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Temple Basin Ski Field
Temple Basin Ski Field
Nutcracker ropetows
Nutcracker ropetows
Temple Basin New Zealand
Temple Basin New Zealand

Temple Basin

Temple Basin ski area is a NZ club field that has a bit of a cult following. A temple is a place of worship and Temple Basin is where the powderhound cult goes to pay their respects. The ski fanatics have to make a bit of a pilgrimage to get there, but the effort is worth it for the powder and great terrain.

Due to the hiking involved (and that’s before you even get to the first ropetow), Temple Basin is not for the unfit or unadventurous. And if you like groomed runs this isn’t the place for you either as the only grooming is that which Mother Nature provides. For those who don’t mind these minor inconveniences, the major benefit is that the caffe late set stay away and Temple Basin remains a sanctuary for like-minded fun spirited people. And considering that Temple Basin is home to the Canterbury University Snowsports Club it’s highly likely that there will be some frivolity on offer.

Ski and Snowboard Terrain Temple Basin has 320 hectares of terrain spread across four basins with excellent variety for differing abilities. There are slopes for confident beginners, quiver-in-your-boots chutes for daredevils, and everything in between. The ski area also provides a gateway to ski touring. Freestylers can delight in the natural terrain features including ¼ and ½ pipes and various lips off which to huck. For the truly brave there is also a little bit of night skiing.

The ski area is serviced by three nutcracker ropetows, one of which is ideal for nutcracker virgins. However much of the terrain is to hike-to, so powderhounds should undertake a good fitness regime before tackling Temple Basin.

Where is the Temple Basin Ski Field? Temple Basin is located in the Craigieburn Range of the Southern Alps. The carpark is beside State Highway 73, 4kms west of the Arthur’s Pass Village, which is about a 2 hour drive north-west of Christchurch, NZ. From the carpark it is a 45-60 minute uphill hike to get to the ski area. Thankfully a goods lift takes your gear up to the ski area! If you arrive during the hours when the goods lift isn’t operating (ie not Mon - Thurs 9.00am-11.30am; Friday 9.00-1.30am and 4.00-6.00pm; Sat - Sun 9.00am-midday and 4.00-6.00pm) god forbid, you’ll have to carry your make-up, curling wand and Dolce and Gabbana outfits up on your back! Maybe just pack lightly. No one will care if you wear the same outfit the whole time.

Temple Basin Accommodation and Facilities A few day trippers come to Temple Basin and stay in Christchurch, Springfield and Methven accommodation, but for longer stays there is on-mountain accommodation. The two mountain lodges are modern by NZ club field standards, are conveniently located near a rope-tow, and offer bunk style rooms at very reasonable prices. If you are motivated enough to do lots of hiking the other option is to stay in Arthur’s Pass village, but perhaps it’s better to save the hiking for when you’re at the ski area so you can access some great powder.

Facilities at Temple Basin are pretty standard for a clubbie except that they also have limited ski and snowboard rental equipment available.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Temple Basin? Temple Basin maintains the traditions of skiing by keeping it pretty simple. There’s a certain youthful charm about Temple Basin and the culture attracts athletic people who share a love of the outdoors. But the real attraction is the great ski terrain that might scare your pants off.

Tours That May Include Temple Basin

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
South Island Snow Odyssey DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
12 Days | 11 Nights | 9 Days Skiing | 8 Resorts
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USD 2,159
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Explore 8 mountains over 12 action packed days that take your far away from the commercial ski fields of Queenstown. The Odyssey tour includes the following mountains: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau and Treble Cone.
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Mint Canterbury Club Fields DETAILS
GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5-6 Days Riding
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USD 1,519
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Leave the crowds behind this winter in NZ riding the lesser known ski areas in the Canterbury Plains area. Destinations include MT HUTT, PORTERS and the iconic TEMPLE BASIN. The itinerary has some flexibility to add a day of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Neon PomPom - Canterbury Adventure DETAILS
LIFT ACCESSED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
FROM: 3 Nights | 2 Days Skiing/Riding
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USD 932
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski at some of NZ's hidden gems with experts who have an intimate knowledge of the terrain & local areas and sit back and enjoy great in-chalet hospitality every day. Just turn up and, have fun and then leave; everything else is catered for!
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Clubbie Max Pack Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE DAY TRIPS
Min group 2 people
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USD 212
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are heading to Methven this ski season and you want to explore the fabulous Canterbury Club Fields (Mt Olympus, Craigieburn, Broken River & Mt Cheeseman), book a Clubbie Max Pack Day Tour which includes driver/guide/instructor, 4x4 vehicle, lift pass, lunch, rope tow harness, avo beacon & on-mountain guiding.
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Neon PomPom - FreeSki Academy DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY FREE RIDING PROGRESSION
6 Nights | 5 Days Coaching / Guiding
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USD 2,088
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Become a safer, stronger, better off-piste freeskier or boarder with the Neon PomPom Freeski Academy! New Zealand’s first all-inclusive, privately-hosted, off-piste ski & snowboarding coaching experience. Ski NZ's epic Club Fields with options for Heli Skiing.
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