Southern Cross Alpine Lodge

Further Information for Snow Season Guests

If you are booked to stay at Southern Cross during the 2021 snow season, then our lodge staff (chef & lodge hosts) look forward to welcoming you, and we pray that your time at the lodge in the snow will be a time of refreshment both physically and spiritually.  Thank you for being involved with our ministry and please take the time to carefully read the following information.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Southern Cross operations and on the slopes experiences were very different in 2020 compared to earlier years.  2021 will also be different, with booking etc conditions remaining subject to change depending on COVID-19 developments and changes to our COVID-PlanIf you have any questions, please contact Brian Gaetjens at or on (02) 9130 8587, or our lodge staff on (02) 6457 5252 during the season.

Please Re-Read our Booking Procedures and Booking Conditions page

which includes our Terms of Booking Agreement, Aims and Objectives and other important information, including our COVID-19 Acknowledgement & Waiver form which all members and guests and staff must agree to and then sign IMMEDIATELY ON ARRIVAL at Southern Cross as a condition of entering and staying at Southern Cross.  This Acknowledgement/Waiver includes a provision that guests do not arrive if unwell and to depart early if they become unwell during their stay.

We encourage you to share in various lodge activities.  Our lodge staff provide you with all meals & hospitality, but remember that we are a club, not a commercial lodge.  Please also note  Our hosts also arrange meal etc duties, a series of short morning devotions & short evening Bible discussions, and can also help advise you on lift tickets (for 2021 these need to be pre-purchased on-line) and ski/boarding lessons and other things to do at the snow.

Ambulance Insurance (strongly recommended) and Travel Insurance (suggested)

Ambulance cost to Canberra can be $2,000 or more.  Most NSW private health insurances include ambulance cover (but do check & note that not all interstate health funds include NSW ambulance cover).  NSW ambulance cover can be purchased separately from the major health funds.  You should also consider travel insurance which can be as little as $30 for a week.  Check for insurers on the web.

See for links to details of Perisher Epic Passes and other Lift Ticket & Snowsports School information & prices, including over age 70 season passes.  For 2021, numbers of lift tickets may be limited and need to be pre-purchased ON-LINE.

See for links to details of Rhythm (Snowline) Smiggins up to 10% discounts and other information. are available in 2021 but need to be pre-booked well ahead.  There may also be mid-week specials.

Click here for Information on Getting to Smiggins and to Southern Cross

What to bring

Southern Cross provides pillows, doonas with covers, and blankets.  You need to bring sheets & pillow slips (your own pillows if you prefer), towel and toiletries, both outside & enclosed indoor shoes, sun and lip cream, wet weather gear (including extra gloves), sunglasses and / or goggles, small backpack for day trips and your Bible or Bible App – and maybe some games.  Bring enough warm clothes etc, but only what you need.  KEEP IT LIGHT as you may need to carry it up the hill to Southern Cross.  It can be a long walk, especially in blizzard conditions!  The lodge has 2 portable cots (weight limit 15kg) & 2 high chairs which need to be pre-booked with our Booking Coordinator.

Click here to review our Lodge FacilitiesOur Lodge Hosts will contact you ahead of your stay to advise whether you need to bring single or queen bed sheets (since most of our double beds have deep sided mattresses that standard double sheets don’t fit), to discuss any dietary requests (which you should already have advised to our Booking Coordinator), to check your expected arrival time and to answer any questions that you may have.  You can contact the lodge ahead of your arrival on (02) 6457 5252.

Your Arrival – first meal dinner & last meal sandwich lunch

You may be able to leave gear at Southern Cross the morning of your arrival day.  There is otherwise only limited access to Southern Cross until the afternoon on your arrival day, sorry, and your bedroom(s) may not be available until 2.00pm or later.  Your hosts will advise you more details when they contact you a few days before your arrival.  Please check the noticeboard in the foyer for your room allocations and meal times etc information.  Your first included meal is dinner, so please make your own arrival day lunch arrangements.  Sunday lunch is a noon BBQ at the Perisher Alpine Church (see next paragraph).  Monday to Thursday lunch is usually at 12.30pm (or such other time agreed between our staff & guests each week), or you can make sandwiches after breakfast.  Your last included meal is breakfast on your departure day & you can also make sandwiches for that day.

Perisher Alpine Church Sunday Service is 12.30–1.00pm with Noon BBQ, Nibbles & Drinks

Southern Cross members and guests are encouraged to attend and support the Perisher Alpine Church ministry to other snowfield visitors and staff.  The Sunday service is from 12.30pm till 1.00pm, with BBQ (COVID-19 permitted), nibbles & refreshments from noon and after the service.  The Perisher Alpine Church is at Perisher Front Valley, just north of the Perisher Children’s Snowports School area, next to the Ski Patrol building.

Other Miscellaneous Information

We usually love having guests for meals if there is space, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions Southern Cross is unable to have visitors in 2021.

We have good drying room facilities for snow gear, but only limited emergency washing facilities and gloves can take a long time to dry, so it is best to come prepared.  If you need to use the washing machine, please speak with our lodge staff first.  Use of the clothes dryer is limited to lodge staff.

Your Departure

On your departure day, your last included meal is breakfast EXCEPT for 2021 you may also make a sandwich lunch to take with you.  Please empty your rubbish bin, vacuum your room if you have time & vacate your room before 10.00am.  Please check with our hosts re arrangements to store luggage if you are skiing/boarding or picking up your car.  Please sign a loose leaf page for our Visitors’ Book and take home great memories of your stay.

Southern Cross 2021 Snow Season Staff (subject to change)  Ph (02) 6457 5252 during season
  Lodge Hosts Chefs
11 to 25 June Brian & Julie Gaetjens Julie Gaetjens
26 June to 2 July Chris & Sarah Hinchcliffe Robyn Enthaler
3 to 9 July Phil & Marcia Heyne Robyn Enthaler
10 to 23 July Steve & Maree Hutchinson Robyn Enthaler
24 to 30 July Brian & Julie Gaetjens Tanya Chirnside
31 July to 6 August Kevin & Ann Collins Stephanie Crooks
7 to 13 August Peter & Alison Matthews Stephanie Crooks
14 to 20 August Rod & Lisa Bale Stephanie Crooks
21 to 27 August Steve & Jenny Thompson Stephanie Crooks
28 August to 10 September Graham & Margie Morrison Stephanie Crooks
11 to 24 September Brian & Julie Gaetjens Tanya Chirnside
25 September to 5 October Kevin & Ann Collins Julie Gaetjens