"Charlotte Pass Village" Kosciuszko National Park Off The Beaten Path Tip by Intrepidduck
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Although skiing as a leisure activity began in the 1860s at the Kiandra goldfields it was at Charlotte Pass where the ski resort had it's origins for Australia, back in the early 1930s. This was with the construction of the Kosciusko Chalet by the NSW Government Tourist Office and as the winter base for various ski clubs. The first chalet burnt down in 1937, however the following year a new and larger establishment was constructed and remains today. It was also at Charlotte Pass where the first sucessful mechanical ski lift was installed in the mid 1930s. While resort development boomed in the decades following the second world war Charlotte Pass grew very slowly until the 1970s, however it remains a small skiing resort compared to Thredbo Village and Perisher Valley.
Interestingly Charlotte Pass is Australia's highest ski village at 1830m and where the coldest temperature has been recorded minus 22 Celsius. Charlotte Pass is the only "snowbound" resort during the winter season, access is only by snow cat vehicle adding to the secluded mountain atmosphere. Like most ski villages in Australia there are a number of clubs associated to it's community, management and function.