History

Altitude – The Lodge Smiggins Holes

Altitude is the new name for “The Lodge Smiggin Holes”. The lodge was almost new 35 years ago when a group of like-minded ski enthusiasts jointly funded its purchase to ensure ongoing access to a high-quality family lodge on the snow. Altitude is a full commercial lodge and runs as such with all guests (first-timers, regulars and members) treated as part of the same lodge family. In fact, that inclusiveness is part of the charter under which Altitude operates. The culture of the lodge owes a great deal to Hans Ambrusch and his wife Margaret who ran the lodge for many years. Lisa Schweitzer has taken on that role over the past few years and done a fantastic job extending and enhancing the lodge’s character.

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Our Host – Lisa Schweitzer

Lisa is back for more! Having spent part of the last few years teaching at Jindabyne Central School, she has again opted for a winter spent “on snow” with her beloved Lodge Family. Her education degree is in Physical Education, and yet she found herself also teaching Science and History. She has now wrapped her head around the Periodic Table and the structure of an atom!

Lisa’s skiing life started in Thredbo 1983, followed by participation in Mike Dempsey’s infamous Ski to Instructor Level program, gaining her Canadian Level 2 certification and, of course, managing lodges. Whilst completing her Bachelor’s degree, many years were spent in the Terrigal hospitality scene working in a variety of well known establishments. Sprinkled amongst extended teaching blocks was much travelling around the world and all of this experience has culminated in yet another Australian winter season.

With Lisa at the helm, and her hand-picked team in support, you can be assured of a continuation of the great service and warm hospitality for which The Lodge is famous. She looks forward to meeting you soon.

Our Guestbook

“Brilliant! Best lodge experience I’ve had. Love the little touches that make such a big difference. Will definitely recommend to others. THANK YOU.” Y N, Sydney NSW

“This whole holiday has been magnified by their great hospitality & the choices you have made in staff hire. Everybody has really outdone themselves.” R R, Perth WA

“Great food, friendliness of staff. A smile makes all the difference. Good staff is a reflection of great management. Thank you, keep up the good work!” G L

“Food was great, love the early kids’ dinner. You are very accommodating to your guests, having a long history of staying at the lodge, this is best ever!” R H, Sydney, NSW

“This experience has been beyond expectation. Loved the menu and the staff were so friendly and made us feel welcome. See you next year.” D K

“Exceeded all expectations, great team of staff. Food was top quality. The staff were more than happy to go out of their way to help us – probably the best customer service we’ve ever experienced!” A F, N E, L R, Sydney NSW

“Staff, service and atmosphere great!” S M, Sydney, NSW

“Thank you so much for making our stay so welcoming and treating us like family. From chef’s awesome cooking to the girls’ sexy cocktails, thank you soooo much” M & S A, Lakemba NSW

“A huge thank you for making this holiday so special for us & helping (colluding with) my soon to be husband and organising his engagement plan. A great experience & we hope to be back! Genuinely cannot find one negative comment to make. Excellent management.” J R & T K, Qld

“The food & staff friendliness were a very pleasant surprise & exceeded our expectations.” T & F A, Qld

“This was an extremely friendly and comfortable lodge. Well done, I would recommend the lodge anyone!” S M, Qld

“The lodge has a wonderful “family like” atmosphere. Staff were friendly and always happy to help. The kids settled in the first day as if they had always been here! We will definitely be coming back!” J R I, Qld

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