Back­coun­try snow ad­ven­ture

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“ROUGHING” it will take on a new mean­ing with the lat­est ad­ven­ture at Mt Hotham.

The Alpine Na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence will al­low peo­ple to spend an exclusive night in the snow at a hid­den eco-vil­lage, learn­ing the fine art of fon­due cook­ing, drink­ing gluh­wein and eat­ing im­ported cheese.

From open­ing week­end the pro­gram will of­fer an en­tirely new ex­pe­ri­ence for fam­i­lies, groups, sem­i­nars, schools and in­di­vid­u­als who are in­ter­ested in com­ing up to the snow for an al­ter­na­tive snow hol­i­day.

The pro­gram will be based at Wire Plain and is aimed at en­cap­su­lat­ing a sense of re­mote­ness and be­ing im­mersed in the Aus­tralian alpine en­vi­ron­ment.

The tour takes groups on a snow­shoe walk, leav­ing at sun­set from Wire Plain shel­ter and mak­ing way to a ‘hid­den ecov­il­lage’, where gluh­wein will be of­fered around an out­door fire.

The eco-vil­lage con­tains a cen­tral tipi with a fire pit, where guests will be able to par­tic­i­pate in an exclusive French fon­due cook­ing class, with spe­cially im­ported cheese from France.

Founder of Alpine Na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence Jean-Fran­cois Rupp has teamed up with Hoys Ski Hire who will pro­vide ski deals and snow­shoe hire, and food will be pro­vided by Zirky’s with a three-course meal as part of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Rupp said he wanted peo­ple to feel com­fort­able about com­ing up to the snow, with­out hav­ing to ski or snow­board.

“I’ve re­alised that a lot of peo­ple don’t go to the snow be­cause they don’t like to ski, and so I wanted peo­ple to come up to the snow and dis­cover how good it is with­out hav­ing to do that,” he said.

“It’s all about the peo­ple, the at­mos­phere, be­ing out­doors and that over­all ex­pe­ri­ence, and show­ing peo­ple that there is a lot more to the snow in the Aussie Alps than just ski­ing.

“I like the lit­tle things, it’s a hid­den vil­lage off the beaten track, de­signed with one rule in mind: sim­plic­ity is a lux­ury.”

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Es­cape to the back­coun­try in a hid­den win­ter won­der­land.

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