A FALLS Creek ski lodge is the best boutique business of its kind in the country.
Astra Lodge at Falls Creek was judged Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge at the fourth annual World Ski Awards in Austria.
Astra Lodge general manager Tom Simpson said it was great recognition for the business and Falls Creek.
He said Astra’s win in the category this year followed 2015 winner QT Falls Creek.
“We had a vision to win this award but we didn’t expect to win it so early,” Mr Simpson said.
“It’s fantastic for Falls Creek; it’s a great reflection on the builders and architect.”
Mr Simpson said Tawonga South builders Duggan & Hanlon Constructions and St Kilda architect Grant Amon were behind the three-year renovation due to finish this summer.
He said the bar, restaurant and swimming pool were renovated in summer 2014 while the rooms were renovated in summer 2015 before spa and treatment rooms were added.
“In 2015 we were finalists in the Eat-Drink-Design awards in Melbourne and were the only regional nomination in Australia,” Mr Simpson said.
“We have just started building an extension which will consist of six family studios, elevator access and a new state-of-the-art ski and boot room. This will all be completed for winter 2017.”
Having attended the awards on November 18-20 in Kitzbuhel with wife Sally and Astra owners Rosy Seaton and Seamus Dawes, Mr Simpson said it was a privilege to be part of the ceremony.
“The who’s who of the world’s ski industry was present on the evening and it was such a honour to be around such fellow ski enthusiasts and made you realise what a dynamic and fun industry it is to be a part of,” he said.
“It was hosted by legendary English presenter Steve Ryder.”
Mr Simpson said Falls Creek was holding its own on the world stage.
“Falls Creek is headed in the right direction,” he said.
“The winter figures at the resort have increased and the summer traffic is improving every year.
“It’s a good sign especially in this sort of economic climate.”
Joint managers of Astra Lodge for two years, Mr and Mrs Simpson also run the Huski cafe with former Villa Gusto chef Emma Handley.
The cafe opens for summer on December 16.