Mt.Stirling Alpine Winter Camp:
Mt. Stirling’s only SKI-IN SKI-OUT ACCOMMODATION above the snow line which can be booked in advance. The Mt. Stirling Alpine Winter Camp is situated within the Snow Gum Forest, on a sheltered clearing known as the Cricket Pitch, in the permanent winter snow zone, on the Stirling Cross Country Ski Trail, at an altitude 1500 metres.
The snow gums provide a unique Australian Alpine scene and safe protective shelter The reliable snowfall remains for the entire season and the best skiing is to be had.
Up until now, leading a group, especially one comprising beginner or at best intermediate level skiers, with full overnight packs and all equipment to this area has presented an unnecessary risk. However now you can lighten the load. Clothing, sleeping bag and food is all that is required. Everything else is provided in the Alpine Camp. If you prefer we can even cater for you from our CAMP MENU, delivered to you fresh on the day you arrive. Simply order at least 4 days in advance.
Your group will arrive to a fully set up camp, dry shelter and a warm fire. If there is skiing anywhere on the mountain, it will be at your front door. PLUS trails around the Cricket Pitch are of a gentle grade and a day trip to the summit is only a few kilometres. Even a ski tour to Craig’s Hut and return is achievable for those with an intermediate or above ability level. However please plan your trip and fill in the Ski Patrol Intentions Form at TBJ on arrival. Talk to a Ski School or Ski Patrol member if in doubt. We have an excellent Resort safety record and would like to ensure your safety as best we can.
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The camp is available for individual and group hire or you may care to join us on one of our all inclusive BACK COUNTRY SKI WEEK ENDS. The Alpine Camp comprises a large central Tepee with a warming potbelly stove for social activities and dining, surrounded by 7 accommodation tents. All tents are on raised platforms with insulated flooring. Accommodation tents are tall enough to stand up in and have a vestibule for equipment storage, together with stretchers, insulated underlay and warm fibre pile blankets for 4 persons in the main living compartment. A 4-burner gas cook top, washing up facilities and water is provided in the guest shelter and composting toilets are adjacent to the Camp. The camp accommodates up to 28 persons. Tents (4 person) are available for hire. The cost is $140 per tent per night. A 2 day minimum is preferred on weekends (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday). Single night bookings on Saturday nights are charged $160 per 4 person tent. A discount is available mid-week for student outdoor education group bookings. See the RATES TABLE for further information and bookings.
Now that is about the same cost as hiring all that camping gear, but without the need to carry it. If you are contemplating camping on the mountain consider this alternative, safe, dry, warm, in the snow and great fun.
Mt.Stirling Ski School runs a number of all inclusive weekend tours and clinics using the camp as a base during the season, so contact the ski school and join in the fun. Phone (03) 57776441.
PLEASE NOTE: The Alpine Camp is a 4 kilometre ski tour or snow shoe walk from the Resort Car Park and base at Telephone Box Junction (TBJ). Free transport is available BUT only to the skiable snowline on those occasions when snow is limited at TBJ. Please come prepared with your supplies in a backpack and arrive early into the Resort (Before 1PM) to allow time to reach the camp prior to night-fall. Mt.Stirling is a cross country ski touring area, the focus is on our natural environment and there are no Ski Lifts. If in doubt please call the Mt.Stirling Ski School (+61) 03 5777 6441 or (+61) 0418 773 541.
Mt.Stirling Cross Country Ski Hire offers a complete range of metal edged touring equipment, telemark touring equipment and some alpine touring equipment for hire at discount rates for all visitors staying at the camp.