LPP New Zealand – Temple Basin
In this episode we continue to highlight New Zealand Club Field ski culture. I’ve decided to zero in on one club in particular; Temple Basin. Back in 2003, I spent a season working there and its one of those places I needed to return.
Temple Basin is really unique, not only in the way it operates but also for its unreal terrain. We timed our arrival perfectly and for the next 3 days we got to ski the best snow of the season. While I was there I spoke to the people that live, work and ski at Temple Basin. I wanted to offer you a well rounded summary of what life is like working and living in a remote lodge at a small club operated ski field located high in the mountains.
First I sat down with TB managers Ben Savil, and Forrest Bilek. The former who you heard in the first LPP NZ episode, who was my boss when I worked there. The latter is Forrest Bilek, who was in the midst of his second season at the helm of Temple Basin. We then move on to learn about the challenges of the the the daily operations of the “beast” with head patroller Ryan Bougie, and lodge manager Ali Rood recorded in the rental shop hiding from the storm you can hear raging behind us. To round out the experience we finish with the legendary ski bum, the keeper of Temple Basin, Willy John. Willy has spent more time than anyone at Temple Basin over the last 19 years, and in listening to him you can get a feel for the real spirit and draw that is this special place.
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