The Lodge is located centrally, just a 2 minute walk from the Ticket Office, ski hire facilities, the supermarket, the Transport Depot and the Visitors Centre. The Canyon Rope Tow opened in 1997 just below Apira, and this enables easy access to the slopes, avoiding the peak hour queue at the Blue Bullet Lift. This enables ski in, ski out access. The World Cup Freestyle Jump is also quite close to The Lodge.
Originally formed in 1948, the Club commenced building the lodge in 1949. It was one of the original seven lodges to be built at Mount Buller. The Club has evolved from the merry band of diehards to one catering for all types of skiers, especially oriented towards families. There are now several generations of skiers among the 100 members of the Apira Ski Club. The Club is managed by an elected committee which is responsible to the members for day to day operations. The Club is incorporated as a non-profit making body.
Membership is of the “non equity” type, and is structured to cater for families, couples or single people. Members may stay at the Lodge at any time by following the booking process and paying the minimal bed night fee. They may also take family members and guests at the relevant bed night fees, which are set each year by the Annual General Meeting of members.
The Lodge sleeps 39 people in 9 well-equipped rooms, 3 of which have ensuite facilities. They all have hydronic heating and each bunk has an electric blanket and reading light. There are modern bathrooms, 3 large kitchen areas, a tea and coffee bar, pool table, television area and large dining and lounge facilities. Each member has a food locker to maintain a supply of non-perishables at the Lodge, a ski locker and a gear locker for boots and other things, so that a minimum of equipment needs to be carried to the mountain for each visit. There is also a well-equipped workshop for those repairs which sometimes become necessary on the mountain, and a bench equipped for tuning and waxing skis. The Lodge is secured by code entry access systems at the front door and the ski entry door to the boot room, which is also fitted with heated boot racks. The large drying room has ample hanging space and is fitted with racks for shoes and apres ski boots. The club supplies milk, bread, cereals etc. for a continental breakfast, and tea and coffee so that members need only provide food for main meals.