Otago Daily Times

Party closes sea­son

WANAKA

- MARK PRICE mark.price@odt.co.nz Extreme Sports · Skiing · Thrift Shops · Sports · Winter Sports · Charity · Society

CON­DI­TIONS were warm and murky at the Cardrona Alpine Re­sort for the last day of its 40th ski sea­son on Satur­day.

That did not bother scores of skiers and staff as­so­ci­ated with the re­sort over the years, who were there for an apres ski party in 1980s­style dress — some au­then­tic heir­looms and some straight from the op shop.

Among the guests were John and Mary Lee, who owned, walked and skied the moun­tain be­fore there were any build­ings, lifts and groomers.

Mrs Lee said she could re­mem­ber walk­ing up the moun­tain in the snow, Mr Lee kindly car­ry­ing her skis.

The Lees founded the ski­field and on Satur­day ex­pressed their de­light at how it had de­vel­oped.

Gen­eral man­ager Brid­get Leg­navsky, who was still at school when Cardrona opened, said de­spite the re­stric­tions re­quired be­cause of Covid­19, the busi­ness had bro­ken even, thanks to the Gov­ern­ment’s wage sub­sidy. ‘‘We had a good sea­son. ‘‘We did what we had to do to make it work.

‘‘Keep­ing the money OK is part of the sus­tain­abil­ity of a ski re­sort.’’

Ms Leg­navsky said she was a lit­tle re­gret­ful the sea­son had come to an end.

How­ever, prepa­ra­tions were al­ready un­der way for a sum­mer sea­son of ac­tiv­i­ties on the moun­tain.

 ?? PHO­TOS: MARK PRICE ?? Back in the day . . . Cardrona Alpine Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Brid­get Leg­navsky in 1980s party mode. Inset: Carol Lit­tle, of Wanaka, looks on the bright side.
PHO­TOS: MARK PRICE Back in the day . . . Cardrona Alpine Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Brid­get Leg­navsky in 1980s party mode. Inset: Carol Lit­tle, of Wanaka, looks on the bright side.
 ??  ?? Retro look . . . Nigel Kerr, of Ar­row­town, and Sean Gil­bert­son and Chris Ri­ley, of Wanaka.
Retro look . . . Nigel Kerr, of Ar­row­town, and Sean Gil­bert­son and Chris Ri­ley, of Wanaka.
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