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With varied terrain, cosy mountain lodges and even its own craft beer, this hidden gem of a field promises unique off-piste adventures.
If you’re after a friendly atmosphere and no lift lines, then Broken River is the place for you. Start your day with a stunning four-minute ride up through native forest on New Zealand’s only alpine funicular railway – the Tyndall Tramway.
Start the day finding your feet on the mellow groomed slopes of the lower Broken River Basin, then jump on the nutcrackers and move up to higher and more adventurous terrain. Take the Ridge Tow to Allan’s Basin for unbeatable powder runs and patrolled backcountry terrain. This is the jewel in Broken River’s crown. A whole bowl that’s 100% off-piste and natural, not even a tow to break up the views. After you carve out some freshies, there’s an easy route back to the main basin, but be warned, you’ll want to lap this bowl all day long.
When it’s time for a break, relax on the Southern Alp’s best sundeck at Palmer Lodge – Broken River offers a real family/community feeling and the regulars will make you feel welcome. You’ll definitely want to try the field’s own frosty-cold craft beer. Stay in one of the cosy, centrally-heated, on-mountain lodges, just 10 minutes’ walk from the lifts and either crash into bed or stay up for the field’s legendary night skiing, under lights and under the stars. Don’t forget to check out the sauna.