The terrain is a series of rolling bowls with awesome runs to challenge all levels of snowboarders and skiers beginner to expert and everyone is welcome. The surrounding basins provide superb untracked 'back country' terrain for the more adventurous.
Broken River is administered by the Broken River Ski Club. It offers an alternative to skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders who are looking to experience back to basics fun in the snow. Everyone is welcome at Broken River, although some previous experience in the snow is an advantage. Membership has its advantages too, including lower lift rates for skiing/snowboarding as well as the fun and friendship being a part of the ski club brings.
From the ski area car park, take a 4 minute ride on our NEW passenger carrier with all your gear up to the accommodation lodges. For those who would enjoy the walk up through the native beech forest, you can put your gear on the lift and take the 15-20 minute walk up pleasantly graded track to the lodges.
The base of the lift facilities is located within a 5 minute walk of the lodges - this time with your ski/board gear and lunch. But don't worry the awesome day ahead of you is well worth the walk.
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.
The accommodation is provided in centrally heated lodges with bunk style sleeping lodges. These lodges are located 5 minutes walk from the lifts and are set in beautiful native forest with awesome view over the valley below.
Broken River operates daily from early July through to early October (and later when conditions permit). The ski area is open from 9:00am until after 4.30pm daily with occasional night skiing when conditions permit, usually scheduled weekly with some special night events.