan 2006

With the annual entry fee to the Kosciuszko National Park more than doubling to $190 by next year, NSW Labor Member for Monaro Steve Whan is seeking annual statements on how the winter surcharge is spent.

Having successfully argued for most people in his electorate to be exempt from the winter surcharge, Mr Whan has asked NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus to provide annual statements on how the money is spent.

Mr Whan said he believed Mr Debus had agreed. "I am waiting to get this in writing."

He had had reservations about the surcharge and had worked hard to ensure locals were exempted.

"But I also recognise that a big investment is needed in our park."

The financial statement should include the amount collected and how the funds were spent.

A spokesman for Mr Debus said the minister was happy to comply with Mr Whan's suggestion. "In any case, it would be recorded through the National Parks and Wildlife Service's annual report."

The surcharge had not been applied outside the snow season because of concern tourists would go elsewhere. "The summer tourism market is a lot more price-sensitive."

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