Founded in 1952 by 12 snow enthusiasts, Broken River is one of New Zealand’s premier boutique club fields. Maintained by club members, it provides an inviting and friendly atmosphere mixed with some amazing soft-snow conditions. The terrain is suitable for everyone with un-crowded powder basins and chutes. There is a dedicated learner’s area in front of Palmers lodge, with its own rope tow to get kids cutting edges in no time.
Broken River is the destination for adventurous snowboarders with powder-filled bowls, natural drop-offs and lips to keep them challenged all day. It also offers some of the most highly rated backcountry skiing available in the Canterbury region. More experienced skiers should take advantage of the rolling terrain in the bowls of Broken River and Allan’s Basin for some incredible off-piste, patrolled backcountry skiing. With just you and a cheeky kea overhead, this is the ultimate adventurer’s playground.
The mountain offers a unique snow experience where everyone relaxes on the Palmer Lodge sundeck reflecting on the excitement of the day. There is on-mountain accommodation with three lodges nestled amongst the beech trees, 10 minutes’ walk away from the first rope tow. The friendly atmosphere means non-members are welcome to stay as long as they like so they can experience the beauty of waking up amidst the alpine environment too.
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