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 Alpine Nature Experience’s delicious Cheese Fondue

Alpine Nature Experience’s delicious Cheese Fondue [©Georgie James]

Alpine Nature Experience’s – night view of the Eco Snow Dome
Inside Alpine Nature Experience’s Eco Snow Dome
Alpine Nature Experience’s Eco Snow Dome
Mulled wine is  part of Alpine Nature Experience’s Snowshoe to Cheese Fondue tour


Enjoy a memorable night in the snow from the comfort of a snowdome!

Building on its first year’s success, this season Alpine Nature Experience in NE Victoria will extend its offering to include:

  • Snowshoe to cheese fondue experience
  • Exclusive accommodation in snowdomes
  • Scenic Skimobile tour

Alpine Nature Experience will also offer packages to enable customers to extend their stay and indulge in spa treatments and local brewery tours.

This winter you don’t have to ski or be intrepid to discover the beauty of the Australian Alps. On Mount Hotham, Alpine Nature Experience will offer a truly unique experience: spending an intimate and adventurous night in the snow.

Founder Jean-Francois Rupp will take you on an evening snowshoe adventure through the snow gums to reach his hidden eco-village and central tipi, where he’ll assist you to prepare your own French cheese fondue, then bid you goodnight for a cosy night’s sleep in the heated, sustainable snowdomes.

Jean-François has spent several months working with local designers, timber engineers and upholsterers to conceive a truly unique product. His new sleep-stay snowdomes are sustainably built with one idea in mind: simplicity is a luxury.

Hailing from the heart of the French alps, Jean-Francois has always wanted to encourage others to discover the beauty of the mountains and experience the snow. Since relocating to Australia in late 2014, he has been looking for the chance to share his passion for the outdoors and alpine activities.

“At first I was sceptical of the term 'Alps' in Australia, but I love the mountains here, they are more accessible than in France and have an untouched feeling to them”. Mount Hotham was a clear standout for his project due to the striking beauty of the mountain, snow reliability and overall atmosphere.

Jean-Francois hopes to attract first timers to the snow, families, seminars and school groups.

“For me the snow is about much more than skiing, it’s about the beauty of the scenery, the food, and surrounding yourself in nature” he said.

Collaborating with Snow Stuff Park, Hoys Skis, local restaurants and suppliers, Alpine Nature Experience has received a warm welcome from resort management and local businesses who are keen to see their customers catered for in a new way.

Alpine Nature Experience will operate from Wednesday the 20th of June 2018.


  • Legends, Wine and High Country (NE Victoria) (VIC)

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