Founded in 1929, Temple Basin Ski Area is simply the rawest alpine experience of any New Zealand Ski field. Located in the heart of the Southern Alps Main Divide in Arthur’s Pass National Park, Temple Basin is a ski field like no other. There’s no sealed road to the top, there’s no road period. Send your gear up on a goods lift, leave your car at the bottom and hike up on foot. The walk will take you 40 minutes to an hour but this is a well-known filter to keep the posers away and those in the know where they want to be. The field has a reputation as a big mountain paradise, and with so many aspects receives plenty of powder stashes in every snowfall.
SKIING & RIDING
With no groomers Temple Basin is a proud off piste playground. There’s a great mix of cold shady faces and sun baked slopes, perfect for spring slushies.
There is a 'goods lift' to transport your gear to the lodges while you walk up the foot track. There is a fully stocked canteen with snacks, craft beers and locally produced wines, as well as cosy accommodation and a 'toilet with a view'.
As for accommodation, they’ve got that covered too. Ski in ski out does exist in New Zealand. Wake up on top of the world and finish a great day’s skiing with a cold drink and a hot meal.
Temple Basin is a club operated ski field employing trained professionals to manage and run the mountain. The club members welcome all to come visit.