Pygmy Possum Lodge is owned by Elouera Ski Club, but makes accommodation available for non-members.
There are no staff at Pygmy Possum so a certain amount of self-help is necessary, including cleaning your own room and assisting with any jobs that need doing around the lodge. The lodge is split into two wings that are essentially mirror-images of one another, each with a lounge, drying room and extensive well-equipped kitchen (although the gas ovens can be temperamental).
Charlotte Pass is a small village so although the lodge is on the fringes it's still very close to the lifts. If you didn't want to self-cater you could eat at some of the restaurants/cafes in other hotels/lodges. Access during winter is by snowcat from Perisher Valley and the snowcat will drop you right at the door of the lodge.
The setup would be good for families as there is plenty of room for children to disappear into their own corner while still being safe and supervised. This is not the place to go if you want to party noisily into the night.
The information provided to guests beforehand is not entirely clear as to what you need to bring and what is available on site. For instance, while you are told each room is supplied with pillows and doonas but you have to bring your own bed linen, it is not made clear that the doonas and pillows come with cases so all that is really needed is a fitted sheet. There is also an extensive food store stocked with staples and you pay a food deposit on booking, from which is deducted the cost of any food you use from the store - however, unless you know that what you want will be in the store, you may be better off bringing all food you need anyway.
Being a club property, you would expect that several of the other guests will be club members who probably know one another quite well. This can make for an interesting dynamic. My group chatted a bit with the club members but we also chatted amongst ourselves and while I felt most club members were happy with us, one person appeared to be a bit offended that we weren't spending more time conversing with others rather than our own group and seemed to be muttering about us when he thought we couldn't hear. This is probably just the one person but is something you sometimes find in club-run accommodation where members often have a sense of ownership and a fixed idea of the sort of atmosphere they want.
- Also Known As:
- Pygmy Possum Lodge Kosciuszko National Park/Charlottes Pass