A stir­ling ex­pe­ri­ence camp­ing in the snow

Mt Buller News - - MT BULLERS CIALSCENE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

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.

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