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.

 

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.

 

Accommodation is provided in centrally heated lodges with bunk style sleeping arrangements within walking distance of the lifts.

Terrain

Broken River is home to two large bowls situated in an easterly layout that protects the resort from the wind and collects large stashes of powder. Check out Allan’s Basin via the Ridge Tow for an unrivalled New Zealand backcountry experience. 

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. 

Plan Your Trip

Broken River Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

15"
10"
7"
4"
2"
2"
Jun
6"
Jul
13"
Aug
12"
Sep
3"
Oct

Total Lifts: 8

8
Surface Lifts

Elevation

5971'
Summit
984'
Vertical Drop
4987'
Base

Important Dates

July 01, 20232023/07/01
Projected Opening
October 08, 20232023/10/08
Projected Closing
100
Projected Days Open
95
Days Open Last Year
70
Years Open
350"
Average Snowfall
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