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Jean-Francois brings a new Alpine Nature Experience to Mount Hotham

Jean-Francois brings a new Alpine Nature Experience to Mount Hotham

The magic thing about the Australian Alps is that there is more to the mountain than just the snow.

Mount Hotham is your ultimate snow destination. This mountain is laid back and adventurous.  With kilometres of beautifully groomed cross country trails, adrenaline-enhancing powder slopes, pristine snow photo opportunities, rustic old lodges and people who make the alpine experience even more memorable.

A man too familiar with this type of environment is Founder of Alpine Nature Experience, Jean-Francois Rupp, who grew up in the French Alps and is now wanting to bring his knowledge to the Australian Alps.

Mr Rupp is excited to offer a new and unique experience for families, seminars, school groups and first-timers to the snow. The experience starts with an evening snowshoe walk through the mystic snow gums, to encapsulate a sense of remoteness and immerse oneself in the Australian alpine environment.

The walk will weave its way to a hidden eco-village and central tipi with a fireplace, where Mr Rupp will teach his audience the secrets to making a traditional and mouth-watering French fondue with cheese imported for the occasion from his home town of Annecy (Haute Savoie) in the French Alps.

Mr Rupp believes that the snow is about more than just skiing and he wanted people to be able to enjoy the Australian Alps through a unique, alternative alpine experience.

“I’ve realised that a lot of people don’t go to the snow because they don’t like to ski, and so I wanted people to come up to snow and discover how good it is without having to do that,” Mr Rupp said.

“It’s all about the people, the atmosphere, being outdoors and that overall experience…and showing people that there is a lot more to the snow in the Aussie Alps than the ski runs!”

“I have always wanted to spend as much time as I could outdoors. I was sceptical about the Australian Alps at first but then realised how beautiful and more accessible they are than the French Alps.”

“I like the little things, it’s a hidden village off the beaten track, designed with one rule in mind: simplicity is a luxury. When we get there we have a few drinks outside by the fire – that’s just a small part of the experience,” he said.

Mr Rupp has teamed up with Hoys Ski Hire who will provide ski deals and snowshoe hire, and food will be provided by Zirky’s with a three-course meal as part of the experience.

The Alpine Nature Experience tours will commence in late June with early bird offers to be announced soon.

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17 May 2017