Ski In, Ski Out
Posted by Rahana Jarvis 17 August
At the Ski Selwyn Six Mountains you have the option to stay right on the slopes. With the snow continuing to fall this is a great season to book in and make the most of on-mountain hospitality. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil getaway or epic party, you can’t beat watching the sun rise from a cozy lodge, ahead of a fun day of skiing or boarding.
There are also some great events coming up, such as local legend Mel Parsons performing at Temple Basin in September.
The Porters Lodge is 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. Book 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! Book 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 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, usually 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. Book 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 well stocked, 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. Book here.