Cardrona Bike Park Opening Soon!

Looking to find something that’s as fun as snow this summer? Well mountain biking is just that…only dirtier. The new Cardrona Bike Park is scheduled to open over the New Year’s break from December 27- January 11. 
Cardrona Bike Park Queenstown Scenic (2) (800x533)

The Cardrona Bike Park features a variety of lift accessed Downhill and Cross Country mountain bike trails for all types of peddlers to enjoy! Lifts will operate daily from 10am-4pm and there will be plenty to explore not only for hardcore downhill riders, but also for recreational riders and families. 

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Changes to Cardrona and Treble Cone’s Dual Lift Passes

We cannot wait until winter 2015! When November ends there will be less than 200 days before the winter snow season starts at Cardrona but who’s counting right!? With a new season approaching, there will be some changes to dual lift pass products which can be used over at Treble Cone…

Cardrona Base AreaFollowing a review of ways in which keen skiers and snowboarders have purchased and consumed our multi ski area products, Cardrona and Treble Cone will be replacing the OnePassNZ suite of products (introduced in 2012) with a more streamlined Flexi 3 and Flexi 5 day lift pass in 2015.

In Winter 2015, if you’re after the flexibility to ski or snowboard at both Cardrona and Treble Cone  you will have the opportunity to purchase a Flexi 3 or 5 day lift pass. This allows you to choose on a daily basis which ski area to visit and enjoy the additional flexibility of being able to visit on non-consecutive days throughout the 2015 ski season. If you need your snow legs to recover for a day before hitting the slopes again you won’t miss out! 

Captains at CardronaThe new Cardrona and Treble Cone Flexi 3 and 5 day lift passes will offer multi day value and will be available to adults, students, children and seniors with prices scheduled to be released before Christmas.

OnePassNZ previously allowed customers to convert lift passes to activities and the off-mountain advantages will still be available! Taking a more streamlined approach, that is, if you purchase the new Flexi 3 or 5 day lift passes you will gain access to a range of benefits and discounts at Wanaka and Queenstown activities and dining venues on presentation of your ‘Flexi’ lift pass. Easy yeah!? 

The new Cardrona and Treble Cone Flexi 3 and 5 day lift passes will be available on mountain, in the town offices and online via either Cardrona or Treble Cone’s websites. 

Cardrona's Olympic Sized HalfpipeThe Flexi 5 will make the ideal lift pass for skiers and snowboarders staying in Wanaka for their week long holiday. Whilst for skiers staying in nearby Queenstown, the Flexi 3 will allow guests to enjoy the Southern Lakes two largest ski areas as part of a well rounded Queenstown holiday. Getting excited yet!?

Individual ski area single and multi day lift passes, Snow Sports School products/programmes and ski / snowboard rental will continue to be available direct from both ski areas.

The dual Cardrona and Treble Cone OnePassNZ Season Pass Upgrade trialled in 2014 will not be continued in 2015.

Time to start planning that next winter holiday!! If you’re after flexibility and value at the two largest ski areas in the Southern Lakes of New Zealand then look no further! Bring on 2015 :) 

That’s a Wrap for Winter 2014 at Cardrona

Another season is now in the history books at Cardrona with more good times and fond winter memories to cherish!
Cardrona Alpine Resort 2014
After mother nature provided a slow start with light snow falls, winter quickly kicked into gear a few weeks later with decent falls in July and large dumps in August, including close to a metre of snow falling in just over a week! August and early September then produced record breaking, spectacular weather much to the delight of everyone who came up the hill. An unheard of sunny day run which ran for 29 consecutive days resulted in guests being treated to nearly a month of glorious blue skies! Within this run of beautiful weather Cardrona extended lift operating hours to 5pm (on fine weather days) giving guests an extra hour of fun on the slopes to enjoy. 

Antlers Alley Stale sandbech , roope tonteri , sven thorgrenThe newest addition to Cardrona’s terrain offering, the Intermediate Terrain Park ‘Antlers Alley’ (Pic: Tomas Jacques) was welcomed with open arms this season by freestyle enthusiasts. All the terrain parks were renamed and included a whole range of new features to the delight of beginner right through to elite freestyle skiers and riders.

Cardrona was again host to a range of large scale events including The Northface Freeski Open of New Zealand, the FIS Tech Series and the Burton High Fives. The Cardrona Junior Nationals was also held in the last week of the season which brought some fierce competition from the youngsters as expected. While the elite athletes competed there were plenty more awesome events for all types of competitors including the Cardrona Kids Cup, Volcom Peanut Butter Rail Jam, South Island Secondary School Champs, Dynastar Ski Masters and the NZ Youth Series and the Mini Pipe Champs. Keep a look out in 2015 for more awesome events at Cardrona including the biannual Audi quattro Winter Games

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone you visited Cardrona this winter! We hope you all had as much fun as we did and look forward to seeing you all back to hit the slopes next year! 

Check out our end of season video to relive the season that was 2014 :). Have a safe and happy summer…Cardrona Loves YOU!!

Cardrona Junior Nationals Review

Junior Nationals Winner Nico Porteous. Pic: Antony Hansen

Junior Nationals Shredder’s Overall Winner Nico Porteous. Pic: Antony Hansen

The Cardrona Freeski and Snowboard Junior Nationals took place last week with a large turnout of the country’s best Junior Snow Sports athletes eyeing up the 2014 National titles. Mother Nature turned the conditions on superbly with four ideal days of weather, perfect for the extensive nature of this competition! 

