PREPARING FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EVENING ADVENTURE

Alpine Nature Experience offers exclusive and adventurous nights in the snow. To make sure you adventure stays memorable in a good way, we encourage you to follow a few simple steps to prepare your evening with us. Please share this with your group.

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Below are some FAQs to help you get a full grasp on what to expect and what you’ll need to bring/organise.

How to get there

By Car: 
From Melbourne: Take the Hume Hwy to Wangaratta then the Great Alpine Road direct to Hotham, or the Snow Road via Milawa & Oxley to Myrtleford, Bright, Harrietville & Hotham. Travel time around 4.25 hours with a distance of 380km… 
More info on https://www.mthotham.com.au

By Bus: 
The easiest way to Mount Hotham from Melbourne, Adelaide, Wangaratta, Bright or Harietteville is by bus. When booking with us, you get 10% off your bus journey on the SnowBall Express! (Discount code on your booking receipt) 
More info on https://www.snowballexpress.com.au

How to find us

Where: Wire Plain car park / Bus Stop Nb 12
Meeting point: In front of the ski shelter.
Time of tour departure :
>> 16:30 (June-July)
>> 17:00 (August – September)
GPS: -36.996383 ; 147.17474

Find us below on Google Maps

What is the plan?

June-July 16:30pm, August-September 17:00 :
Meeting at Wire Plain car park (Bus stop Number 12)
30 min Snowshoe walk (450m). We will weave our way through the snow gums toward the eco-village where you’ll enjoy a delicious heart warming glass of Glühwein or hot chocolate outside by the fire.
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 finish our drinks and wrap up our stories and head back to Wire plain car park (10 minutes) or continue the evening dancing through the night. We usually finish around 9:30pm and no later than 23:30.

Igloo to Skidoo guests will waive the group goodbye and settle in their Snow-dome for a cosy night looking at the stars from the warmth of their bed. 
Next morning, a hearty warm breakfast will be served under the main tipi. 
Around 10:00am, you will be picked up by the Skidoo and enjoy a scenic ride back to the wire plain car park. 

What should I wear?

During the adventure we may be exposed to all sorts of weather, dress accordingly. Activities in the snow alternate between moments of high warmth (effort) and rapid cool down. We recommend to use a multi layer approach to avoid being too hot or too cold.

The key to stay comfortable is to stay dry, for this reason avoid cotton as much as possible.

You can find out more information about suitable clothing on the SnowSafe website

What to wear & bring to the eco-village

What should I bring?

Snowshoe to Fondue:
Waterproof jacket, hat or beanie, scarf, gloves, warm socks, waterproof shoes appropriate to walk in, warm clothes.

Igloo to Skidoo:
All the above plus, toothbrush, warm pyjama, dry change of cloth,  a little backpack to fit it all. And a swimming costume for the Onsen if took the package! 

What to wear & bring to the eco-village

What to expect 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 you comfort the eco-village are able to offer the following services:

Eco-village services

Can I bring my kids?

Our adventures are not recommended for children under the age of 6. If you would like to take a child under 6 for one of our evening adventures please get in touch with us prior to booking.

We allow children under 6 for the dinner experience as long as we have clarified a few things with you.

Strictly no children under 6 for the overnight experience.

Please not that we are unable to offer kids meal and have limited facilities for young children.

For babysitting services jump on alpinebabysitting.com.au

What is included?

Snowshoe to Cheese fondue
  • 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
Igloo to Skidoo
  • Exclusive accommodation in wood heated snow-domes with sky views.
  • Comfortable bedding (real mattress, bed linen, pillow, faux fur blanket, fleece liner and -10°c sleeping bag)
  • Hearty warm breakfast
  • Scenic Skimobile tour (Snow dependent)
Extras: 

If you would like, you can purchase the following at an extra cost: Drinks at the eco-village, Onsen package, extended skimobile tours. 

What happens if the weather is bad?

The mountain is an unpredictable environment. We run our adventure in all conditions including in average weather (we call it bikini weather). The only time we will cancel a tour is when the conditions are declared unsafe. If so, we will contact you directly to inform you and offer a refund or to reschedule.

What happens if there is no snow?

Luckily we only need a little snow dust to make it beautiful! However, if there is not sufficient snow, we probably won’t need to use the snowshoes for the guided tour. 
The skidoo scenic tour is snow dependent. In the unlikely event that we would not be able to run it,  guests would be able to redeem a voucher of equal value towards a bar tab or package on an Alpine Nature Experience adventure or a Skidoo tour by SnowStuffPark at a later date.

