The sort of stuff it helps to know before you come and stay
Location and Access
Turn off the State Highway at the Porters access road, continue along the undulating gravel road, where a sign can be seen on the right hand side just past the mountain staff accommodation block. Turn off here and drive just a few hundred meters to the Lodge carpark. It is always advisable to have a vehicle suitable for mountain road conditions. You must carry chains and vehicles should be prepared for snow and freezing conditions (anti-freeze etc). If you've never used chains before it's recommended you have a practice getting them on before you leave.
During the school holidays, transport is available on a shuttle bus operated by Porters a short walk from the Lodge (approx 300m).
If you require assistance with transport arrangements check out Porters Ski Field website for other options..
LINEN & Laundry
Every bed is already provided with a fluffy feather duvet, cosy sheets, pillow and a towel.
Bring your own toiletries.
Linen for school groups is by prior arrangement only.
Laundry facilities are available
Checking In & Out
Guests are welcome to check in any time after 3pm and should vacate the Lodge by 10am on the morning of departure. Incoming guests are welcome to leave gear in the games room on the morning of arrival, as are guests leaving the Lodge to ski after checking out.
Any outstanding amounts must be settled prior to departure on the morning of checkout. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eft-Pos.
Included in your room rate is a dinner and breakfast. A hearty two course meal is prepared and served by the resident management team then eaten together around the dining tables in the main area making it an enjoyable social occasion. Dinner-time is normally around 6.30 - 7pm. Continental breakfast is served from 7am until 9am. Special Diets such as vegetarians and cealics can be catered for by special request, but because of the remote location a weeks notice may be needed. There may need to be an additional charge for some special diets. Additional food for apres-ski nibbles may be brought into the Lodge and should be stored in the area provided. A hot drink can always be made in the kitchen. There is a small canteen in the Lodge too.
There is an excellent cafe on the mountain for lunches unless weather conditions mean a day of rest - when the Lodge Managers can provide lunch for a small charge.
POwer & phones
We are off the grid and rely on a generator to provide electricity. It operates between 7am - 10am in the mornings then 3pm - bedtime. Night lighting operates so you are not left in complete darkness.
Another positive of being so remote is no cellphone coverage. How many places can still say that?
The Lodge office has a single landline for computer and business phone calls. Guests may use this line in case of emergency (small charge), otherwise the cafe on the mountain has free wi-fi so you can clear messages and stay in contact during the day. (An internet connection is planned for the Lodge from mid-July so guests can use their own data plan/stick.) The top of Porters Pass, then Springfield are the two next closest places for cellphone reception. At times the top of T-bar 3 also gets reception.
Health, Safety and Housekeeping
Porters Alpine Lodge is located in a most scenic, remote and sometimes extreme location. To keep the Lodge in the excellent condition you will enjoy, we do have a few in-house rules we ask for your co-operation with.
- food is only kept and consumed in the provided areas
- gum, cigarettes and lighters are left in your car
- outdoor footwear is removed in the entrance (bring some slippers)
- the Keas (native parrot) are NOT fed. It's very bad for them and any possessions you value ;).
- you keep your car keys, some footwear and a torch within reach at night in case of an emergency.
- babies and children under 4 years of age will have to wait until they are older to come into the Lodge due to safety concerns
- under 18 yr olds are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.