First sled dog Quest across the snow­fields

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THE pop­u­lar­ity of the sled dog team last win­ter has en­cour­aged a big­ger and bet­ter pro­gram this sea­son with the first sled dog ‘Quest’ to be held.

Mt Buller will play host to this brand new event on the snow sea­son cal­en­dar, with the Mt Buller Sled Dog Quest set to take place next Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, July 28-29.

Held over two ac­tion-packed days, the event will see sled dog teams from across Aus­tralia com­pete nav­i­gat­ing two chal­leng­ing cour­ses, with up to 30 teams ex­pected to com­pete.

Com­menc­ing on Tues­day, par­tic­i­pants will com­plete the race on two set cour­ses: a shorter course de­signed for two and four dog teams, and a longer course for six and eight dog teams.

Held at twi­light, teams will be­gin from the heart of the Vil­lage, head­ing up the Bourke Street ski run and around a course that weaves around the ski area.

Day two will see the six and eight dog teams as­sem­ble in the Corn Hill area, a stun­ning cor­ner of the moun­tain where they will fol­low a course along the pic­turesque trail to­wards Mt Stir­ling.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment, John Hu­ber, is look­ing for­ward to the fun and thrilling event.

“We are very ex­cited to welcome the Mt Buller Sled Dog Quest and all the par­tic­i­pants to our cal­en­dar of events in 2015,” John said.

“The race will of­fer a fun and di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence for com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors alike.

“The team from Aus­tralian Sled Dog Tours be­gan op­er­at­ing at Mt Buller in 2014, and have been hugely pop­u­lar since they ar­rived.

“The Mt Buller Sled Dog Quest builds on the pop­u­lar­ity of this ac­tiv­ity and of­fers guests a new way to in­ter­act with the dogs and wit­ness a re­ally unique event.”

Aus­tralian Sled Dog Tours of­fers a range of sled dog tours, which take guests on trails around the re­sort, en­abling them to en­joy breath­tak­ing alpine scenery and take in some unique views of the Mt Buller Vil­lage.

Tours in­clude a meet and greet with the Huskies, a photo ses­sion and sled dog tour.

Each sled al­lows for two to five peo­ple per tour.

All tours also in­clude in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on the tra­di­tion of sled dog rac­ing and its history in Aus­tralia.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the event visit the events sec­tion on mt­buller.com.au.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton - Mt Buller

MUSH, MUSH: This sled dog team from Aus­tralian Sled Dog Tours tra­verse the Corn Hill pass on Mt Buller.

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