On mountain accommodation takes a lot of the stress out of planning a weekend skiing. Most mountains offer at catered or self-catered accommodation options, and the pricing is fairly good on both options.
As far as food goes, generally only dinner and breakfast are included in the catered packages, so it is a good idea to plan on taking some lunch up with you, or buy something on the day. There’s a bit of common sense when it comes to self-catered food, try and do something that doesn’t make a huge mess, or requires special equipment to prepare. You’ll be sharing a communal cooking area with all other people in the lodge, so respect and tidiness are essential.
Paying for the nights’ accommodation doesn’t excuse you from duties, along with the common courtesy things like doing your own dishes and stripping your bed, you may be assigned duties in and around the lodge. These could be clearing tables, washing dishes, or waking people up on powder days. It’s all in good spirit though, as at the end of the day you’re helping the staff get a bit of snow time as well!
Socializing happens naturally when you cram 20+ skiing and snowboarding obsessed people into an isolated mountain lodge for the night, especially on powder days when they’re discussing lines, stashes, and crashes. Just remember that you’ll be spending the night with everyone, so if you’re up late partying, you might get an early wakeup call from people going skiing!
Phone service has improved a lot in the last year, try and limit it to condition checks and photo comparing, but being constantly stuck to it takes away from the social hut life. Facebook can wait!
Porters has no official accommodation, but the Porters Ski Club has opened their own lodge at the foot of the mountain, just a few hundred meters up above the first chain bay on the access road. Porters Alpine Lodge offers bunk room style accommodation and has two outdoor bath tubs with a wood fire keeping them warm. Check out the booking details here.
Cheeseman has catered accommodation on mountain in the Snowline Lodge, just a few meters from the day lodge, and offers spectacular, uninterrupted views across the valley. At the foot of the mountain in Forest Lodge, a backpacker style accommodation with a massive central fireplace, and bunkrooms for up to 38 people. Cheeseman’s main draw card is the outdoor ice skating rink above Forest Lodge! Check out the accommodation options here.
BR offers catered and self-catered accommodation in its three lodges, opting for self-catered will set you up in Whitestar Chalet, a cosy little lodge that sleeps 20 in an open flow kitchen/lounge/sleeping area. Catered will get you into Lyndon Lodge or Broken River Lodge, a chef cooked meal (entrée to dessert!) The hidden secret at Broken River is the sauna! Jump in and recover after a hard days skiing or riding. A set of floodlights on Palmer Lodge keeps Main Basin skiable well into the night! Book your weekend away here.
CV only offers catered accommodation, but they have a couple of different options on offer including private bedrooms. They also have a few different package deals as well, combining accommodation, skiing and lessons. Two lodge’s service the mountain, Koroheke is the main lodge and has private rooms and bunkrooms in its quarters, while Matuhi sits a bit further away and offers a quiet retreat. Night skiing is available on clear nights, bring a head torch though! Book here.
While there are two lodges at Temple Basin, only the top lodge is used for general public use. Offering both catered and self-catered options, TB has prices to suit anyone. Plus their catered option includes lunch! Spend the evening playing table tennis, cards, or just hanging out, before heading back out for a spot of night skiing. Get your night booked here
If the idea of New Zealand’s highest hot tub appeals to you, then stay the night at Olympus. Sitting right on the ski field, the Top Hut sleeps 52 guests and has all the facilities you would expect from mountain accommodation including a drying room and log fire. The bar is stocked with Stoke, but is not BYO friendly. For those on a bit of a budget, the Bottom Hut sleeps 12 and sits at the base of Mt Olympus, in the morning you can roll out of bed and stick your thumb out, a ride up the mountain is almost guaranteed! Find out more here.