Friday, September 7, 2012

Moonbah Hut

The ski season is still in full swing "down under", in fact, Perisher reports a new 20 cm today, and has recently announced that they are extending their season to remain open until early October.  And here's a most unique ski house...not too far from there.  The Ski House of the Day is the rustic, quaint and captivating Moonbah Hut:

The hut has been described as "not so much a hut as an experience,"  and it looks like a beautiful experience indeed.  The Moonbah Hut is located 15 minutes from Jindabyne, on property that borders the Kosciuszko National Park (in which the area's ski fields are located) and is right on the Moonbah River, a pristine trout stream.
On the property wildlife abounds...and includes wombats, a resident platypus, emu, kangaroo, cockatoos, and wild brumbies:

The setting looks totally serene and seems like it's a perfect place for isolation as well as inspiration:

The stone and slab hut (built in 1822) looks absolutely magical inside...

In addition to the warm, inviting stone fireplace, there's also a Canberra wood-stove for heat (and creative cooking) plus a hotplate and a small fridge to round out the "kitchen facilities."

The hut's cozy sleeping area is nestled along a rustic natural stone wall adorned with antique wooden snow-shoes and  poles...simply beautiful!

The hut also has an unexpected luxury...a heated floor!  Although it looks like this might be the kind of place you'd expect to have to use an out-house, there is an "inside" bathroom.

If you decide that you actually want to leave this cozy place to get out into the snow and ski, you may have a bit of a drive...

...but what an inspiring place to return to as the stars come out!

Cheers to the extended ski season, and to the captivating Moonbah Hut!

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