Eco snow dome

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ALPINE en­thu­si­asts look­ing for a new out­door ad­ven­ture this win­ter should join Alpine Na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence for an overnight snow dome ad­ven­ture at Mount Hotham.

This is glamp­ing in style, where you can ei­ther cross coun­try ski or snow­shoe to the re­mote site and then re­lax un­der the stars in the eco vil­lage snow domes. The com­pany de­scribes their new ac­com­mo­da­tion as, “Think of it as an Igloo, but dry, with a view, warmer and with a com­fort­able bed and plush blan­ket.”

In what is a first for the Aus­tralian alpine, the eco-vil­lage is set up in the wilder­ness near Hotham and com­pletely off the grid, with ev­ery­thing car­ried in and out via man power.

Guests must first book for the sun­set ‘snow­shoe to fon­due’ tour where they walk through the snow gum alpine en­vi­ron­ment to reach the camp. On ar­rival you are greeted with warm Glüh­wein by the fire.

Once in­side the main te­pee you will taste the del­i­ca­cies of a three-course din­ner, with mouth-wa­ter­ing French fon­due and cheese im­ported for the oc­ca­sion from French alpine farms.

If you are only un­der­tak­ing the fon­due din­ner tour you will walk back via torch­light to the carpark once the evening is fin­ished.

For overnight guests they have the plea­sure of sleep­ing un­der the stars, as the snow­domes have a sky­light roof, so you can ad­mire the South­ern Cross and other star con­stel­la­tions as you in­dulge in the re­mote alpine seren­ity.

As an ad­di­tion guests can add on ex­tra por­tions to their trip such as ski­doo tours of Hotham the fol­low­ing morn­ing or re­lax in a Din­ner Plain Onsen.

The idea came from French­man JeanFran­cois Rupp who re­lo­cated to Aus­tralia in 2014. Jean-Fran­cois hopes to at­tract first timers to the snow, fam­i­lies, sem­i­nars and school groups.

“For me the snow is about much more than ski­ing, it’s about the beauty of the scenery, the food, and sur­round­ing your­self in na­ture” he said.

Tours run from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 4.30pm in June and July and 5.00pm in Au­gust and Septem­ber. You can find all de­tails and book at www.alpine­na­ture­ex­pe­ri­

EXPEREINCE: The snow dome ac­com­mo­da­tion and te­pee site near Mount Hotham.

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