A stirling experience camping in the snow
CAMPING out in the open is an adventure and holiday fun that many thoroughly enjoy during the warm summer months.
But for the hardy adventurers the experience of camping in the snow is also very special.
Throughout the snow season Mt Stirling offers visitors the chance to do just that - camp in the snow up at the spot they call “the cricket pitch”.
The camp can accommodate up to 28 people at a time and is popular with school groups.
A teepee is the central focal point of the camp which hosts a pot belly stove for heating, cooking and even hot water.
This snow camping is so popular that Stirling Experience operator Craig Jones said the camp site is booked out from now until the end of August.
“Mid-week we have school groups coming up and even if there is no snow then we take them out bushwalking, mountain biking and can even organise horse rides for them,” Craig said.
“Last week we even took a group of school kids across to Mt Buller as Bourke Street was the only place which had any decent snow for them to try skiing on.”
Craig said families love coming to the snow for the camping experience over weekends.
“We had a family that came up recently with a 10 month old baby and the mother asked to be instructed on skiing first and then put the baby in a backpack arrangement and skied with the baby - a first for me to see,” he said.
The camp site is comfortable, has toilet facilities and is basically self catered - however Stirling Experience can arrange catering as well.
KEEPING WARM: Operator of Mt Stirling and Stirling Experience, Craig Jones, stokes the heater in the teepee camp at the Cricket Pitch - the teepee is used as the communal kitchen and meeting place for campers.