Day 3: Springfield to Craigieburn | Mt Olympus/Temple Basin
Today, depending on weather conditions, we’ll head to either Mt Olympus or Temple Basin.
Mt Olympus ski area is also known as ‘the playground of the gods’. The area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.
From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide, open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!
Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and lattes at home.
Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), Temple (faster and steeper) and Downhill (ridgeline and advanced terrain).
We can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular backcountry area of Mingha Valley. And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink and dinner (included) at the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.
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Breakfast, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker, Dinner
SLOPE INFO - Mt Olympus
Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
Skiable Area: 60ha
SLOPE INFO - Temple Basin
Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Skiable Area: 320ha