Let the laser games be­gin this win­ter

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD WOR­RALL

THERE’S a new game in town.

Alpine Laser Skir­mish will be based at Wire Plain this win­ter as the lat­est of­fer­ing from the team that also runs Howl­ing Husky Sled Dog Tours.

In t wo teams of three, play­ers are kit­ted up with laser guns and a head­set, dressed in cam­ou­flage gear and let l oose i n an area with ob­sta­cles, bar­ri­ers and “hidey holes” all un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a master con­troller.

It’s the Hunger Games with­out the ob­vi­ous con­se­quences.

Jake Greaves said it was an idea that con­tin­ues to grow.

“Ini­tially we were look­ing at paint ball but we wanted some­thing that was fam­ily friendly and didn’t af­fect the snow,” he said.

“This was per­fect and the re­cep­tion we have had from peo­ple has been in­cred­i­ble – we have had fam­i­lies with kids as young as seven and eight, right through to busi­nesses look­ing to do team build­ing.

“There are no pro­jec­tiles and the in­fra-red laser is no dif­fer­ent to your tele­vi­sion re­mote.

“At present we have six sets of equip­ment but given the level of in­ter­est we are look­ing to ex­pand to 10 from the July school hol­i­days.”

Greaves said they would be ready to go from open­ing week­end.

“This is the first of its kind in Aus­tralia in the snow,” he said.

“The equip­ment it­self was de­vel­oped by a Bris­bane firm but it has been tested in Nor­way in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures so there is no is­sue there.

“This is our third sea­son back at Din­ner Plain and Mt Hotham and we just saw an op­por­tu­nity to add to the ex­pe­ri­ence at Wire Plain that al­ready in­cludes the kids snow mo­biles and the to­bog­gan slope.

“The plan is we will have wooden ob­sta­cles as well as snow banks and holes for hid­ing and that will all be de­vel­oped dur­ing the course of the win­ter and con­tinue to change with the sea­sons – the idea is that we run this through sum­mer as well.”

Alpine Laser Skir­mish will run from 9am to 4pm each day and book­ings can be made on 0488 040 308.

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