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Broken River

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.


"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.

Everyone is welcome at The field facilities include an expansive day lodge with full kitchen facilities, large lounge area, sundeck and snack shop, which sells snack food. Instruction is available for both skiers and snowboarders.

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."

Nearest Town Springfield
Distance (km) 53
Nearest Airport Christchurch
Distance (km) 123
Annual Snow Fall (m)  
Season Opens Mid to late June
Seaon Closes Late October
Skiable Area (Hectares) 70
Total Number of Lifts 4
Base Altitude (m) 1313
Highest Altitude (m) 1815
Beginner 20%
Intermediate 50%
Advanced 30%
Chairlfts 0
T-Bars 0
Platters 0
Rope Tows 5
Ski School Yes
Ski Hire No
Chain Hire No
Groomers Yes, Beginner & Intermediate only.
Half Pipe  
Terrain Park  
Cafe No
Bar canteen selling snack food only. Full kitchen available for all to use
Accommodation on Ski Area Yes

Contact Details
Company Name Broken River Ski Field
Phone 64 3 3187270
Fax 64 3 3187270

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