Broken River Ski Area Ski Resort

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Overview

Broken River Ski Area is a ski field maintained by the Broken River Ski Club located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Nestled in the Craigieburn Range and adjacent to Craigieburn Valley Ski Area; Broken River offers terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Broken River is known for its warm inviting atmosphere, great off-piste terrain, quality snow and a backcountry feel.  

Broken River is a 1.5 hour, 100km drive from Christchurch. The road is well maintained and two-wheel drive cars can access the base area. Check the snow report and be sure to carry chains in adverse conditions. RV’s and campervans are not recommended. Once arriving at the base area, hop on the Tyndall Tramway to access the ticket offices and accommodation lodges.

 

Inside Scoop

The Broken River Ski Club was founded in 1951 after the 12 founding members constructed an access road through the forest into Broken River Basin. Within five years the ski club had built a day lodge and installed the first rope tow. Currently the club boasts a membership of over 400, many of whom are second and third generation members. 

Transportation

Broken River is a 1.5 hour, 100km drive from Christchurch. The road is well maintained and two-wheel drive cars can access the base area. Check the snow report and be sure to carry chains in adverse conditions. RV’s and campervans are not recommended. Once arriving at the base area, hop on the Tyndall Tramway to access the ticket offices and accommodation lodges.

 

Plan Your Trip

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

16"
10"
7"
4"
1"
1"
Jun
6"
Jul
13"
Aug
13"
Sep
2"
Oct

Total Lifts: 8

8
Surface Lifts

Elevation

5971'
Summit
984'
Vertical Drop
4987'
Base

Important Dates

July 20, 20242024/07/20
Projected Opening
September 29, 20242024/09/29
Projected Closing
100
Projected Days Open
95
Days Open Last Year
72
Years Open
350"
Average Snowfall
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