Travelling west on Highway 73, follow the signposts to Arthurs Pass. The Broken River turnoff is well labelled on the left, about 14km from the top of the Porters Pass. The access road takes you 6km up through native beech forest to the car park. From there, a goods lift is available to carry gear while skiers walk a pleasant graded track through the forest to the accommodation lodges, which are tucked just inside the forest line. The 15 - 20 minute walk is a great way to warm up for a day of skiing or snowboarding.
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Broken River, Contact
Phone: 64 3 3187270
Fax: 64 3 3187270
Mail: PO BOX 2718 Christchurch
Late June to Late October
- 5 electrically driven, high capacity rope tows.
Yes, Beginner & Intermediate only.
Restaurants & Cafes
Canteen selling snack food only. Full kitchen available for all to use.
Average Snow Depth
About Broken River
Broken River is administered by the Broken River Ski Club. It offers an alternative to skiers and snowboarders who are looking to experience back to basics fun in the snow.
The terrain at broken river ski area consists of a large open basin serviced by 5 electrically driven, high capacity rope tows. The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 meters, grooming is carried out on the learner and intermediate slopes, while the more experienced have lots of off piste to choose from. Only a short walk offers access to the back basins and Craigieburn Valley, these areas offer some incredible terrain suited to more advanced skiers and snowboarders and a BR lift pass allows you to have a few runs at Craigieburn. The combined Broken River & Craigieburn ski area covers over 900 hectares, which makes it New Zealand's largest. 300 hectares can be accessed from the 'BR' rope tows without unclipping your bindings.
Other facilities available on the ski area include an expansive day lodge for all to enjoy the kitchen and dining facilities, canteen selling snack food, ski and snowboard instruction from qualified instructors and qualified ski patroller's to handle any first aid requirements. Ski and Snowboard hire is not available at Broken River.
Broken River has on-field accommodation in centrally heated lodges with 3 standards of on-hill accommodation - fully serviced, club style & backpackers.
Ski - Sleep - Ski packages offer lifts, accommodation and lessons for any length of stay. Night skiing under lights when conditions permit.
Three basins, five tows and no crowds - Broken River is a great hill for getting lots of vertical on excellent terrain.