Guidebook

Australia's Hidden Diamond : Charlotte Pass Ski Tours

Nestled in between Australia's 2 best known ski resorts is an absolute gem of a ski touring area!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Ski touring isn't the first activity which springs to mind when you think about Australia, and even those who are aware of the country's snowier parts are unlikely to have heard of Charlotte Pass. Sitting in between Perisher and Thredbo and at the end of a dead-end road, Charlotte Pass isn't the kind of place you stumble across.

If you do make the effort to visit the region you'll be well compensated for your efforts because you'll have some wonderful ski touring peaks all to yourself. The area north of Charlotte Pass ski area is accessed by a scenic skin up Mount Twynam which, at 2196 metres, is only 33 metres short of being the highest peak in Australia. Once on the summit of Twynam options abound - either ski the snow-sure south facing bowl directly below the summit or continue over to Tenison Woods Knowl, from where you can access a dozen or so brilliant freeride lines.

So if you're keen to escape the lifts, restaurants and crowds, and want some brilliant skiing as well, head to Charlotte Pass!

Charlotte's Pass to Twynam Access

Charlotte's Pass to Twynam Access

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
3 - 4 hrs
6.8 km
740 m
389 m
21 °
A beautiful ski tour across to Twynam
Moderate
Private
Twynam South Face
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Twynam South Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
298 m
19 °
SW
1 m
1.6 km
A great run to assess the conditions before dropping into the Blue Lake area
Moderate
Private
The Amphitheatre
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The Amphitheatre

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
299 m
35 °
S
0 m
1.1 km
Collecting a huge amount of snow, this area holds the snow really late into the season and The Amphitheatre is a lovely set of chutes.
Severe
Private
Centre Gully
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Centre Gully

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
283 m
27 °
SW
0 m
1.1 km
The easiest line down to Blue Lake
Moderate
Private
Blue Lake to Charlotte's Pass Access

Blue Lake to Charlotte's Pass Access

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
1 - 2 hrs
3.7 km
51 m
273 m
16 °
The return home from Blue Lake to Charlotte's Pass
Easy
Private
The Scimitar
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The Scimitar

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
436 m
32 °
NW
1 m
1.3 km
Following a narrow gully running down from Twynam, The Scimitar plummets down for over 400 metres of vertical to Watson's Creek
Difficult
Private
The Triple A
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The Triple A

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
430 m
39 °
NW
1 m
1.3 km
Offering some of the greatest continuous fall line in Australia, The Triple A is fantastic in Spring, holding a consistent pitch all the way through.
Difficult
Private
The Avalanche Face
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The Avalanche Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
393 m
28 °
W
0 m
1.2 km
Dropping South West of Tenison Woods Knoll, this provides a fairly open face with a variety of lines on offer leading down to Strzelecki Creek
Difficult
Private
Strzelecki Creek Run
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Strzelecki Creek Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
264 m
36 °
W
0 m
0.9 km
Strzelecki Creek drops sharply granting an absolutely breathtaking view of the Sentinel before plunging westwards into some of the best terrain in Australia.
Difficult
Private
Sentinel Ridge
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Sentinel Ridge

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
283 m
25 °
W
29 m
1.6 km
One of the most picturesque lines you will ever do.
Moderate
Private
South Sentinel Ridge
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South Sentinel Ridge

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
314 m
37 °
S
0 m
0.7 km
Often loaded with snow, consistent fall lines and about 400 metres of vertical down into James Macarthur Creek
Difficult
Private
Ant Ridge
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Ant Ridge

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
507 m
44 °
SW
0 m
1.0 km
Falling away to the west of Tenison Woods Knoll, it acts as the western boundary of The Avalanche Face, heading steeply down to Strzelecki Creek
Severe
Private
Walter's Gully
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Walter's Gully

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
402 m
32 °
W
0 m
0.9 km
Featuring a large, steep rugged outcrop on the West slopes, steep long lines down to Strzelecki Creek
Severe
Private
Watsons Creek Run A
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Watsons Creek Run A

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
302 m
35 °
NW
0 m
0.6 km
The most common run into the Watsons Creek Bowl
Difficult
Private
Watsons Creek Run B
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Watsons Creek Run B

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
375 m
42 °
NE
7 m
1.1 km
Dropping down into Watsons Creek, keeping skiers left of the creek
Difficult
Private
Twynam Northeast Spur
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Twynam Northeast Spur

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
270 m
22 °
N
0 m
1.4 km
The northeastern spur off Mt Twynam follows a gentle gradient for around 2 km to the base of Mt Anderson
Moderate
Private