Ascom Alpine Club

Ascom Alpine Club

Ascom ski lodge was commissioned in 1963 by Robert Zambelli, the founder, chairman and managing director of the Ascom group of companies. Its purpose was to be a recreational facility for Ascom employees and their families.

The core businesses of the Ascom group (an acronym for Australian Steel and Concrete of Melbourne) were civil engineering design, construction and steel fabrication.

From when it was established in 1957, to the time of Mr Zambelli's death in 1979, the Ascom team was responsible for the design and construction of major infrastructure projects in the eastern and central states. These projects included power generation (Yallourn, Hazelwood and Newport power stations), extra high voltage transmission lines (Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New Guinea and Indonesia), bulk grain storage (steel and concrete silos at over 100 sites in Victoria and South Australia), conveyor systems for the mining industries, radio, TV and microwave communication masts throughout Australia, and in Melbourne, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Comalco House in Collins Street.

After Mr Zambelli's death and the sale of Ascom to a competitor company EPT, the ski lodge was donated by Mrs Zambelli to Ascom Alpine Club, formed for the purpose of providing employees with the opportunity of becoming shareholders. Many of these ex employees are still involved with the club today, either directly or through their families.