Snow Park nz. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is your view... oh yeah!
Wander on the NEW 80-metre