Perched up on the top of the main divide, this is a tremendous place to be on a sunny day. The views of Mount Rolleston across the Otira Valley are unbeatable, and from Temple Col, a few metres above the top of the upper rope tow, the Tasman Sea can be seen gleaming in the sun. Temple gets its snow from the North West storms which dump enormous amounts of precipitation onto the main divide. It is a bit of an effort to get there.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Temple Basin is located in Arthur Pass, the heart of the Southern Alps.
Because of the effort involved getting there, there is a high snow-to-skier ratio: i.e. fresh tracks for days after the dump. Temple Basin is a real Alpine environment where you literally ski from the door of the lodge, it is a great place to go to for a few days (why not make a week of it).
Effort involved getting there
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A full 2 hours drive from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass, and then about an hour walking up a steep rocky track to reach the ski area and accommodation lodges. There is a goods lift to haul your skis and packs (and six packs!)
The accommodation lodges are large and comfortable. They are a couple of minutes walk from the rope tow in the morning, and you can ski to the door in the evening. With the involvement of the Canterbury University Ski Club in the operation of the skifield, there is a good social atmosphere up there. There are 120 beds on mountain.
Day tickets are available but most people stay on mountain typical prices are.
1 Night 2 Days. Package includes meals, one nights accommodation, 2 day lift pass and tow belt hire:
The Temple Basin car park is beside State Highway 73, 4kms west of the Arthur's Pass Village. From it a well defined walking track takes you up to the Lodges and the Field. The walk takes 45 minutes in good conditions, and gives you wonderful views of the Pass and the surrounding mountains.
A free baggage lift carries your gear up for you. The lower terminal of this lift is 800m west of the Temple Basin car park along SH 73.
Avalanche instruction courses are held at Temple every year.
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There is some radical terrain through Bill’s Basin out the side of the ski area, or drop over the back into the Mingha Basin for more backcountry fun. (The lower tow is toe-side for a natural rider, and the upper tow is heel side.) It makes a lot of sense to stay up there a few days.
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