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




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!


Twynam South Face

A great run to assess the conditions before dropping into the Blue Lake area

The Amphitheatre

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.

The Scimitar

Following a narrow gully running down from Twynam, The Scimitar plummets down for over 400 metres of vertical to Watson's Creek

The Triple A

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.

The Avalanche Face

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

Strzelecki Creek Run

Strzelecki Creek drops sharply granting an absolutely breathtaking view of the Sentinel before plunging westwards into some of the best terrain in Australia.

South Sentinel Ridge

Often loaded with snow, consistent fall lines and about 400 metres of vertical down into James Macarthur Creek

Ant Ridge

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

Walter's Gully

Featuring a large, steep rugged outcrop on the West slopes, steep long lines down to Strzelecki Creek

Twynam Northeast Spur

The northeastern spur off Mt Twynam follows a gentle gradient for around 2 km to the base of Mt Anderson