Charlotte Pass


Australians are very sentimental about Charlotte Pass, their country’s first ski resort. It was established at the turn of the 20th century and has remained an exclusive and well loved resort ever since. Not only is it the country’s highest ski resort, it is also the only snowbound resort in Australia. This means that the only way to reach it is by over-snow transport from Perisher Valley.

The elevation ensures that Charlotte Pass receives the first and last snowfalls of the season and as a result, its skiing season runs from late June to late September. Visitors to this lovely secluded resort arrive by Snow Cats which operate from Perisher Valley. You can be sure of empty slopes and natural skiing in a warm and friendly atmosphere as only six hundred guests are allowed to visit this historic little ski resort at any time. You will be utterly charmed by its pristine snow, ski in and out accommodation and line free chair lifts.

Despite its relative isolation Charlotte Pass offers everything you could possibly want from a ski vacation. You will find a range of chalets and lodges to suit all budgets, a ski school, and ski equipment on hire. The quantity and quality of natural snow promises plenty of fun on the slopes that are mainly geared for beginners and intermediate level skiers. Two of the five chairlifts take you up to the main ridge of the mountain. This is the site to enjoy the pleasures of challenging tree skiing or to take on the wide groomed trails or chutes. There is plenty of untouched powder to explore with interesting drop-offs and plenty of groomed runs that makes skiing in Charlotte Pass suitable for all levels.

One the chief attractions of the Charlotte Pass ski resort is its limitless cross country skiing. You can go on for miles and probably ski to the other resorts in the region if you want to go on. Kosciusko Chalet is the best place to stay at Charlotte Pass and it has been around as long as the resort itself. This is the best place for getting together and socializing with other skiers for après-ski activities.