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Temple Basin

Resort Info

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Vital stats
3
no. of lifts
N/A
longest run
320ha
skiable area
1753m
Top Elevation
1326m
Base
427m
Vertical
11m
average snowfall
Season
  • Expected Opening: N/A
  • Expected Closing: N/A
Terrain
25% Beginner
50% Intermediate
25% Advanced

Temple Basin is a high alpine ski-field that sits right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, in the middle of Arthur's Pass National Park, surrounded by magnificent mountains. It is a club field, which means a casual and friendly atmosphere with no lift queues.

Temple Basin tips:

Temple Basin has 320 hectares of skiable terrain with a vertical rise of 430m. Temple Basin Ski Area covers a great variety of terrain spread over four separate basins. There are gentle slopes for complete beginners, adrenalin-pumping challenges for the expert, and everything in between. There are 3 nutcracker rope tows and one fixed grip learner tow that service an unlimited number of runs. There is a natural terrain park through Bills Basin with chutes, bowls and natural half pipes. There is also night skiing where the main tow is flood lit.

Because of its position on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, Temple Basin receives its snow from the westerly quarter, and often has more snow than other areas. It also faces the northwest therefore it gets all-day sun. The average season snowfall is 11.5 metres!

There are two comfortable lodges that can sleep up to 120 people. These are the only residential buildings in the area and are situated right beside the main tow. The lodge provides everything you need for an enjoyable snow experience. The field specialises in packages which include all meals, accommodation and lift passes. The on-mountain bar offers plenty of great wines and delicious craft beers. Temple Basin also has full rental facilities available with a range of gear for every ability.

There’s no road to Temple Basin, it’s a 400m vertical hike to the lodges through Arthur’s Pass National Park. The hike normally takes 40min – 1hr depending of fitness. But, you do not have to carry your gear up the mountain, there is a goods-lift. It is located on the main road, 800m from the Temple Basin car park, where a lift operator will help you free of charge

Temple Basin Tips:

  1. Temple has a cult-like status in the club field scene, you have to stay a while to ‘get it’.
  2. There are no groomers or snow making to ruin powder stashes – It's as nature intended.
  3. The ski in and ski out lodges are rustic but very comfortable and feature drying rooms and hot showers.
  4. Temple Basin sets aside specific weeks/weekends just for families and offer packages for a fun family getaway. Check out the dates and availability on their website or give them a call
  5. Check out the events that Temple Basin put on, which includes a University Student ski and snowboard week. The prices are affordable and include a student discount and the packages are unbelievable. Grab some friends and head up to a lodge for a fun-filled stay on the mountain
Temple Basin lifts & facilities
  • 3 x Rope Tows
  • Ski school
  • Restaurant/cafe
  • Ski in/out lodging
  • Bar
  • Gear rental
Temple Basin lift pass prices
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$60
1/2 Day
-
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
$98
Lift, lesson & rental
$138
Student ()
2 Day
-
1 Day
$55
1/2 Day
-
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Youth/Child (Under 18)
2 Day
-
1 Day
$35
1/2 Day
-
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
$73
Lift, lesson & rental
$113
Child (Under 13)
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Senior (Over 65)
2 Day
-
1 Day
$55
1/2 Day
-
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Super Senior ()
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$60
1/2 Day
-
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
$98
Lift, lesson & rental
$138
Student ()
-
$55
-
-
-
-
-
Youth/Child (Under 18)
-
$35
-
-
-
$73
$113
Child (Under 13)
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Senior (Over 65)
-
$55
-
-
-
-
-
Super Senior ()
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Getting to Temple Basin
Christchurch International Airport , 144 km
Closest major airport
Arthur's Pass , 3 km
Closest town
Walking Access only ,
Access road
Chain hire
Mountain shuttle
Temple Basin is located near Arthur's Pass Village in the heart of the Southern Alps. Access to the ski area is via State Highway 73 which is sealed right up to the carpark.

The drive from Christchurch to the Temple Basin car park takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. A 40-50 minute walk from the car park is needed to reach the ski area lodges.

A free goods lift is available to transport your belongings up to the lodges. This is located 800m along State Highway 73 from the car park (towards the West Coast).