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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.

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