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Related Regions: New Zealand, Canterbury, Southern Hemisphere

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.

 

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Elevation

  • 5971ft
    Summit
  • 984ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 4987ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 7
  • 7
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    5%

  • Intermediate Runs

    45%

  • Advanced Runs

    50%

  • Expert Runs

    0%

  • Runs

    25

  • Night Skiing

    74 ac

  • Longest Run

    0.2 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    741 ac

More Info

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. 

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. 

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing07/13/201910/06/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    95
  • Projected Days Open
    100
  • Years Open
    66
  • Average Snowfall
    350"

Best Broken River Ski Area Hotels

CentrePoint-Studio
859 Colombo Street Christchurch, 8013
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* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Garden
36 Riccarton Road Christchurch,
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Two bedroom apartment living area
168 Riccarton Road Christchurch,
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Broken River Ski Area Reviews

Queensland Skier
3rd October 20085
This was the first club ski area I ever went to, its been a few years since i have been but i...Full review
anonymous_user
13th June 20085
Broken River is a club field on the CraigieBurn Range. Facilities are basic and getting there is not easy so it's not...Full review
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