Located on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, Temple Basin is a ski area like no other. Temple Basin provides total detachment from ‘life in the fast lane’ but with all the comforts of home. If you’re thinking of taking a backcountry or avalanche course there is no better place to immerse yourself in a learning environment. Temple Lodge has a fully equipped lecture room.
Temple Basin is a rewarding and exhilarating place to stay, ski and ride. Like any good reward with skiing there is usually a hike involved. A ‘gondola’ (goodslift) can be found at the base, on the main highway, but it only carries your gear. There’s no access road so the 40-60 minute hike up will get the blood pumping and legs ready for skiing and riding.
Three rope tows service the ski area. Cassidy Tow is a great option for beginners and those of intermediate ability. Temple Tow is right in front of the main accommodation lodge and has night skiing. A short traverse from the top of the Temple Tow leads you to Downhill Tow, which is nestled under Mt Temple and accesses a large sunny basin. The entire ski area is ungroomed so natural features and impressive rock formations make the skiing both challenging and rewarding.
Ski Area Stats & Map
Terrain: Beginner 15% Intermediate 50% Advanced 35%
Main Lifts: 3x Rope Tows
Top Elevation 1923m
Bottom Elevation 1493m
Skiable Terrain: 380 Hectares
Lessons & Gear Hire
Night Skiing: Conditions permitting
A beautiful 45-60 minute hike from the main highway. There is a goods lift (please check availability before departure) where you can dispatch your gear before the walk up. Tip: keep your ski poles, they come in 'handy' especially for the walk down. The goods lift is located a very short distance from where you park and the track is clearly marked.
Day Pass Rates
Adult : $60 weekend / $50 midweek
Under 18: $35
Under 13: FREE
Over 65: FREE when staying the night, Student rate for day trippers
Ski Hire & Ski School
Ski hire and lessons are available.
Ferrier Lodge at the start of the Temple Tow provides a social meeting point with a licenced bar; shelter; accommodation; and renowned restaurant quality meals. For those on a budget there is also a self-catered option and the combined bed total across two alpine lodges sleeps 120 people.
120 Beds, Catered & Self-Catered Lodge, Kitchen, Showers, Licenced Bar
Rates for Beds
Catered Per Night:
Adult: $95 weekend/$75 weekdays
Student: $85 weekend/$65 weekdays
Under18: $80 weekend/$65 weekdays
Child: $70 weekend/$60 weekdays
$45 bed accommodation only, all ages.
Weekender, lift package and lunch only rates available, all info here.
Accommodation Phone Number: +64 3 377 7788
Remote alpine setting
Cold Craft Beer