The Hotel Kosciouszko was one of the first hotels in the NSW high country, built in about 1909. It was located where Sponars Hotel now is.
There was a rope tow on the right hand side of the road about 100 metres past Sponars. It is overgrown now, but the track is still visible if you know where to look. 30 years ago it was quite visible.
The Hotel burnt down on 18th April 1951. The staff quarters survived the blaze.
In 1959 Tony Sponar who was then a local Hydrographer obtained a lease on the old staff quarters and rebuilt it as "Sponars Lakeside Inn" and he built a small poma lift on the nearby slopes.