High Altitude Training Accommodation
Altitude Training Accommodation – Mt Hotham Arrabri Ski Club.
Arrabri Ski Club are one of the preferred accommodation providers for many elite sporting groups including football, rugby and netball clubs along with our armed forces who use our Lodge as the perfect base for pre season high altitude training camps.
Our booking officer is a long standing senior Hotham ski patroller and has a thorough knowledge of the tracks, trails and terrain Mt Hotham and Mt Feathertop has to offer and can advise on some great locations to conduct your teams high altitude training.
Image below, VFL Casey Demons 2017 Altitude Camp Arrabri Ski Club Mt Hotham.
Why do so many elite sporting clubs using high altitude training?
Altitude training is the practice by some endurance athletes of training for several days or weeks at high altitude, preferably over 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level, though more commonly at intermediate altitudes due to the shortage of suitable high-altitude locations. Mt Hotham’s peak is 1861 metres above sea level. At intermediate altitudes, the air still contains approximately 20.9% oxygen, but the barometric pressure and thus the partial pressure of oxygen is reduced.
Depending very much on the protocols used, the body may acclimate to the relative lack of oxygen in one or more ways such as increasing the mass of red blood cells and hemoglobin, or altering muscle metabolism. Proponents claim that when such athletes travel to competitions at lower altitudes they will still have a higher concentration of red blood cells for 10–14 days, and this gives them a competitive advantage. Some athletes live permanently at high altitude, only returning to sea level to compete, but their training may suffer due to less available oxygen for workouts.
Altitude training can be simulated through use of an altitude simulation tent, altitude simulation room, or mask-based hypoxicator system where the barometric pressure is kept the same, but the oxygen content is reduced which also reduces the partial pressure of oxygen. Hypoventilation training, which consists of reducing the breathing frequency while exercising, can also mimic altitude training by significantly decreasing blood and muscle oxygenation. (Source Wikipedia).
Mount Hotham is the highest village mountain in Victoria at 1861 metres and Mt Feathertop next door to us is 1922 metres and offers some incredible training terrain including the Razorback trail.
Hotham is 1861 metres (6109 ft) above sea level.
Falls Creek 1780 metres – (81 metres lower than Hotham).
Mt Buller 1780 metres – (81 metres lower than Hotham).
Dinner Plain 1570 metres – (291 metres lower than Hotham).
Baw Baw 1567 metres – (294 metres lower than Hotham).
Altitude Ideas for training.
Trail running across the regions extensive network of access trails. See more detail here on Trail Running around Mt Hotham.
Run Hotham to Dinner Plain and return.
Ride Hotham to Dinner Plain and return.
Walk or run from Hotham to Mt Feather Top (1922 metres) via the Razorback return in a day. Detail on walking or trail running the Razorback can be found here.
Hike, bush walk or trail run the iconic 25km Mt Hotham to Falls Creek alpine trail.
Bushwalk one of Hotham’s perimeter trails in the Alpine National Park. E.g. 17km return – level – hard. Mt Hotham trail map available here. Lots of walking or trailing running the trails of Mt Hotham here.
Our lodge has all the features required by groups or individual families including;
- Large drying room that can used for additional storage space for your kit.
- Coded front door for security.
- Six large bedrooms that contain four double beds and seperate ensuite.
- Spacious commercial kitchen with modern appliances.
- Commercial cool room that will accomodate your groups food.
- Large dining room that can be configured in a number ways to accommodate your needs.
- Spacious lounge room with plenty of room for your group.
- Games room with monitor for DVD’s and Nintendo console.
- Second lounge room including pool table.
- Free WiFi and Netflix.
- Located right on the Great Alpine Road at Mt Hotham.
- Our lodge has incredible views of the Alpine National Park and is located at Australia’s highest alpine village.
Let’s make it happen.
Contact our booking manager now to discuss your sporting club, squad or platoons dates and any other information you need to plan your groups training camp.
We can also book your large group into adjoining lodges if extra accommodation is required.
1800 651 451
26 Davenport Drive, Hotham Heights, Victoria Australia 3741.