Gear­ing up for win­ter Win­ter sea­son starts soon

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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