Temple Basin

Ungroomed ski and snowboarder’s paradise in Arthur’s Pass National Park, New Zealand

Temple Basin Ski Area

Temple Basin is located in the heart of the Southern Alps near Arthur’s Pass Village. Temple Basin is an unadulterated alpine experience and an off-piste paradise.

Temple Basin is known for its steep and rocky big mountain terrain.

Temple Basin is located in the heart of the Southern Alps

Near Arthur’s Pass Village. With no access road to the top, you make your way up on foot leaving your car in the car park. 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, not a bad thing as the views are worth savouring.

Mountain Info

The terrain at Temple Basin is accessed by three high speed rope tows.

Cassidy Tow runs at a slower speed on a wide open sunny slope, perfect for first time rope tow users.

Temple Tow is faster and steeper than Cassidy Tow and the best way to gain vertical credits towards Downhill Tow quickly .

Downhill Tow takes you to the ridgeline and enables you to ski or ride a variety of intermediate and advanced terrain.

Temple Basin Trail Map

Temple Basin Trail Map


Temple Basin is renowned for its steep and rocky big mountain terrain. Never fear if you’re Joe Average, there is plenty of intermediate terrain. For first timers there’s a snowy knoll to practice the basics before progressing to the wide open slopes accessed by Cassidy Tow.


Temple Basin is unique in that there is no access road to the top. Instead you leave your car at the bottom and make your way up on foot.

Approximately 800 metres west of the car park you’ll find the Goods Lift which will send your gear skyward and lighten your load. It’s a good tip to hang onto your ski poles as they make the hike a little easier. If there’s snow to low levels it’s best to phone the office for an update as crampons may be an advantage. Generally hiking boots or running shoes with an aggressive sole are suitable footwear for the track.


Come stay up the hill!! It’s great to stay in a true alpine environment even if only for a small part of the year. Don’t worry though as you’re not too far out of touch – the WiFi means you can still take that laptop (if you really feel that you must). Don’t bother packing the cell phone though, there is no reception, your phone will just be excess baggage.

The accommodation is a variety of modern bunkrooms sleeping from 4 to 10 people. All you need to bring is your own sleeping bag and a towel, Temple Basin can look after the rest including dinner, bed and breakfast for one great price.

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