The South Island of New Zealand is rather long and narrow. Close to the western coast and parallel to it are the Southern Alps which rise to something over 12,000 feet at Mount Cook, highest peak in New Zealand.
East of the Southern Alps are many other ranges of mountains and high hills; some of these run parallel to the Southern Alps, and some are more or less at right-angles to them. Among those running parallel is the Craigieburn Range rising to about 6,000 feet and about 30 miles to the east of the crest of the Southern Alps. Here, on tussock grassland and rock scree above the forests of mountain beech trees (Nothofagus cliffortioides) and in Craigieburn Forest Park, is one of several ski-fields developed and operated by a private club, an Incorporated Society, with the name Broken River Ski Club.
For those coming from Christchurch to the east, this ski-field is about 70 miles by road and 90 minutes to 2 hours away.
Broken River Ski Club have some pages at another site too: go skiing.
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