Web Systems

Ski Lodge Booking Service

Put your lodge bookings on the web – easily!

In 2019/20 our clubs’ total revenue was over $8.2M. Large and small clubs can use our system.

Join fifty-six other clubs with sixty-nine lodges in Australia and North America using the most comprehensive and flexible software available.

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Dec, 28 · in Services

Customer Feedback

  • The system is wonderful, I am really finding it extremely helpful. Nicola Moran, Yalara Alpine Ski Lodge 14/6/2021
  • Thank you for supporting us through a very successful first year on the CBDWeb booking system. We’ve had consistent praise from the membership on ease-of-use and accessibility. As a director, I’m also excited by the ability to access the bookings data and process it from every angle, such we may refine our booking rules and operational performance. Tom McMeeki, BSM Ski Club 21/10/2018
  • Thanks for your ongoing support, your service and product are truly excellent.
    Charles Rath, Cooma Ski Club 9/4/2018
  • Well worth the money
    Brian Spurrell, Langi-taan Ski Club 2/11/2017
  • We implemented the system with very few issues, and it is now in its third year of operation within Apira. Our members have found it easy to use, and we are extremely pleased with the system’s operation and overall effectiveness. Support has been provided very quickly on the few occasions it has been needed. We’re very pleased we went with your system.
    Geoff Jamieson, Apira Ski Club 15/6/2017
  • This is fun…
    Penny Gerdes, Arlberg Ski Club 22/2/2016
  • We are very happy with the booking system and have taken more dollars than last year.
    Kay Maguire, Eiger Ski Club 21/9/2015
  • The system just keeps getting better and better.
    Graham Leary, Merrijig Ski Club 15/1/2015

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Dec, 28 · in Services

Online Payment Gateways

Our Booking Service gives you the option of two payment gateways, eWay and Paypal.


eWay works with a merchant facility that you get from your bank, and talks to all major Australian banks. A merchant facility allows you to take payments by credit/debit card and hooks up to eWay which handles the on-line gateway.

eWay transfers your funds into your bank account overnight, automatically.


Paypal costs more per transaction but has no annual fees and is easier and quicker for you to set up. It’s ideal for smaller clubs. Members (and the public) do not need a Paypal account and can use a credit or debit card directly. However, opening a Paypal account means you do not need to enter credit card details each time you book.

Paypal doesn’t transfer funds to your club’s bank automatically, so you have to login and request a transfer to your bank.

Paypal charges 2.6% + $0.30 per transaction https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/mpp/paypal-seller-fees.

You can get cheaper rates from Paypal if you have sufficient volume, but at volume, eWay plus your bank will be cheaper.

More Information

See our Help Pages for online payment gateway instructions.

Feb, 29

iCal sync for bookings

Channel Managers allow you to synchronise bookings between more than one Booking Service.  We have tested with https://www.smoobu.com/en/ who offer channels to some of the major agencies, e.g. booking.com, expedia, Airbnb etc. So far this interface hasn’t been used but please enquire if you need Channel Manager service. The Smoobu service would require an account with monthly payment.

Cheaper and almost as capable, iCal sync is offered by many booking services.  A good article on iCal vs Channel Managers is at https://suite.booking.com/blog/ical-channel-manager-technology/

For a few years now we have provided an iCal feed that allows Airbnb to check the Booking Service and although this is not real-time (Airbnb only checks every few hours) it removes 99% of enquiries for an already-booked room and saves you entering bookings into Airbnb manually.  We have recently extended this to two-way synchronisation. So whenever a room is clicked on the Booking Matrix, we check Airbnb instantly and update the matrix to prevent a booking getting to step 2. We also check Airbnb and update once an hour so the matrix is usually up-to-date before a room is clicked on.

Many booking services provide iCal sync, including Expedia, booking.com and others, so get in touch if you would like to get bookings from other platforms without creating clashes and more work for yourself.

We’ve also trialled a WordPress plugin that can display bookings (real-time) and take enquiries.  This may be useful if you want public enquiries without allowing direct access to bookings.

Feb, 29

WordPress OPCache plugin

Use this plugin to display detailed information about your server’s OPCache, including memory utilisation, list of all scripts cached and a useful memory utilisation visualisation based on the file system tree. read more

Jul, 03

Deploying via a symlink and optimising OPcache

This is a very technical post. It’s about the way we are deploying new versions of the Alpine Booking system to the thirty clubs that are currently using the system. Previously, each club had a copy of the source code in the webroot for their domain. These were deployed using rsync – the steps were as follows:

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Oct, 03

WordPress Development Offline

The most usual way to develop software is for the developer(s) to work on their personal computer, with a code repository mediating inputs from multiple developers, such as SVN or GIT. Even a solo developer might use a code repository to manage the code they are developing, to get reliable versioning and deployment tools.

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Feb, 08




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