Temple Basin Ski Area is a mecca for ski fanatics looking for a unique experience. Temple Basin Ski Area is a laid-back club based ski field located in the middle of the New Zealand’s Southern Alps along the Craigieburn Range surrounded by Arthur’s Pass National Park. Although all levels of skiers are welcome and there are trails for beginners, this mountain attracts skiers/boarders looking for adventure. To begin with, once you park the car, you’ll need to take a 45-60 minute uphill hike to get to Temple Basin Ski Area. Thankfully, there is a special lift just for taking your gear up. Once you make the trek to the ski area, you’ll be surrounded by friendly people and some fantastic terrain that leaves many raving about the best skiing and boarding experience of their lives.
Temple Basin Ski Area is known for steep and rocky big mountain terrain that lets Mother Nature take care of the trails. There is no grooming or snowmaking. It has 791 acres of varied terrain including 36 trails spread across four basins. Although it is a little more challenging than other mountains, beginners and intermediate skiers/snowboarders will find plenty of suitable trails. Advanced riders will find chutes, quarter pipes, kickers, and lots of off-piste riding. Temple Basin Ski Area has three high speed nutcracker-style rope tows. Beginners can look to use the Cassidy Tow which runs at a slower speed and leads to wide open trails. Temple Tow and Downhill Tow takes you to more advanced terrain. If you are willing to hike a little, you’ll have access to some excellent off-piste skiing.
The facilities at Temple Basin Ski Area are pretty standard for a club run ski area. The mountain has ski and snowboard rentals and lessons. Basic accommodations are available on the mountain. There is a variety of bunkrooms sleeping from 4 to 10 people. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and a towel. There is a chef and meals are available. Although the accommodations at Temple Basin Ski Area are basic, many people love being able to wake up on top of the mountain and the beautiful surroundings. Plus, you’ll be able to skip the hike up/down to the carpark. There are other accommodations available in Christchurch, Springfield and Methven.
Temple Basin Ski Area Notes:
- On the hike up from the carpark, keep your poles since they can help you on your hike.
- Temple Basin Ski Area is also host to avalanche awareness and mountaineering courses for all ability levels.
- Double-check the hours that the goods lift is operating. If it is not running, you’ll have to carry all of your gear on your back.
Temple Basin Ski Area Notable Trails:
- Bill's Basin and Bill's Basement are great intermediate to advanced runs providing riders with steeps, cliff bends and natural rolling hills.
Temple Basin Ski Area, NZ, Winter 2014So gooood memories, good remind before the next one!
Temple Basin skiingMusic, Kings of Leon, Familiy Tree
Temple Basin 2014First day out with the Go-Pro.
Splitfest New Zealand @ Temple BasinSeptember 14/15
Temple Basin Speedflying AccidentTemple Basin speedflying, Sunday 1 July, 2012: The plan was to fly under the wires that run across the valley.
NZ Skier TV - 09 - Ep 6 - Temple BasinThe crew meet up in Christchurch and take the stunning Tranz Alpine railway to Arthur`s Pass home of the legendary Temple Basin ski area.
A quick run down the creek at Temple BasinFirst run at Temple Basin.