Ski Touring and Backcountry

There are plenty of hiking and ski-touring opportunities from Broken River outside the patrolled area. These range from two-hour to half-day trips to nearby bowls or over to Craigieburn Valley Ski Area (allow at least a two- hour return). You will find details of day trips and overnight adventures in New Zealand Backcountry Skiing written by Broken River Ski Club member and ski mountaineer James Broadbent.

Please consult the staff before departing and register your intentions at the ticket office or staff at Palmer Lodge.

Three is no ski patrol or avalanche control outside the marked ski area boundary. Outside the ski area boundary you are responsible for your own safety. Do not travel alone in these areas and check that everybody in your party has appropriate equipment (e.g. avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe) and the skills to use them. Check the Backcountry Avalanche Advisory Report for current backcountry status and obey the NZ Mountains Safety Backcountry Code at all times.

We recommend taking a Mountain Safety Avalanche Course before you venture too far into the backcountry. Why not join one of the Mountain Safety Council Avalanche courses running at Broken River this winter.


Touring into Hamilton Creek. Photo Jim Henderson.


Hamilton Peak, Allan's Basin. Photo Jim Henderson.