Traverse Hotham’s sunset snowshoe tours are a must do if you want to see a lot more of the place says Dave Windsor.
To deepen my appreciation of Hotham’s beauty 9 year old Jack and I headed off piste, for an outstanding sunset snowshoe adventure with the highly knowledgeable and affable Glen Clark from Traverse Hotham.
“Our focus is to explore and introduce people to the 99% of our amazing alpine environment that 99% of people never actually see,” explains Glen, who splits his time between Hotham and Nozawa Onsen, Japan, “Through snowshoeing and Nordic skiing there is a hell of a lot ought there to experience beyond the ropes, lifts and crowds.”
Within minutes we escape the hum of the cars, buses and village and gradually ascend a meandering trail through the snow gums. Glen arranges the gear from Hoys Skis and leads our group of 7 to an almost secret lookout to enjoy the setting sun and provided a “sunset surprise” upon arrival.
Glen’s a fountain of knowledge and happily shares his deep knowledge about Hotham’s history, fauna, flora and topography. From stories about Bill Spargo to the native Mountain Pigmy Possums and pointing out Mount Higginbotham, Golden Point, Mount Tabletop and the expansive Dargo Valley.
The 90 minute, 1.5km walk is easy, informative and incredibly relaxed. The environment, journey and scenery are spectacular and highly recommended.
“That was amazing,” agreed Sarah and Marlie, a pair of UK backpackers, “it’s so nice to get out where it’s more untouched. It was such a beautiful sunset and so unexpected. We loved the views and it was such a magical experience.”
Glen offers other guided snowshoe tours including a day long Hotham to Dinner Plain expedition along with Nordic ski tours and backcountry tours. More info traversehotham.com.au.
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