What happens if I want to cancel?

Our adventures require a lot of preparation and we only have a very limited number of spots per season. For this reason we are unable to offer any refund on our tours.

I am coming from Dinner Plain or Bright, do I need a resort entry?

Resort Entry is complimentary for arrivals in the resort after 3pm and until midnight on the day of your arrival. So as long as you are coming for the evening and leaving before midnight you do not need a resort entry. If you are staying overnight you will need to organise resort entry for the following day. More information can be found  >here<

I don't want to drive, can I catch a bus?

Yes. We have teamed up with Alpine Spirit Coaches and Snowball Express to offer bus transportation from Melbourne, Adelaide, and other regional towns. Once you booked with us, you will receive an email with a discount code to be redeemed on your booking with the Snowball Express.The bus will drop you off at Hotham Central, then you can catch the free village bus to Wireplain. They come every 10 minutes and it’s a short 8-10min ride

WHAT IF THE ROAD FROM HARRIETVILLE IS CLOSED DUE TO THE SNOW?

For the latest road conditions, please check the Mt Hotham website.
In poor weather conditions, we recommend the Omeo way as an easier and safer drive:

From Melbourne
Take the Monash Freeway (which turns into the Princes Hwy) to Bairnsdale, then Omeo,
then the Great Alpine Road to Hotham past the Hotham Airport and Dinner
Plain. Travel time around 5 to 6 hours with a distance of 460km.

Chains can be hired from Hoys in Omeo and returned at any Hoys shop.
You should always make sure you allow plenty of time to get to Mount Hotham.
For more info, go to the Mt Hotham website: How to get there.

Please be advised that we will not be able to refund tours unless both road accesses are closed

DO I NEED CHAINS?

Most of the time you will not have to fit chains to get to us, however, it is a legal requirement to carry them. The weather can change quickly, so it is very important to ensure you and other road users reach the slopes safely. Diamond Pattern Wheel Chains must be carried and fitted where directed during the declared winter season. We recommend HOYS in Harrietville or Omeo as a preferred hire service. For more info go to the Mt Hotham website: How to get there

I AM VEGETARIAN, DO I NEED A SPECIAL MEAL?

Our menu is fully vegetarian. You don’t have to specify this when booking. For Vegan and Celiac diets, we can organise a special meal for you (supplement applies). For any other food allergies, please check with us directly prior to your experience.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND ALCOHOL?

No. There are no private cooking facilities at the eco-village. Due to food safety reasons,BYO food isn’t allowed. Snacks for children are tolerated, within reason. Alpine Nature Experience is fully licenced and there is strictly no BYO. Heavy fines by license officers apply for both the business and customer, so we kindly ask you to respect this. We carry a range of local beverages at reasonable prices which have been selected to perfectly match our food offering.

ARE THE SNOWDOMES SHARED ACCOMMODATION?

No. Our Snowdomes can fit up to four people from one group. They aren’t shared between people from different groups.

DO YOU HAVE SHOWERS AT THE ECO - VILLAGE?

No. We are fully off-the-grid and we carry in by hand all the supplies, including water. For this reason, we don’t have shower facilities at the eco-village in Winter. However, we have hand-washing facilities and a very cute dry toilet.

ARE THE IGLOOS WARM?

Yes. Although only heatedby body heat, the internal temperature in an Igloo is around 4°C. This might not seem like much, but it gets toasty when you are sleeping under blankets and -8°C rated sleeping bags.

DO I NEED ALPINE DIESEL?

If you drive a diesel vehicle, you’ll need to fill up with a special ‘Winter mix’, also known as ‘Alpine Diesel’, which is sold in towns close to Hotham such as Omeo, Bright and Myrtleford. In a nutshell, when temperatures drop below zero (Celsius), diesel can start turning into wax or gel. When that happens, you aren’t going anywhere! For more info have a look at the Alpine Diesel page on the Hotham Website

CAN I PARK AT WIREPLAIN?

For the Dinner experience, you can park at Wireplain. Wireplain is not an overnight car park unless the resort is full. For overnight guests, please park at an overnight car park. The closest one is Corner carpark. From there, Wireplain is 1 bus stop away, or a short 150m downhill walk.

For more info have a look at the Parking page on the Hotham website

Misty morning at the Eco-village
Drinks by the fireplace
Skidoo tour - Alpine Nature Experience

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