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