Broken River


Top 1923m / Base 1380m


State Highway 73
Selwyn, New Zealand


9am–4pm, daily during winter

About Broken River

  Distance from Christchurch Airport: 105 km, approximately 1.5 hours

Broken River boasts some of New Zealand's best off-piste, soft-snow skiing and snowboarding.

There’s fantastic terrain for all levels, groomed slopes, on-mountain accommodation, uncrowded powder basins and chutes – and the best part, a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Palmer Day Lodge is the central hub of the day’s skiing and the best spot on the mountain to soak up the sun and watch the action. The canteen has delicious food and beverages or you can make use of the shared BBQ on the deck.

‘BR’ as it’s known to the locals has many unique features to discover such as the alpine rail that travels through native beech forest connecting the carpark to the on-mountain accommodation lodges.


Stay on the Mountain

Stay at altitude for the complete experience

Broken River offers mountain-style accommodation in three lodges nestled at the tree line, just 10 minutes walk from the first ski tow. Enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley.

The lodges have shared bunk-style accommodation and bathroom facilities, modern kitchens, communal living areas and drying rooms. There is a ski tuning/waxing area to keep your gear in shape and a sauna to refresh those well-worked muscles.

Accommodation is available from late June to October (conditions permitting). 

The Wicked Weeker

Ski Area Package

A 6-night/7-day ski week package with discounted lift passes and accommodation. Choose from catered or self-catered accommodation.

Catered packages include 3 group ski lessons, 7 lift tickets, 6 night's dinner, bed and breakfast, and tow belt hire.
Prices: Adult $1125 / Student $780 / Under 18 years $705 / Under 11 years $485

The self-catered package includes 7 lift tickets, 6 nights' accommodation and tow belt hire. Group lessons are not included. Bring and cook your own food.
Prices: Adult $925 / Student $675 / Under 18 years $590 / Under 11 years $340

The Mid-Week Madness

Ski Area Package

Enjoy a short break with family or friends with our discounted mid-week package.

Catered package includes 1 group lesson (available Monday - Wednesday), 3 lift tickets, 2 nights catered dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation and tow belt hire.

If you're on a tight budget, check out our Mid-Week Madness Self-Catered Package. This includes 3 lift tickets, 2 nights' accommodation (bed only) and tow belt hire.
Mid Week Madness Packages are not available on Saturday nights.

Catered package: Adult $500 | Self-catered package: Adult $390

Three-day Off Piste Courses

Ski Area Package

Are you an intermediate/ advanced skier wanting another challenge?

Our 3-day course will improve your technique to enjoy the thrill of off-piste skiing and ski challenging conditions.

• 3 Day Advanced Course: 4– 6 Sept
• 3 Day Intermediate/Advanced Course: 11–13 Sept

Adult Price: $875, includes 3 days lift tickets, 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, & course fees. Self-catered option $765.

Two Day Avalanche Awareness Course

Ski Area Package

Learn the basics of avalanches and learn to ski/ride with ease and efficiency in challenging backcountry conditions.

The course starts with a half-day off piste course to improve your skiing. This Mountain Safety Council-accredited ASC1 course takes you through the basics of avalanche information. The second day is hands-on where you learn to identify avalanche terrain and safe travel zones, as well as how to use avalanche safety equipment and rescue techniques.

Dates: 6-7 September

Adult Price: $555, includes 2 days lift tickets, 1 nights on-mountain dinner, bed and breakfast, course and instruction fees.

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