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Broken River ski resort, New Zealand

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High in the Southern New Zealand Alps, Broken River offers some of the best off-piste skiing in the southern hemisphere through a series of rolling bowls and also some great prepared pistes that challenge all levels. Broken River is owned and run by The Broken River Ski Club and is claimed to be the largest off-piste area in New Zealand. Broken River is just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch and features some great cruising reds and blues, that connect between some challenging blacks.

The ski area consists of a large open basin serviced by 5 rope tows. The highest point is 1820 meters with a vertical of 420 meters, grooming is carried out on the beginner and intermediate slopes, whilst the other slopes are free to their own natural devices.

There are three lodges in the area, all a five minute walk from the slopes. One of them is a modern fully-serviced alternative, whilst the other two offer accommodation in the “backpacker” market – don’t forget your own sleeping bag!

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