Charlotte Pass is the highest resort in Australia, and is only accessible by oversnow transport from Perisher Valley, so the best option if you’re driving is to park (for free) at Bullocks Flat and ride the Ski Tube there. Words: Deborah Dickson Smith.
It has a feeling of exclusivity – being as it is geographically, so cut-off from the outside world. Our accommodation here is in the historic Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel. Built in 1938, it has that real old-school ski-lodge feel to it, with grand open fireplaces and a tuxedo-clad pianist in the après-ski bar.
It’s also a small resort, which had its advantages when skiing with kids. With wide open green and blue runs a short skid away from the hotel, you can more or less give them the run of the mountain without fear of them getting lost.
(Maybe just declare Guthries high-speed poma, and the awesome black runs it takes you to: out of bounds).
Although the resort is small, it has some great high speed runs through the trees and with fresh powder it’s got plenty to satisfy adrenaline junkies too. And there are no queues at the lifts.
There are still some great package deals to be found here this winter – and in September kids stay, eat and ski free.
For information on all Aussie ski resorts, the Snow Australia website is a really good resource. It’s got video guides and links to all the resorts, snow reports, snow cams and the latest deals.
Deborah’s first trip with a bub of 4 months involved a 26-hour flight with no sleep, which is exactly when she realised travelling would never be the same. This has only been further confirmed as her family has grown. She’s lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and is now reasonably settled in Sydney’s northern beaches with her Brady Bunch-style combined family of seven — all seasoned travellers.