Stay for the complete experience

One day is never enough!

Why leave when you can have a relaxing end to the day sharing your days adventures with other enthusiasts, knowing you're in the prime spot for first fresh tracks tomorrow morning! This has to be THE best way to save fuel, avoid driving hassles, minimise your carbon footprint AND get your winter fix!! 

Broken River offers real mountain-style accommodation in three cosy, centrally-heated lodges nestled in beech forest at tree line just 10 minutes walk from the first ski tow. Great company, food and atmosphere are topped off with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Castle Hill valley. We also have a newly renovated sauna to soothe those tired muscles.

The lodges have shared bunk-style accommodation and bathroom facilities, modern kitchens, communal living areas and drying rooms. There is a ski tuning/waxing area to keep your gear in tip-top shape.

We offer two styles of accommodation:

Catered (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)

BYO sleeping bag & pillow case. Meals are cooked for you and include a three course dinner and breakfast. Bring your own lunch or purchase something from Palmer Lodge on the field. You will be rostered on one light duty each day, ranging from washing a few dishes to vacuuming. Duties will not cut into your skiing time. Your accommodation will be Lyndon Lodge or Broken River Lodge with Lyndon Lodge filled before Broken River Lodge is opened up to guests. Linen can be hired at an additional cost.


BYO food, sleeping bag & pillow case. Daily duties apply. Available in White Star Chalet.


Photos of our lodges


We offer:

Find out more pricing and details of our packages here.


Accommodation is available from late June to October (conditions permitting). We strongly encourage you to book your accommodation early to avoid missing out.

Large groups

Check out our page with options for groups, including hiring out Broken River Lodge.

To Book:

Book using online booking system.

If you have questions please feel free to email us at: and we’ll gladly answer your questions. We’ll do our best to fit in with your requirements. 

We hope you enjoy your stay!

Which accommodation option would suit you?

Catered: looking for the complete break?

We recommend our Catered option. Buy a beer, sit back and relax after your days skiing in great company as your evening meal is prepared for you. Please BYO your own beer or wine as we do not sell alcohol down at the accommodation lodges. Beer, cider and wine are available up at Palmer Lodge on the field.

Your accommodation will be Lyndon Lodge or Broken River Lodge, with Lyndon Lodge filled before Broken River Lodge is opened up to guests. Lyndon Lodge is our most modern lodge with smaller rooms with bunks and a private bedroom. Broken River Lodge has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Castle Hill Basin, and it's three minutes closer to the slopes.

Lyndon Lodge - catered option. Photo Claire Newell.

Self-catered: on a strict budget & want the "traditional" experience?

Enjoy the conviviality and traditional mountain atmosphere of White Star Chalet, our oldest and dearest hut, built back in 1953. Make friends in the communal bunk/common room and experience traditional communal alpine living. It's "no-frills" to keep the costs down but central heating and hot showers will keep you in touch with the 21st century. Bring and cook your own food. You will be required to help out with light duties in the chalet and mountain.


White Star Chalet (self-catered) and Broken River Lodge (catered and club-style (groups only)). Photo Claire Newell.

Large Groups: organise your friends for a memorable holiday together

If you are a large group, for example school groups or a group of families you might like to enquire about our special group booking option for groups who prefer to cook for themselves. Discounted rates are available subject to availability and the discretion of Broken River Ski Club. For further information please email

Other Information:

What should I bring?

What if I need a break from the snow?

Curl up in the lodge with a good book or take a walk on one of the many two-hour forest walks down in the Broken River valley.

Can I have some fun exploring away from the snow?

Take a short drive and explore the internationally-renown Kura Tawhiti limestone rocks in the Castle Hill Basin. These rocks are famous for their stunning shapes and good bouldering. Drive up to Arthur's Pass Village for the day.

Do you have group discounts?

A 7.5% discount is available to groups of 8 or more nonmembers booking the same package where the one person is responsible for the organising the groups booking and payment.Check out our Groups page for details.

Can I purchase alcoholic beverages on the mountain?

Wine and beer are available on the field at Palmer Lodge. 

Can I be contacted by phone?

The accommodation lodges may be contacted by phone on (03) 318 8713. Please keep calls short as we have nearly 70 other guests on the mountain. We now do have cell phone reception at the ski area.

Is there transport to Broken River?

Yes! Smylies Tours will meet you at the airport or your Christchurch accommodation and make supermarket and ski rental stops if required. You will be driven to Broken River in one of their 4 wheel drive vans.  This takes all the hassles out of your holiday and you can just enjoy the scenary along the way.


Book your transport to Broken River with Smylies Tours here.

I'm a high school student - can I come alone?

Minors (15 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult unless special provisions are made.

Sample dinner menu

 Homemade vegetable and chicken soup
 Roast beef with roast potates, cauliflower au gratin, brocolli and carrots
 Baked apple strudel with creme anglaise
 Tea and coffee
   Vegetarian options available - please let us know when you book your package