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Need to change your booking?
Sometimes you just have to change your booking at Marouka Lodge. Perhaps one of your friends can no longer go, or you need to shift your days a bit.
Please DO NOT CANCEL the booking and then try to re-enter it. Within one month of your planned trip, you will lose some or all of your payment. There might also be a wait-listed booking that sneaks in. Getting that sorted complicates the work of the Booking Officer.
Hoys Hire Discounts
Hoys offers members and guests of Marouka Lodge a 15% discount off adult & child ski & board hire packages. At any Hoys shop, just ask "I'm staying at Marouka Lodge, can I have an in-house discount?" Hoys will give you an additional 5% off if you hire chains.
For a multi-day package reserved at least 3 days in advance using Hoys' online booking system, Hoys offers a 25% discount.
Public bookings welcome
The online booking system is now open to public guests for the 2014 snow season. Members who have not yet paid for their priority bookings should do so now! If you have friends who would like to come up to Mt Hotham, especially in July and September, please direct them to the Marouka website and assist them in making bookings. If you are not a member, and would like to come up for more than two days, consider taking out an Associate Membership to save on rates and participate in next year's priority booking period.
Daily coach service between Melbourne and Mt Hotham is now offered by HothamBus. Coaches depart Southern Cross Station at 9:00 am and arrive at Jack Frost at 4:00 pm. Return trips leave from Jack Frost at 5:20 pm. Overnight services are also available directly from Sydney and Adelaide. Visit the HothamBus website to make travel bookings online, and the Marouka Lodge website to book your accommodation online.
2014 Season Dates
Here are the snow season dates for 2014.
Lifts run from 7th June to 28th September, 2014.
The peak accommodation period of the season at Marouka Lodge stretches from 29th June to 23th August, 2014.
Snow season accommodation outside of the peak periods attracts a 33% discount. So take advantage of early early snowfalls, or spring with a good base!
'E-tag' lift tickets at Hotham
Mt Hotham and Falls Creek have implemented keycard access to lifts. It works like an e-tag that you put in your pocket, away from your phone or wallet. As you pass through the lift gate, it gets scanned to approve your ride. Branded as the Snow*Pass, you buy one for $3 either at the ticket office on the mountain or online, then continue to re-use it through each season. To buy a lift pass, you reload the keycard on the mountain, or from anywhere with Internet access. For the latter, you have an online account via the Mt Hotham e-Store to pre-pay lift passes, lessons and equipment hire.
By reloading at least 14 days in advance, you will save 15% on an adult day ticket. Between 7 and 14 days in advance will gain you a 10% saving. Season passes are also held through the Snow*Pass.
Reminder: no sleeping bags
For years I have been told not to bring my sleeping bag to Marouka Lodge, but I did anyway. Now I have learned my lesson.
Last year I returned from a trip to Canada and within days began to get lines of welts on my legs. The frequency increased and the welts got bigger. They itched badly, and would not heal. It took me a while to figure it out, but the answer was shocking: I was being attacked by bedbugs that I had imported in my sleeping bag that I had opened out on my bed. Spraying and powdering the room was not enough, they had taken hold inside my bed. I had no choice but to buy a new bed, an expensive solution.
So if you habitually bring your sleeping bag to Marouka Lodge, stop it. We do not want your bugs to travel home with anybody else. And we do not want to replace the beds.
Each bed comes with a doona, pillow and extra blankets. Bring your own clean doona cover, sheet and pillow-case.
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