From the moment you turn off Highway 73 you are in for an adventure at Broken River, known to locals as BR.
The access road takes you through beautiful beech forest and at the carpark you will find New Zealand’s only alpine rail, The Tyndall Tram. The tram transports you, your mates and gear to the ticket office in around 5 minutes. This is where you pick up your lift pass, tow belt, and get shown where the lodges are to drop off your kit if planning to stay the night.
BR offers fantastic terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders. Access is by five electric rope tows. If you’re new to riding a rope tow one of the secrets of BR is that there is a ‘slow’ button on the Rugby Tow so you can get the hang of it. While it is adventurous, BR has a welcoming vibe, you’ll find plenty of friendly faces to give you a tip or point you in the right direction if needed. BR is known for its sheltered aspect and powder stashes so you can rightfully expect fresh turns even a few days after snow.
Confident skiers and boarders will love heading over to Allan’s Basin for tranquil all-natural, off piste long runs truly away from it all. If you’re looking to ramp up your skiing ability the Three-Day Intermediate and Advanced Off-Piste courses will give you the skills to tackle any conditions and show off to your mates. BR is a mecca for telemark skiers with an annual week long dedicated telemark extravaganza. Speedriding camps are held each season with local and international coaches teaching participants how to ski and fly.
The hospitality at BR is legendary. Palmer Lodge has a massive sun deck right on the ski field to enjoy lunch or maybe a cold boutique beer. There are kitchen facilities and a BBQ for everyone to use. For those staying the night there is on-mountain accommodation just a 10-minute walk from the slopes.
With the right conditions BR also regularly offers night-skiing, a truly unique adventurous experience.