Five club ski fields in the Arthurs Pass and Craigieburn regions provide
affordable alpine adventure; all within 2 hours drive from
Christchurch. These are Broken River, Temple Basin, Craigieburn
Valley, Mt Cheeseman and Mt Olympus.
Broken River has all the club
field lifestyle attributes that skiers and boarders could desire
and begs the question How good does it get? There are
uncrowded slopes and chutes, three powder filled basins,
challenging off-piste, night skiing, bush line alpine lodges and
a friendly atmosphere.
The field is administered by
the Broken River Ski Club and operates from June to October. Snow
ratings are 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 35% advanced and the
skiable area is 60 hectares with the highest point at 1,783
metres. Lifting is by 5 rope tows, with the top tow giving access
to several challenging zig zag descents off Nervous Knob.
Broken River is less than 2
hours from of Christchurch on Highway 73. The access road winds 6
km through native beech forest to the car park. A goods lift
carries equipment from here while skiers walk up a graded bush
track for 20 minutes to ski lodges just inside the bush line. The
base of the ski lifts is a 10 minute walk above the lodge area.
include a comfortable day lodge, sundeck and canteen, and three
accommodation lodges that are centrally heated. Lyndon Lodge has
all food and service provided. Broken River Lodge has food
provided but guest duties are required. White Star Chalet is on a
self cater and self-service basis. Multi-day all-inclusive
packages including group instruction are available for any length
of stay. Night skiing under lights is offered when conditions
permit. It is possible to ski from Broken River to Craigieburn
Valley in two hours in suitable snow and weather conditions. The
return journey takes around one hour.
Broken River offers good old
back to basics fun in the snow with ski and snowboard
packages at unbeatable rates.