Northwest of Christchurch near Arthurs Pass, the Broken River Ski Area has 19 pistes spread over 175 hectares that are accessed by 5 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 395m. The Broken River Ski Area is maintained by the Broken River Ski Club, which offers a big discount on daily lift passes to members.
To reach the snowboarding at Broken River Ski Area from Christchurch, head northwest on Highway 73 towards Arthurs Pass. Just after passing the village of Castle Hill, turn left heading west on Broken River Ski Area Road which leads up to the ski area. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Broken River Ski Area is the 9th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in New Zealand.