BR, as it’s known to the locals, has a friendly atmosphere, social & sunny day lodge and great terrain. Add to that the quirky access via an alpine railway and you’ve got something quite unique. The day lodge is a great place to relax and watch the action. There is some beginner terrain and plenty of variety for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.
From the main road, the access road takes you up through picturesque Beech Forest to the main car park. There you can choose to walk up the foot track or take the express route skyward. The Tyndall Tramway, NZ’s only alpine railway, quickly transports you and your gear up through the Beech Forest to the ticket office and accommodation. The 4-minute ride up not only saves you a 20-minute walk but provides fantastic views cross to the Torlesse Range.
You will need to bring your own ski or snowboard gear but you can rent a tow belt or ski harness at the Ticket Office. From there you’ve got a short hike up the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to the access tow. This tow is a little sporting for beginners but it’s worth a crack and it can be slowed down at the press of a button.
The main field is a feature-filled basin with plenty of great intermediate and advanced terrain. There are also two learner tows near the day lodge. The Access/Rugby Tow can be floodlit for night skiing. Strong skiers and snowboarders will find great terrain off the ridge and even more in the adjoining bowl. Allan’s Basin is accessed by a ridge tow and once you’ve enjoyed its thrills there is a track back to the main field via the saddle above the access tow.
When it’s time to refuel either pick up a snack from the canteen or join other amateur chefs on the communal hot plate located on the sunny Palmer Lodge deck. Even if you don’t have the gourmet burger, wild venison or some other mouth-watering morsel from the hot plate you can at least purchase BR’s own boutique lager and a hand-made pizza to create your gourmet lunch.
Ski Area Stats & Map
Terrain: Beginner 5% Intermediate 45% Advanced 50%
Lifts: 5 x Rope Tows (including 2 beginners)
Top Elevation 1820m, Bottom Elevation 1425m
Pistes: Beginners area & some slopes groomed
Skiable Terrain: 175 Hectares
Lessons Available: Alpine, Telemark, Snowboard
Night Skiing: Conditions permitting
Access: 2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Adult $75/$60 midweek
Student $50/$40 midweek
Youth $35/$28 midweek
U10 & 70+ Free
Family rates and night skiing also available. Midweek rates apply Mon to Fri after July 23rd.
2 x catered lodges, 1x un-catered lodge, kitchens, showers
Rates for Beds
Under 18: $60.
All categories $40.
Accommodation Phone Number: +64 3 318 7270
Holds plenty of snow with two main basins to ski