It's winter and you are relishing a warm cup of coffee, while your cheeks are burned by the warmth of your fireplace. Suddenly, you drop your cup, you stand up and you feel your body moving keenly. You run quickly to the refrigeration and you put your head inside. Relax, it's not a heart attack but your desire for snowboard in an icy landscape, where there will be only you and the snow.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Snowboarding in Broken River, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
Overall the city is surrounded by Avon, Heathcote and Waimakariri Rivers, and the Canterbury Plains. The climate is considered to be temperate, with cool and mild summers (maximum temperature 23°C/73.4°F), and cold and frosty winters (temperatures fall below 0°C/32°F frequently).
One of the biggest ski areas near Christchurch is Broken River. It is situated in Craigieburn Forest Park (in the heart of Southern Alps) and is 90 min drive from Christchurch. The site is open from late June to late October and offers a great destination for the lovers of off-piste/back country snowboarding.
Broken River is mainly addressed to intermediate and advanced snowboarders, with many natural jumps and lips, drop-offs, a varied terrain and snowboarding opportunities. Don’t miss the challenging Nervous Knob in Allan’s Basin with some steep slopes, if you are an expert. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine view!
Note: Night snowboarding arranged regularly.