Broken River Ski Area

Broken River (Māori: Te Waka Ski Awa O Broken) is a club skifield in South Island, New Zealand. Run by the Broken River Ski Club, it is located at about 110 km (68 mi) from Christchurch. The skifield claims to often have the longest ski season anywhere in Australasia. Also, by connecting with Craigieburn Valley, it claims to have the largest skiable area in New Zealand, at 900 hectares (2,224 acres).

Broken River
Nearest major cityChristchurch
Vertical400 m (1,312 ft)
Top elevation1,820 m (5,971 ft)
Base elevation1,420 m (4,659 ft)
Skiable area900 hectares (2,224 acres)
Lift system5 rope tows
Terrain parks1
Night skiingYes

The grounds encompass a large, open basin with five ski tows and a skiable range from an altitude of 1,420 to 1,820 metres (4,660 to 5,970 feet). The difficulty distribution is 10% beginner, 40% intermediate, 50% advanced.

Accommodation is in the form of three lodges: the full-service Lyndon Lodge, the more basic 28-bed Broken River Lodge, and the very basic 14-bed White Star Chalet for backpackers. Access to the accommodation is via a 15- to 30-minute walk from the carpark. There is a passenger lift[1] (formerly a goods lift) between the carpark and the accommodation.

The field also has a day lodge, Palmer Lodge, which has self-catering available as well as food and drink availability.[2]

Looking down from the main tow. (July 2007)

See also


  1. "Alpine rail". Archived from the original on 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  2. Chill. Multi Mountain Pass Archived 2007-07-13 at the Wayback Machine Broken River Accessed 2007-05-19