Day 10: Springfield to Craigieburn | Mt Olympus/Temple Basin
Today we’ll head to either Temple Basin or Mt Olympus, depending on weather conditions.
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: Temple (faster and steeper), Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), and Downhill (ridgeline and advanced terrain). You can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular back country area of Mingha Valley.
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 options with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers.
A little walking from the Top Tow opens 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!
When you come off the slopes 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 our accommodation for the next two nights.
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Breakfast, Dinner, Lift Pass, Harness & Nutcracker
Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Skiable Area: 320ha
Difficulty: 10% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
Skiable Area: 60ha
- Day 1: Queenstown | The Remarkables
- Day 2: Queenstown | Coronet Peak
- Day 3: Queenstown
- Day 4: Queenstown to Wanaka | Cardrona
- Day 5: Wanaka | Treble Cone
- Day 6: Wanaka to Tekapo | Ohau
- Day 7: Tekapo to Christchurch | Roundhill/Mt Dobson/Mt Hutt
- Day 8: Christchurch to Springfield | Porters
- Day 9: Springfield | Broken River
- Day 10: Springfield to Craigieburn | Mt Olympus/Temple Basin
- Day 11: Craigieburn
- Day 12: Craigieburn to Christchurch