Snow Park nz. Vil­lage

Ski & Snow - - Competition - Look­ing straight up at Snow Park vil­lage.

Imag­ine wak­ing up, strap­ping on your board or skis and go­ing right out­side for a full days rid­ing. No driv­ing, no windy ac­cess roads, no snow chains, no early morn­ings, no stress…

This win­ter at Snow Park NZ in the Cardrona Val­ley you can do just this. The ma­jor ad­di­tion of new ac­com­mo­da­tion and restau­rant fa­cil­i­ties lets you re­lax in style and wake up in an alpine won­der­land with world class ter­rain and views out your win­dow.

Snow Park Vil­lage has been a con­cept for years, first writ­ten down on cock­tail nap­kins then de­vel­oped fur­ther on pa­per un­til con­struc­tion kicked in over the past sum­mer. Build­ing plat­forms were soon cleared away to cre­ate a per­fect site perched on a ter­race with breath tak­ing views over­look­ing the Snow Park re­sort and South­ern Alps. The com­plex of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one, from ‘The Wool­shed’ restau­rant/bar, open all day for din­ing, ca­sual meals and drinks, to lux­ury apart­ments kit­ted out with stylish furniture. Bunkrooms for the fi­nan­cially con­strained are also fea­tured. The heart of the ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plex is a set of four lux­ury apart­ments sit­u­ated on a North-north­west fac­ing as­pect, catch­ing the beau­ti­ful south is­land sun­sets. Each apart­ment is fur­nished to the high­est stan­dards fea­tur­ing four bed­rooms (all with en-suite bath­rooms), liv­ing area, the latest LCD Tele­vi­sions, full kitchens and large decks styled out with a bar­beque and private hot tub. There is noth­ing close to this kind of lux­ury avail­able in a New Zealand moun­tain en­vi­ron­ment! Snow Park is a youth ori­en­tated re­sort and the Snow Park Vil­lage of­fers a new dy­namic to the fam­ily ski hol­i­day. No longer do par­ents have to com­pro­mise their day’s ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing kids to one re­sort while they drive to an­other. Stay­ing up at Snow Park means the kids can wake up and let them­selves out the slid­ing door di­rectly down to the lift line. Par­ents now have a choice of driv­ing 35 min­utes to Cardrona Ski Re­sort or mak­ing the one-hour trip to Tre­ble Cone. He­li­copter op­tions are also avail­able.

An­other op­tion is to take it easy and re­lax in the lux­u­ri­ous space of the apart­ments or in the hot tub out on the deck. Go for a cross-coun­try ski up at Snow Farm, only one kilo­me­ter away, then meet up for lunch on the deck of the restau­rant, or wan­der on the 80-me­tre bridge to take a few pic­tures and take in the view.

Four of the 24 planned apart­ments are com­pleted, with the re­main­ing units built in stages over the next two years with the en­tire de­vel­op­ment ex­pected to be com­plete by win­ter 2008. All units are unit ti­tled and stage two has eight units that will be on sale in Septem­ber 2006.

For in­de­pen­dent trav­el­ers on a bud­get, ‘The Wool­shed’ bunkrooms are a per­fect op­tion with room to sleep 44 peo­ple in back­packer style ac­com­mo­da­tion. Stay­ing the night up at the park not only saves you driv­ing time but you are also only steps away from that après beer down­stairs in the bar. Room sizes vary from four to 16 per­sons and have lim­ited cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties but a rea­son­ably priced all day menu is avail­able at the restau­rant. The restau­rant also dou­bles as full ser­vice din­ing fa­cil­ity. Im­pec­ca­bly fur­nished, it boasts two open fires, lounge area, stage and a sprawl­ing deck over look­ing the ac­tion at Snow Park. The restau­rant seats up to 130 peo­ple and serves up the best of kiwi cui­sine for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, while the bar prom­ises to en­ter­tain through the night. Also de­signed for private func­tions, con­fer­ences and wed­dings the en­tire es­tab­lish­ment can host up to 250 peo­ple. Al­ready booked in Au­gust this year, ‘The Wool­shed’ is host­ing the launch of MTV New Zealand with a live out­door con­cert by kiwi band Ele­meno P and a private party go­ing into the night. Also planned is a skate ramp to en­ter­tain once the lift stops in the evening, as well as pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­ity lead­ing into the spring and sum­mer­time. Moun­tain bik­ing is al­ready a pop­u­lar sum­mer ac­tiv­ity, with plans in the works for a proper sys­tem of main­tained tracks by sum­mer 2008.

Link­ing the vil­lage to the rest of the Snow Park re­sort is an 80-me­tre foot­bridge com­plete with view­ing bays. Cross­ing a snow filled gully, the bridge con­nects the old with the new, al­though in re­al­ity all of the Snow Park is rel­a­tively new… Snow Park opened to the pub­lic only four years ago as the first ded­i­cated freestyle ter­rain park in the world. Look­ing at it now it is hard to be­lieve it started out with a hand­ful of tem­po­rary shed-like build­ings, a cof­fee ma­chine and a pie warmer. How­ever, the park has al­ways had a spe­cial charm and what it ini­tially lacked in fa­cil­i­ties it made up with vibe, cul­ture and some of the most pro­gres­sive ter­rain ever seen. Since its in­cep­tion the Snow Park re­sort has evolved into the pre­mier South­ern Hemi­sphere freestyle re­sort des­ti­na­tion. Its growth and sus­tain­abil­ity con­tin­ues to amaze those in­volved from the be­gin­ning. Even since the con­struc­tion of the vil­lage the orig­i­nal build­ings are still at the base area keep­ing the same at­mos­phere…al­though they do have sprawl­ing decks and there are lots more of them! To­day, Snow Park fea­tures three half-pipes, a quar­ter pipe, a fixed quad chair­lift, over 40 boxes, rails and hits and mu­sic play­ing on a 5000-watt sys­tem while you ride. The base fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a crank­ing cafe and re­tail shop filled en­tirely with the Snow Park branded cloth­ing range. What sets Snow Park apart from other re­sorts (be­sides from the world class ter­rain) is the friendly at­mos­phere and per­sonal at­ten­tion cus­tomers re­ceive. From the base area, the en­tire re­sort can be viewed in all its glory, whether you are keep­ing an eye on the kids dur­ing a les­son or watch­ing pro-rid­ers to the likes of Shuan White, Travis Rice, Tan­ner Hall and JP Au­clair rid­ing the park. Look­ing to the fu­ture there are plans to fur­ther de­velop the land around the Snow Park with the ad­di­tion of more lifts ac­cess­ing new ter­rain. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Snow Park NZ re­sort and vil­lage, please con­tact info@snow­parknz.com

photo: max­i­mum­ex­po­sure.com

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Wan­der on the NEW 80-me­tre

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