Gearing up for winter Winter season starts soon
Deep in the heart of the Southern Alps the team at Cardrona Alpine Resort are busy preparing to welcome skiers and snowboarders for the 2011 winter season starting on June 24th.
A new 165 metre ‘‘Sunkid’’ learners’ conveyor lift has been installed to compliment a larger and better quality beginners slope and Cardrona’s snowmaking system has been expanded.
Cardrona Alpine Resort is renowned for being a fun and family friendly ski resort with the most consistent snow conditions in the Southern Lakes regions. Cardrona leads the way in New Zealand for child and family friendly resorts with four dedicated Kids Centres. Cardrona Nursery and Kindy provide early childhood education in purpose built facilities, for kids from 3 months to 4 years. Ski Kindy and the Kids Ski & Snowboard School provide lessons for kids from 2 years and up. Full day options and the much-loved Skiwees/Lowriders week-long programme for those over five are also available and are based in the Archway buildings.
In 2011 there are a range of family friendly events and activities planned at Cardrona. In July the ’Calci Yum Cardrona Kids Cup’ will take place. This crazy fun filled event will see up to 150 skiers and snowboarders aged five - 12-year-olds compete in an X-Games style ‘‘mini’’ competition arena. The custom built ‘‘Calci Yum Family Fun Zone’’ will also be back in 2011 with a host of colourful animals pointing skiers and snowboarders in the right direction along the 500m trail made up of a series of whoopsie rollers, snow bridges, tunnels, banked corners and other wacky snow features that will have the kids hooting and hollering in no time.
Cardrona has a knack of making everyone feel like a rockstar on the snow. Its wide open slopes and abundance of intermediate terrain make this mountain fun and easy to ride. That said advanced skiers and riders aren’t disappointed with the Arcadia and Tulip chutes and the world famous Cardrona Parks for them to play in. A fourth quad chairlift the ’Valley View’ was installed over summer 2010, adding more intermediate and advanced terrain and extending the length of many runs.
Nestled high in the Crown Range, Cardrona is easily accessible from both Queenstown and Wanaka. The mountain’s high elevation and southerly aspect mean fantastic dry natural snow is plentiful making Cardrona a reliable choice even in lighter snow years. It is largely unknown that Cardrona is an easy 60min drive (58km) from Queenstown, only 15 minutes further than its smaller cousin The Remarkables. The route from Queenstown to Cardrona takes in NZ’s highest road through an area rich in gold mining history. With breathtaking views the journey itself should not be missed. For those staying in the picturesque lakeside town of Wanaka, Cardrona is even more accessible with a drive time of only 35mins. Buses leave from Queenstown and Wanaka daily.
Cardrona Alpine Resort.