New Zealand Snow Safety Institute
Mountaineering, Climbing, Avalanche Awareness, Backcountry Ski and Snowboarding Courses
NZSSI COURSE LOCATION
All NZSSI courses are conducted at Temple Basin Ski Area which is located within Arthurs Pass National Park, 4km west of Arthurs Pass Village. Temple Basin is situated right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps.
ACCOMMODATION and MEALS
All course fees include accommodation and meals at Temple Basin. The accommodation at the Temple Basin Lodges is Bunk Room only. Sleeping Bags are required.
Temple Basin has a liquor license and fully stocked canteen with snacks, craft beers and locally produced wines. No cell phone coverage. If you have a laptop WiFi is available.
NOTE: Dinner is provided for on the arrival night; for courses that commence the next day.
The 150 km drive from Christchurch City to the Temple Basin Car Park takes approximately 2 hours. The Temple Basin car park is set beside State Highway 73, 4kms west of Arthurs Pass Village. From its well-defined walking track the walk takes you up to the Lodge and the Ski Field. The walk takes 45-minutes in good conditions, and gives you wonderful views of the Pass and the surrounding mountains. Its is a good idea to bring sturdy footware for the walk up the mountain track. A free baggage lift carries your gear up the mountain for you.
THE GOODS LIFT
The Temple Basin Goods Lift will transport your gear up the mountain. There is no charge for this service.
The baggage lift is located 300m west of the Temple Basin car park along State Highway 73 (towards the West Coast).
Other times for using the lift can be arranged by calling the goods lift office on (03) 377-7788.
These hours are subject to weather conditions
BUS TRANSPORT - Christchurch -Temple Basin - Greymouth
Departs Christchurch City (Christchurch Bus Exchange, 72 Litchfield Street, Christchurch)
daily at 7.15am and arrives Temple Basin Goodslift at 10:05am.
CHRISTCHURCH to TEMPLE BASIN CAR PARK
Bookings Office: Ph: 00 64 3 349 0697
CANCELLATIONS for NZ Snow Safety Institute Courses
All cancellations of New Zealand Snow Safety Institute course bookings must be in writing. A 30% cancellation fee will be levied up to one month before the course commences. A 60% fee up to two weeks prior, and thereafter a 100% fee will be levied.
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