Shap­ing up to be one for the record books

The win­ter sea­son has kicked off in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion at Cardrona with the best open­ing con­di­tions in re­cent mem­ory.

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About 120cm of snow fell the week prior to open­ing, which pro­vided su­perb cov­er­age over the whole moun­tain. This year is cer­tainly shap­ing up to be one for the record books, and not just be­cause of the snow­fall. Car­dona will un­doubt­edly be a ‘hotspot’ this sea­son as ath­letes from all over the world pre­pare for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. How­ever, it’s not just the in­ter­na­tion­als that will be turn­ing heads at Cardrona . NZ has a strong con­tin­gent of ath­letes who are medal con­tenders for Sochi 2014 in­clud­ing the Cardrona born and raised Wells boys; Jossi, By­ron and BeauJames. Cardrona will host four World Cup events as part of the Win­ter Games in Au­gust. The ac­tion takes place in elite level event are­nas with rel­a­tively small com­peti­tor fields. ‘‘Its great be­cause th­ese freestyle com­pe­ti­tions take place in ar­eas 95% of our guests don’t use. Most skiers and rid­ers will watch from the chair­lifts in be­tween runs.’’ Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Na­dia El­lis says. ‘‘The World Cup’s pro­vide lo­cal skiers and snow­board­ers with a rare op­por­tu­nity to watch the worlds very best

com­pete in our own back­yard’’.

by In­ver­cargill fa­ther & son team, Rus­sell & An­drew Beck – part of the new Sculp­til­lu­sion Gallery at Puz­zling World

Puz­zling World has been as­tound­ing peo­ple of all ages and na­tion­al­i­ties for the past forty years with its three-di­men­sional Great Maze, five in­cred­i­ble Il­lu­sion Rooms and other ar­chi­tec­tural treats such as the Tum­bling Tow­ers, the Lean­ing Tower of Wanaka and of course

the fa­mous Ro­man Toi­lets. With a brand new Il­lu­sion Room now opened you’ll be even more amazed than ever when you visit dur­ing your ski hol­i­day this sea­son! With a great win­ter menu in­clud­ing cheese toasties and soup to add to their pie, sand­wich and muf­fin fa­vorites you can re­lax in the warmth of the Puz­zle Cen­tre try­ing your hand at one of the many puzzles on of­fer while sa­vor­ing a cof­fee and a bite to eat. The in­cred­i­ble range of Puzzles, Books and Games in the gift shop mean all ages, abil­i­ties and tem­per­a­ment are cov­ered and on those long win­ter nights what could be bet­ter than to curl up with a good book or puz­zle?! When plan­ning your hol­i­day to the South­ern Lakes re­gion this win­ter, make sure you not only visit some of the world class ski re­sorts on of­fer but also al­low for a stopover at Wanaka’s won­der­ful world of weird­ness, Stu­art Lands­bor­ough’s Puz­zling World.

By­ron Wells: sup­plied by Miles Holden— Cardrona Alpine Re­sort

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