Ready for competition
THERE’S been a new addition to Mt Hotham this season of the four-legged variety which is sure to put a smile on your dial.
Mt Hotham has launched a Share the Snow campaign in a bid to alert skiers they will be sharing the snow with a team of Siberian Huskies.
Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours (HHSDT) is the new dogsled company operating full time on the mountain this season and they will be offering three different types of tours.
With a combined experience of 16 years in Australia and overseas, HHSDT owners Jake Greaves and Kyla Seipp have been operating for six years at various Australian alpine resorts and have decided to permanently expand to Mt Hotham.
HHSDT have 38 Siberian Huskies on their team, 29 of which have been rescued or rehomed.
They will be operating five days a week from Thursday to Monday, and all tours venture onto the back country trails of Mt Hotham.
Nine dogs will be ready to take you on one of three different tours available including the Stumpy Tailed Trail which lasts one-and-a-half hours, Possum Path and Polar Paws Express which is 45 minutes of fun.
Ms Seipp said the team at Howling Husky can still run tours even if there’s no snow, as they have the option of using wheels.
“The dogs love to run regardless of the weather and so do we,” she said.
Both Ms Seipp and Mr Greaves have a deep affinity with Mt Hotham and being able to call Wire Plain home means their dogs have a great place to retire.
“With our dogs, once they become part of the pack they stay with us forever,” Mr Greaves said.
“We do not put our retired dogs through that abandonment of being rehomed after their working life.
“Running at Hotham means our retired dogs get to stay home in the husky haven we have created for them, live their days out of the snow and in warm beds which is much better for their aging bodies.
“This also means we get to sleep in our own beds each night and since the announcement of Hotham we have expanded our family and rescued two goats, one miniature pony and a few beautiful hens.”
ACTION PACKED FUN: The team of Siberian Huskies are looking forward to taking you on a great adventure on the back trails at Mt Hotham this season.