SNOWSHOE TO FONDUE : DINNER EXPERIENCE

What to expect:

Your Snowshoe to Fondue dinner experience starts with a 20 minutes (450m) snowshoe walk through the mystic snow gums, to encapsulate a sense of remoteness and immerse oneself in the Australian alpine environment. On your way you will hear stories about the Australian Alps pioneers.

Arriving just before sunset at our sustainable hidden eco-village, you’ll enjoy a delicious heart warming glass of home-made mulled wine outside by the fire, watching the sun disappear over the Dargo valley.

You will then be invited in the central tipi with a fireplace, where you will learn the secrets to making a traditional and mouth-watering French fondue, with cheese imported for the occasion from French Alpine farms.

After a 3 course dinner we will sit around the fire sharing a few drinks and stories (maybe even some dancing).

Fit your snowshoes and head-torch once more for the return journey to the carpark, gazing at the stars. This full evening experience finishes around 9:00pm and no later than 23:30.

Authentic French Cheese Fondue Dinner:

During the experience you will learn how to cook this french alpine classic as part of a freshly prepared, three-course dinner (Entrée, Fondue, Dessert) Imagine dipping small cubes of sourdough in hot melted cheese cooked with garlic and white wine (no alcohol). Yummy! 

Our cheeses are carefully selected from French alpine farms in the Savoie and Haute Savoie regions where business owner, Jean-Francois, spent his childhood.

Our menu is fully vegetarian. 

Vegan, GF, DF or alternate VG meals available only upon request with booking (supplement applies)

Strictly no BYO Food. 

Curated Wine Beers and Spirits:

Wines are selected with the same care as the cheese; working directly with a handful of selected local winemakers to guarantee a deep understanding of the winemaking process and to ensure a perfect match for all palates. The range of perfectly paired wines are available for purchase by the glass and bottle at the tipi, alongside locally brewed craft beers, various Australian and French liquors and soft drinks….and also our famous homemade mulled wine of course!

Strictly no BYO alcohol. 

Facilities:

At the Eco-Village:
Our eco-village is set-up in the wilderness of Hotham. Everything is carried in and out by man power to reduce our impact on the fragile alpine environment. We are completely off the grid, but for your comfort the eco-village are able to offer the following services:

Limited Power

Heated Tipi

Hand Washing facilities

Fully Licensed (No BYO)

The best French fondue!

3G / 4G

Dry Toilets

Warm Drinks

CC payment

Smoke alarms

Vegetarian meals

Included in your dinner experience:

– Snowshoes and Headtorch
– Guided snowshoe tour – 30 minutes with stories and inside knowledge on French/Australian alps history
– First glass of heart-warming home-made Gluhwein (hot spiced red wine) by the fire
– 3 course dinner including home-made soup, French cheese fondue, and cake
– Guided return walk to wire plain carpark

Rates & details :

Tours running 7 days a week through the ski season.
Starts at 4:30pm (June, July) 5:00pm (Aug -Sep), return approx. 9:30pm

Free Hotham bus to Wireplain, carpark available or catch a bus from Dinner Plain.
From $119pp full dinner experience (low season price)
Child rates available.

Private group bookings and special events available.

Alpine Nature Experience is fully licenced. Strictly no BYO

Our menu is fully vegetarian. Please note, due to the nature of the experience, only vegan and gluten free dietary requirements are available on request, at an extra cost. Make sure you specify this when booking. For the same reasons we are unable to provide a different menu for children.

Bookings essential. Same day bookings must be before 2pm.

This activity is not recommended for children under the age of 4. If you would like to take a child under 4 for one of our evening adventures please get in touch with us prior to booking.

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Staying at Hotham?
Catch the free village bus down to Wireplain, bus stop Nb 12.

Coming from Dinner Plain? 
We recommend using the DP/HOTHAM bus.
Alternatively, if you would like to drive you can get an after 3Pm resort entrance exemption. Please be in touch for details. 

Dinner Plain Bus details

 

  • “A wonderful unique evening out in the snow. Fun, delicious and informative. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience as did our three teenagers.”

    Chrissy – Google review

  • “Great idea and excellent service! Thanks Jeff team for bringing us such an wonderful & special experience! Deep impressed by their smart ways for environment perfection, and their home made meal & wine”

    Liu Wen – Facebook review

  • “A great example of innovation and uniqueness in the snow. Nothing else like it in Australia.”

    Steve –  Google review

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