Event Reports

2015 Telemark Week

It was a gathering of the telemark clan with freeheelers from Australia and all around New Zealand. The snow and weather were superb from Monday and Thursday with plenty of light dry powder to be found both on and off the field. Group lessons were held on the first three days and everyone's skiing improved greatly - thanks for being such star pupils! The Telemark Off-Piste Skills Course ran Wednesday and Thursday and all the participants made huge progress under the guidanbceof NZSIA Telemark Examiner Marti Smith. Thanks to the telemark day trippers who came up to join us.


21 August 2015

2013 Telemark Week

It was a great week of fun and skiing with freeheelers coming from all over NZ and across the ditch from Australia. The weaher was excellent and we skied everyday with some superb runs over in Allan's Basin. Huey even prevailed with three top-ups of snow through the week - a real bonus on a year with so little fresh snow. Group lessons were held on the first three days and everyone's skiing improved a lot - thanks for being such great pupils! Our inaugural Telemark Off-Piste Skills Course ran Wednesday to Friday and was very successful with everyone making great progress under the tutelage of NZSIA Telemark Examiner Marti Smith.


22 August 2013

2011 R & R Sport Freeheel Fun Weekend

The R & R Sport Freeheel Weekend took place on the final weekend of the first Broken River Telemark Week - August 6 & 7th. After six days of settled and perfect weather the weekend threw a few curved balls. Saturday morning was wet and the visibility difficult. That did not deter the gathered faithful. Led by Marti and Greg, our visiting instructors from the telemark division of the NZSIA, a full-on display of synchronised telemark skiing unfolded before the onlookers at Palmer Lodge. Synchronised pairs, twin snakes, and a human slalom kept the skiers on their toes and the crowds enthralled. By then it was lunch time so we headed inside to dry out, have some some food, and watch the big, wet snow flakes gently fall.


9 August 2011 - "Father Tom"

Broken River Telemark Week 2011

Broken River really turned on the good snow for the first-ever Telemark Week. From Saturday through to Friday we enjoyed smooth packed powder skiing across the field, along with some pockets of fresh in secret locations. On Wednesday Manager Doug and the crew treated us to night skiing, where things were just as good, but darker and quicker. I was amazed that the snow could be so consistent at all times of the day and night over a whole week. Even better, the sky was blue, the mountains looked fantastic, and the socialising at Palmer lodge and in the evenings was mellow.


8 August 2011 - "Father Tom"

July Family Weeks 2011

1.75 m of new snow arrived just in time for our family weeks. The conditions were ideal with packed powder for both weeks. Much fun was had by all and we skied every day. Everyone’s skiing improved in leaps and bounds. Rodger and Emily gave us all excellent lessons – thanks guys.   


31 July 2011

Scone Grabbers Ski Week

Hi! I’m Elsie Brown and I’m 11 months old. I just love coming up to Broken River with my mummy and daddy so they decided to go on the first ever SCONE GRABBERS week in August 2009. We had a really fun week. This was planned by Claire and Jim who are the parents of my friends Mari and Hamish. 


1 September 2009 - Elsie Brown

Tyndall Tramway

The Tyndall Tramway was opened on Saturday 25th July 2009 on warm, sunny, cloudless day with 35 cms of fresh powder snow. The passenger lift was officially opened by Club member and past President Arthur Tyndall. Arthur, a well-known civil engineer from Tyndall and Hanham, designed this unique lift and was instrumental in getting the project started. To his great surprise lift was named “Tyndall Tramway”.  Art’s first comment was “Oh … I didn’t deserve this” and then went on to say “We’ve got a great Broken River family here – I did it for you guys because it’s a great Club.”


29 July 2009 - Claire Newell