Stargazers treated themselves to a spectacular night at the Charlotte Pass ski resort in New South Wales
Stargazers are treated to clear skies and spectacular views of the Milky Way from a popular ski resort.
The Milky Way has been visible for several nights in Charlotte Pass, a snow resort and village in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.
Another clear Friday night provided the striking space view from Australia’s highest ski resort.
Pictured: Spectacular images of the Milky Way were taken after a series of clear nights in the Charlotte Pass ski area
The stargazing opportunity coincided with NSW school holidays and visiting families took advantage of the view Friday
The Charlotte Pass snow resort and village in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales is Australia’s highest ski resort
Breathtaking photos captured the bright stars of the Milky Way glowing over the resort’s chairlifts and snowfields
Visitors wandering through Kosciuszko National Park were rewarded with picturesque scenes of the Milky Way containing the Earth’s solar system.
The height of Charlotte’s Pass combined with the bright winter night made for a rare glimpse into a handful of billions of stars in the Milky Way.
The ski area is the nearest village to the Kosciuszko mountain and has a peak height of 1,964 meters.
Breathtaking images captured the bright stars glowing over the ski fields and clusters of galaxies shining above the chair lifts.
Starry Night arrived just in time for the NSW school holidays and treated visiting families to a unique stargazing opportunity.
NSW students return to school on Monday 20 July.
The Charlotte Pass ski resort also takes advantage of the cold winter weather and snow making at night to improve skiing conditions.
The bright stars and galaxy clusters painted a striking image against the Charlotte Pass chairlifts
The ski resort in Kosciuszko National Park is the nearest village to Mount Kosciuszko and has a peak height of 1,964 m
The resort, which has 24 ski routes, has implemented a COVID Safe Operating Plan to maintain compliance with government regulations.
“Charlotte Pass Snow Resort has put in place a set of wellness measures to give our visitors peace of mind for their snow holiday in 2020,” the resort said in a statement.
The ski resort will enforce social distances by distance markings of 1.5 meters on floors and information posters in public facilities.
A maximum of one guest is allowed per chairlift, unless people live together.
Group and individual classes will also be available with limited classes to ensure physical distance.
The Charlotte Pass ski area is open for the winter ski season and operates on a corona virus plan
The resort takes advantage of the cold winter weather and makes snow at night to improve skiing conditions
The ski area will enforce social distances with 1.5 meter distance markings on floors and a limit of one person per lift
All food and beverage outlets are open and meet government guidelines for one customer per four square meters.
Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the resort and staff will undergo daily temperature checks.
NSW ski resorts have been able to operate under government coronavirus guidelines, but popular Victorian ski resorts have recently been forced to close.
The ski resorts of Victoria’s Mt Hotham and Falls Creek are closed until August 19 as the state enters a new round of coronavirus infections.
Vail Resorts, owner of the two resorts and Perisher in NSW, says the decision to suspend the ski lift operations is “consistent with current instructions for staying at home” following sharp increases in new cases in recent weeks.
“We have not taken this decision lightly, knowing that our employees, guests and the communities in which we operate have endured so many hardships this year,” said Pete Brulisauer, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Resorts Australia.
“We recognize that this is incredibly disappointing for our guests and cardholders, including those who have made reservations this season in Hotham and Falls Creek,” he said in a statement Thursday.
Mr. Brulisauer said Perisher will remain open and will not be affected by the decision, which operates in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.
Group and individual classes will also be available at Charlotte Pass with limited group sizes to ensure physical distance