Charlotte Pass

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Charlotte Pass Village
Resort Summary
Resort Name Charlotte Pass
Location Near Jindabyne in Southern New South Wales
Resort Altitude 1765m
Winter Season June - October
Terrain Overall: 50ha
Beginner: 30%
Intermediate: 50%
Advanced: 20%
Lift System 5 (1 Triple Chair / 1 T-Bar / 2 Pomas / 1 Carpet )
Highest Lift 1954m
Lowest Lift 1765m
Vertical 189m
Longest Run 500m
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks 2 (Free Ride Terrain Park & Charlottes Play Park)
Snow Sports downhill skiing, boarding, snow shoeing, cross country, telemark, skidoos
Facilities bars (3), restaurant (1), child care, supermarket, ski hire, ski school
Nearest Town Jindabyne (40km)
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $413
Adult 1 Day $89
Child 5 Day $248
Child 1 Day $53


Overview 

Charlotte Pass is unique for a number of reasons, it is the only snowbound resort in Australia. To get to the ski resort you have to use the oversnow transport from Perisher Valley since that is the only way in! Charlotte Pass also owns the record for the lowest temperature ever recorded in Australia, a chilly temperature of -23 degrees Celsius.

Location

Pros

Charlotte Pass is a great place to ski as it isn't overcrowded and because it has the most snow usually in Australia. It has wonderful food (delicious at brekkie) and the lifties are cool. The ski school, has a wide range of people from Canada, USA, England, and of course the Aussies. The Chalet has exceptional staff, service, food, and accommodation. With a limited numbers of guests allowed in the village at any one time, you are guaranteed in won't be overcrowded. Also, surrounded by only national park, the views are spectacular and wild.

Cons

  • Charlotte Pass doesn't have an extensive terrain park and could be a little mundane for the skier looking for huge thrills and speed. Being a family resort, it is better suited to family adventures than pro skiers.
  • Runs are quite short, although as lift lines are non-existent this is not a real problem.
  • There is not much variety and, after a week, you have skied or boarded every run lots and lots and lots of times.

Contacts

Phone: 02 6457 5247 Fax: 02 6457 5914 Email: ski@charlottepass.com.au

Postal: PO Box 79 Charlotte Pass NSW 2624


Planning

Getting There

The only way to get to Charlotte Pass in winter is by oversnow transport from Perisher. The oversnow shuttle leaves from the main Perisher Centre and costs $75 return but this is often packaged into your accommodation.

Summer time offers a nice drive to Charlotte's on a bitumen road.

Accommodation

On Mountain

The Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel offers excellent accommodation and food, and may other facilities to entertain the family and look after you on your holiday. The staff will go out of their way to assist their guests in all aspects of their snow holiday.

The Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel



Arlberg Ski Club

Arlberg Ski Club has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere make Arlberg a wonderful holiday for the whole family. The lodge offers skiing to the door and is fully catered with 3 meals a day from their wonderful live in chef. All bedrooms have ensuites, the lodge has large common and separate kids rooms with a view of the whole valley. After a good days skiing, guests can relax by the central fireplace while kids play upstairs, enjoy a spa & sauna, or walk across the road to the chalet for a drink. The Arlberg ski club comes highly recommended, and tends to book up quickly.

Off Mountain

Jindabyne is about the only option here and day trip up via the Skitube and then catch the oversnow transport up for the day.

Charlotte Pass also offers day trips from Perisher. They include oversnow transport, lift tickets and lunch.

Lift Tickets

Daily Lift Tickets are available starting from $89 per adult and $53 per child in Standard Season and $69 per adult and $42 per child in off peak Season.

Ski School

Offers a range of learning programs including private lessons, group lessons, a think ladies program and racing training. I 1.5hr group lesson costs $65 and 5 1.5hr group lessons cost $180. A 1hr private costs $125.

Equipment Hire

Ski, snowboard and clothing hire is available on mountain.


Resort Facilities

Getting Around

The village is small, and there is no problem walking from place to place.

All accommodation is at the bottom of a bowl and is ski in/out. However if the Gutheries Pomma is closed, a short walk is required up to the other lifts.

Parking

As there is no road access to the resort during winter, there is no parking. There is also no overnight parking at Perisher. Parking is available at the bottom of the Skitube at Bullocks Flat. From Perisher, guests need to catch the over snow transport to Charlotte Pass.

Activities

Hiking 

Walks out to Blue Lake or along the main range.

Downhill Skiing 

Excellent family resort with a safe bowl that can be monitored from back at your lodge. Crowds are small so things rarely mogul up and the skiing is for beginners through to stronger intermediates. Kangaroo Ridge and Guthries can hold freshies for 48 hours after a storm if you go looking.

Cross Country Skiing 

Charlotte's has a thriving cross country community. It is ideally suite for access to the main range across the Snowy, or via the Summit Road up to Kosciuszko. Backcountry and snowshoe tours are also offered.

Dining

There are only 2 commercial hotels at Charlotte's, the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel and Stillwell lodge. Both do dinner and lunch (as well as breakfast for guests). Accommodation at either includes meals. There are also a handful of club lodges, some of which are self catering, and some provide food. Some are only open to club members, while others accept commercial bookings when space allows.

Bars & Entertainment

The Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel offers two excellent bars. Sip cocktails in front of the blazing log fire in the Charlotte Adams Cocktail Bar or head down to the Cellar Bar for an excellent coffee, a game of pool or a schooner of beer.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Almost all of the terrain is suited to beginners.

Groomed Runs

There is at least one groomed run of all lifts and due to the lower traffic it is usually groomed a bit softer than the main resorts which makes for great carving early. The Kosciuszko Triple Chair offers the longest groomers and has a range of standards off it. There is something for everyone but the dare devils may have to search a bit harder than they are used to and even be required to do some boot packing.

Off Piste

The main off piste areas are to the wide right and left of the resort. Guthries offers quite a bit of off piste skiing and with some hiking even a small chute or two. There is some great tree skiing out this way as well. The other side of the resort of Kangaroo Ridge head wide skiers right and off behind the lodges and ski down through the trees for a great off piste experience.

Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

Cross country heaven on the nearby main range.

Parks & Pipes

Charlotte Pass has 2 parks, the Free Ride Terrain Park and the Charlotte's Play Park for the kids.

Bumps

Due to the lower skier numbers bumps are few and far between at Charlotte's. The grooming is softer so they are easier to form but there really isn't the volume of people to build up any decent ones. Most (if any) occur in the middle run, skiers left off Pulpit T-bar.

Powder Zones

The main powder zones at Charlotte's are wide off either end lift (Kangaroo Ridge or Guthries). Like all lifted powder areas if you want the powder next to the lift you have to be out early but as the day progresses you can steadily track out wider with each run and often pick up freshies for the entire day tracking just one run wider each time.

Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

Being a snowbound village all winter there is no shortage of snow to play in however if you are looking for tobogganing then don't bother as it isn't catered for.

Other

Weather

Higher altitude means less rain and more snow, especially in spring.

Geography

Charlotte Pass is Australia's highest resort with a base elevation of 1765m.

History

Charlotte Pass is Australia's first ski resort, established in the early 1900's. A very readable resort history is: Rick Walkom. Skiing off the roof: the Kosciusko Chalet at Charlotte Pass and its place in the history of the Australian snowfields. Arlberg Press, 1991. Reprinted by Tabletop Press, 2000.

Thredbo to Charlotte Pass Chairlift

Resources

Maps

Australian Ski Resort Maps