Victoria’s iconic Mount Hotham snowfields will be opened up for wider year-round use, with a $26 million development launched on Monday 26 March, 2018 by Danielle Green, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria.
The new development, called Davenport Central, to be located near the General Store will replace and dramatically expand the 42 year old Asgaard Ski Lodge, built by a group of University of Melbourne chemical engineering students in the early seventies.
With the 40 bed building in need of repair, lodge members decided 8 years ago to replace it with an extended, commercialized development, set to broaden the mountain’s appeal.
“This is the biggest development on the mountain in 20 years.” Club member Ron Mason said.
“It’ll be the biggest single private development ever at Mount Hotham.”
“It will change the face of the mountain, consistent with the master plan.” Club member Peter Malone said.
The 6 level structure will feature restaurants and bars, with sweeping Alpine views, as well as accommodation for mountain staff, tourists and lodge members.
Four dedicated all-access apartments will cater for disabled visitors, who are a key target in expanding the market, through winter and summer. Four penthouses will add a luxury accommodation option.
The project required a 75 year government lease for the Crown land site, as well as the highest bushfire rating.
Mider, the project developer, says around 80 jobs will be created during the construction phase. “This will add a great deal of momentum for builders in the state’s north east region” Anton Wilson the owner at Mider explained.
The prefabricated structure will be trucked into the site, which has been assessed by geotechnic engineers to ensure the safety of the ridgetop build.
Work begins in October and will be done in between snow-seasons, with completion in May 2020.
“As soon as the snow melts, we go,” Mr Wilson said.