Our fully-carpeted lodge has natural wooden walls, giving a nice warm, golden glow throughout. We have six bunk rooms upstairs:
-Room 1 sleeps 8
-Room 2 sleeps 2
-Room 3 sleeps 5
-Room 4 sleeps 5
-Room 5 sleeps 6
-Room 6 sleeps 6
The large open living and dining areas create plenty of space for children and adults to enjoy their own areas. Whether you’re playing pool, playing cards, games or music, chatting or just sitting quietly and indulging in a book, you won’t feel like you’re living on top of someone else!
Alongside the living and dining areas is a galley style kitchen where you can help yourself to tea, coffee or juice. All three of these ‘public’ areas are earmarked for refurbishment in the coming years.
The modern mens and women’s bathrooms each feature two showers, two toilets and two hand basins. There is room to keep towels and toiletries.
In addition, there is a TV room with Sky TV, a drying room with in-built hangers and a ski workroom with lockable ski storage. Entry to the club is via a keypad.
What to Expect
For security, the front door is locked and is accessible (during the season) by entering an access number on the keypad. This number will be given when your booking is confirmed and may change during the season.
After entering the Club, leave your boots in the drying room. Check on the notice board (on the wall between the bathrooms) as to which bunk room you have been allocated. Take your sleeping gear and clothes upstairs to the bunk room. After settling in, introduce yourself to the Custodians, if you have not already done so.
Our fabulous Custodians James and Rose coordinate and prepare delicious meals. Expect a cooked and continental breakfast with a range of cereals, fruit and anything from eggs, bacon, baked beans or spaghetti, pancakes, porridge and more!
The light lunch usually consists of soup and scones, or savoury muffins, maybe a macaroni cheese or something along those lines.
Dinner is always a highlight, whether it’s a beef roast, baked chicken, meatloaf or a casserole for example, always served with a range of fresh veges and a delicious dessert. Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding, Apple Crumble, Fruit Sponge, what might take your fancy?
Each Lodge guest is rostered on for a daily duty, be it vacuuming, washing dishes, dinner prep or digging out the snow from the front door, for example.
As with any organisation, there are rules and procedures that must be followed. There are booking and general rules and rules about safety and regulations. These are outlined in a specific document. Once you are a member, or even as a guest, please make sure you familiarise yourself with the Club rules. One important rule before you go to bed, is to remove your dry gear from the drying room. If there is a fire or the mountain erupts at night, you will have to put your ski gear on – and you’ll want it near you.
Ski Racers Club is located on the slopes of the Rock Garden ski run, to the left of the chairlifts. It is a brisk 10-15 minute walk up, or a 15-20 minute climb with packs and children in tow! The Lodge exterior is a chocolate brown weatherboard, featuring a blue trim and is nestled between Pinnacles Club above us and Iwikau and Otaihape Clubs below us.
What to bring
Sleeping bag (or single sheets), pillow case – blankets and pillows are provided.
TO WEAR INSIDE:
The Lodge dress is very casual and the temperature is comfortable, especially when the woodburner is roaring away! There is no need to dress up or pack too many layers for inside.
TO EAT AND DRINK:
Because all meals are provided, all you need to bring is on-mountain snacks and perhaps an apres-ski snack. There is a plunger, so BYO coffee. There is also a range of hot drinks already at the club. If you enjoy a beer, or like a herbal tea for example, best you carry that up the mountain yourself!
If it’s your first time at Ski Racers and you need a detailed outline of what to bring and how to get there, view this document: What to bring skiing when you stay at Ski Racers Club.pdf
Here’s a map showing our location: Ski Racers Map.pdf