Charlotte Pass

The highest snow resort in Australia is Charlotte Pass. You’ll find a wonderful range of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing adventures, from downhill runs to terrain parks, including a children’s play park with mini jumps. Snowshoed adventurers can ascend Australia’s highest peak.

In the magnificent Kosciuszko National Park, Charlotte Pass is home to the 1930-built Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, a ski-in ski-out hotel. You can admire Mount Kosciuszko from the historic hotel and other ski-in ski-out accommodation options at the snow resort, which is also the nation’s oldest.

Ski lesson in Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass is named after Charlotte Adams, the first European woman to reach the top of Mount Kosciuszko in February 1881. A snowbound wonderland from early June to early October, the ski resort is only accessible by over-snow transport from the Skitube railway terminal in Perisher Valley.

Skiers and snowboarders will be thrilled with the wide range of downhill runs, from the gentle Easy Starter for beginners to the adrenaline-pumping Guthries Chutes for the experienced. There are lessons available from professional instructors and an all-day kids program for three to 12-year-olds.

Apres Ski at the Charlotte Pass Snow Resort - Kosciuszko National Park

For a starry experience, enjoy night skiing and boarding Wednesdays and Saturdays. The sunrises are glorious, too. On the Mount Stilwell experience, the over-snow Pisten Bully vehicle takes you up the mountain to watch a sunrise and then you ski or board on the pristine first run before the lifts open.

There are cross-country trails, and experienced alpine adventurers can trek on snowshoes or cross-country skis to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s rooftop where the views of the NSW Snowy Mountains are stunning. There are no snow poles marking the snow-covered summit track.

Before a mountaintop trek or other backcountry and off-piste adventures, please read these alpine safety tips carefully. There are guided tours in the national park, such as K7 Adventures, to Mount Kosciuszko’s peak, which stands at 2,228 metres. Charlotte Pass is at 1,765 metres above sea level.

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    Friday 29 June 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Snow Series is back. With a tonne of cash and prizes as well as the overall Snow Series title, there is a category for everyone. First stop, the Rails event at the new location of Cruiser Terrain Park. Grab your skis or snowboar…

    29 Jun
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    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Perisher Valley

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    Tuesday 10 July 2018 to Saturday 21 July 2018 , Thredbo

    The Interschools Snowsports Championships encourages students of all abilities and levels to compete for their school in a competitive snowsports competition. Students can compete in up to seven snow sports disciplines for skiers and snowb…

    10 Jul - 21 Jul