Own a slice of Hotham history – bid on a chair from Playground chairlift

Hotham's very first chairlift, Playground. Photo: Hotham media

Hotham’s Playground double chair was the resort’s first chairlift and operated for almost half a century in the Victorian resort before it was decommissioned in 2018.

Now you can own a slice of Hotham history when the resort auctions off 57 of these iconic chairs. Use them in your garden, in your lounge, in your lodge, get creative, knowing you have a one of a kind slice of Hotham with your name on it.

The auction is both in-person and online, so open to all. 15 chairs will go under the hammer on the opening weekend from 4pm to 6pm at The Bird on June 10.  The remaining chairs will then be auctioned online from June 11 via Givergy.

“The Playground Chairlift holds great memories for people who used it as children, graduating from the Big D or Summit and crossing the road to explore a new area of the mountain,” says Nathan Butterworth, VP + GM of Mount Hotham Skiing Company.

“This is a very special chairlift, Hotham’s first – a two-seater that opened in 1969 that was the main access lift back to the village until 1993 when the Village Chair opened.

“We’re expecting strong interest and can’t wait to see the creative ways our highest bidders will use these chairlifts in their businesses, public spaces or just at their homes for a talking point around the barbecue with family and friends.”

If you’re a true Hotham ski and snowboard fanatic, this is your chance to add a unique piece of memorabilia to your collection.

All money raised, will be donated to local charities via the Epic Promise Foundation, built upon the  the promise of bringing together the mountains, communities, employees and guests to ignite a passion for the outdoors, conserve the natural environment and support local communities for a bright, sustainable future.

If you’d like to apply for a grant that could benefit directly from the money raised in this auction, you can submit an application. 

Chairs purchased must be collected from Mt Hotham Airport following closing weekend, between 8am and 4pm from Monday 2nd to Thursday 12th October by appointment. You will require at least a 6 x 4 trailer or single cab ute with suitable tie downs and at least two adults do assist with the lift in.

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