Bid For A Piece Of Hotham History!

Hotham will be holding their first ever charity auction on Opening Weekend on the 10th June.

People can bid to own a piece of history with 57 chairs from Hotham’s first ever chairlift — The Playground Chair — up for auction.  

  • Hotham’s first ever chairlift auction is taking place on Opening Weekend, Saturday 10 June from 4pm – 6pm at The Bird Café and Bar on Mount Hotham
  • There are 57 chairs to be auctioned from Hotham’s very first chairlift: The Playground Chair
No lodge or chalet at Hotham will be complete without one or more of the chairs! ©

For the first time ever, people have the chance to own a piece of Hotham history, with 57 chairs from Hotham’s first ever chairlift, The Playground Chair, going up for auction.  

“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,” said Nathan Butterworth, VP + GM of Mount Hotham Skiing Company. 

“What’s even better, the auction is for a great cause with all money raised to be donated to local charities, community groups and environmental initiatives through our EpicPromise Foundation.”

The auction will combine both in-person and online options to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate. The in-person auction will be held on Opening Weekend at The Bird, Mt Hotham, Saturday 10th June from 4pm – 6pm with John and Lachlan Castran of Castran Real Estate auctioning off at least 15 chairs to the Hotham community. 

All remaining chairs will then be released for online auction via the Givergy platform on Sunday June 11, with bidding closing on 16 June. 

Chairs won at auction will only be available for collection at Mt Hotham Airport following the conclusion of the snow season, between 2 – 12 October (Monday to Thursday from 8am – 4pm).   

“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,” said Nathan. 

“Now adults, 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.” 

EpicPromise Foundation grants are open from 16 May to 31 May and focus on youth development or environmental sustainability initiatives in the Alpine Shire region.

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