Alpine Resorts and Travel Centre & Thredbo Accommodation Services would like to take this opportunity to introduce Tony and Stewie Freeth the owners of Australian Alpine Resorts Pty Ltd.
Tony and Lorene (Stewie) Freeth have lived in the Jindabyne area for over 20 years and have developed a number of successful businesses in the ski industry.
Tony grew up in Adelaide and was educated at St Peter’s College, then traveled the world wasting his youth before seeing opportunities in Guthega, when Guthega was …….Guthega. Tony hired the first snowboard hired in Australia, one of six in the shop, even though the shop owner at the time told him having snowboards was a waste of time.
Stewie grew up in Winton on sheep and cattle properties and managed small bars and pubs in Queensland before Tony introduced her to the mountains.
From the small shop at Guthega, Tony now owns and operates a number of ski hires: the BP Ski Hire, Snow City at the Caltex Ski Hire, and Monster Sports and Leesville, as well as operating the ski hire for the Department of Sport and Recreation at Jindabyne. The ski hire businesses now employ over 40 staff, some of whom have worked in the business for more than a decade. As well as experience in business management this background also gives Tony an excellent working knowledge of the ski industry, wholesaling, and working with tour operators.
Stewie has a practical understanding of the property booking and management business and knows it from the “ground up” as she ran a contract cleaning and property maintenance business for over 15 years. During that time she contracted to Kosciusko First National Real Estate, Raine and Horne Jindabyne, as well as other local businesses. While operating the cleaning company, Stewie also managed, booked, cleaned and cooked in the guesthouse they bought in Jindabyne in 1995, Mad Moose’s.
Tony and Stewie also have experience on the other side of the business as property owners and landlords as they have project managed the development of properties in Jindabyne and Leesville which are now tenanted or holiday let.
Stewie and Tony have three children aged between 26 and 18. Tony’s son is working in Queensland, Stewie’s daughter works in the family business and their youngest daughter is finishing the HSC at Snowy Mountains Grammar this year. Stewie is a keen skier, Tony doesn’t get as much time on the slopes but loves to sail, and sailed a 55 foot catamaran through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean with 3 other crew in 2008.
Tony and Stewie are very excited about the opportunities for integrating their existing businesses with the new company. They believe they can work with owners to provide competitive packages and a very saleable product that will be to the advantage of all parties.
Australian Alpine Resorts Pty Ltd have also purchased the databases from High Country Resorts Pty Ltd including an e-mail database of 15,000 people, a mail database of 50,000 and a 4,000 strong travel agent data base, ensuring properties and resorts are exposed to more than 70,000 past, present and future clients.
Tony and Stewie look forward to a prosperous future and are confident that the benefits of this purchase will become evident, in the not too distant future.