Temple Basin is one of New Zealand's most successful club fields, tucked away as it is in an enviable position just 153 kms from Christchurch.
Located under Mount Temple on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, Temple Basin is sited in the middle of Arthur's Pass National Park in the spectacular South Island.
This favourable position means it collects and holds more snow than most other fields....and can claim better snow depths, better snow and longer seasons than other club fields.
Not only that, but, because the slopes face North, it is Canterbury's sunniest ski area and can boast long skiing days well into dusk.
With the introduction of on-field lighting, night skiing has been made possible too. In fact, the field has no set hours of operation- just the promise of great skiing and snowboarding at every opportunity.
You'd think that such a field with great skiing and snowboarding, low prices, good snow and good weather would be crowded out but it's just the opposite. Because it is only accessible by a 50 minute walk from the carpark (albeit through some wonderful scenery) many skiers and snowboarders have not ventured onto the mountain.
Yet it claims excellent facilities. There's a goodslift to take your gear and supplies up to the field, full rental shop, rope tows to service the four main areas and two lodges with ample accommodation for those enjoying a skiweek or casual stay.
Because there is electricity on the field, there is the luxury of hot showers and large modern kitchens to cook up hearty meals to compensate for all the energy exerted in the day.
Day rates are only a fraction of those charged at commercial fields, and skiweeks (where food and accommodation on the field is all included) are exceptionally good value.