This year, like last, some amazing skiing and riding was on display across all the different age groups and all different event disciplines. There were 7 different age categories divided into male and female pools with the athletes ranging from 7-18 years of age.

Three Junior National competitors were also selected for the Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season Award: Carlos Garcia Knight, Hank Bilous and Finn Bilous. All the nominees had stellar performances over the week, Carlos and Finn both taking out their divisions and Hank laying out a huge back flip in the K2 Ski Freeride, undoubtedly the highlight of Day 4. 

Junior Nationals Winner Carlos Garcia Knight

Smith Snowboard Slopestyle Junior’s Podium: 1st: Carlos Garcia Knight 2nd: Liam Whiley 3rd: Seb Judge. Pic: Antony Hansen

The competition was fierce as all the different snow sport disciplines were ticked off which included GS (Giant Slalom), Boarder/Skier X, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Mountain/Freeride. After four days of different events for both skiers and snowboarders the Overall Junior National Champions were decided:

Ruggies (born 2007):
Ski girl: Poppy Freeman
Ski boy: Bayley McDonald
Snowboard girl: Cassandra Lyell
Snowboard boy: Zedyn Fellows

Grommets (born 2005 – 2006)
Ski boy: Gustav Legnavsky
Snowboard boy: Guseli Valentino and Zephyr Lovelock

Junior Nationals Freeski SlopestyleRippers (born 2003 – 2004)
Ski girl: Piper Cavanagh
Ski boy: Jasper Bloomfield
Snowboard girl: Hannah White
Snowboard boy: Zak Baikie

Shredders (born 2001 – 2002)
Ski girl: Maggie Little
Ski boy: Nico Porteous
Snowboard girl: Zoi Synott
Snowboard boy: Mitchell Davern

Junior Nationals Finn BilousYouth (born 1999 – 2000)
Female Ski: Annabelle Fisher
Male Ski: Finn Bilous
Female Snowboard: Briar Hight
Male Snowboard: Tiarn Collins

Junior (born 1996 – 1998)
Female Ski: Olivia Jones
Male Ski: Jackson Wells
Female Snowboard: Corrah Phillips
Male Snowboard: Carlos Garcia Knight

Junior Nationals WinnersFor video highlights from Day 1 -4 see below (Edits: Wanaka TV): 

Day 1:
Day 2 
Day 3 
Day 4 

Well done to everyone who competed and our 2014 Junior National Champions! See you all back at Cardrona next year! 

Closing Day is This Sunday!

We’re about to shut the door on another epic winter season at Cardrona so it’s time to send it off with a bang! Cardrona’s Closing Day is this Sunday (October 5) and is bound to bring plenty of good times as always! 

Closing Day 2014

After opening on schedule this season with limited snowfall things kicked into gear a few weeks later with well received snow falls in July and large dumps in August (which included nearly a metre of snow falling over a week!). August and early September then produced record breaking amazing weather much to the delight of everyone up the hill. An unbelievably long run of consecutive fine days stretched to nearly a month, the final count being 29 days of blue skies! 

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Live music from last year’s Closing Day

Cardrona was again host to a range large scale events including The Northface Freeski Open of New Zealand, the FIS Tech Series and the Burton High Fives. While the pros went at it there were plenty more fun events for all types of competitors including the Cardrona Kids Cup, Volcom Peanut Butter Rail Jam, South Island Secondary School Champs, Dynastar Ski Masters and the NZ Youth Series. Still to come is the Mini Pipe Champs on Saturday, while the Cardrona Junior Ski and Snowboard Nationals are currently underway this week. Keep a look out in 2015 for more awesome events at Cardrona including the biannual Winter Games. 

However, every winter must come to an end and this year we’re looking to celebrate another awesome season on Closing Day which will include: live musicians and a DJ, woodfire pizzas in the courtyard, outside bars at Captains and Base Area and of course some final fun laps on the slopes! 

All of us here at Cardrona would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who came up this season. Have a safe and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Cardrona LOVES YOU!!

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Pics: Closing Day 2013

The Burton High Fives Recap

Cardrona was the playground for a decent portion of the world’s best snowboarders last week when the third annual Burton High Fives took place. With two days of events up Cardrona there were some heroics to make the competition one to remember! Cardrona Junior Team Rider Carlos Garcia-Knight made his High Fives debut and not only took 7th place in men’s slopestyle, but was also Team Captain of the winning team which took away $70,000 USD! New Zealand rider Christy Prior was the only kiwi to stand on a podium with 3rd place in the Female’s Slopestyle and claimed the female’s style award! US rider Chloe Kim dominated the ladies halfpipe taking first place, at only 14 years of age she’s looking like one to keep an eye on!


Christy Prior and her team at the MINI off road challenge. Pic: Twitter @ChristyPrior

The Burton High Fives competition format gives the contest a unique feel like no other. Before heading up to Cardrona the athletes had two days of off-mountain, kiwi-inspired challenges. The challenges including MINI off road driving and blind driving challenges in a bid to score points for their team and walk away with a $70,000 USD team award. 

The 22 ft Olympic pipe as well as the World Cup Slopestyle course in Big Bucks Park were in top notch condition for the on-snow action. The Cardrona Parks crew constructed an epic set up for the slopestyle course featuring back-to-back wall ride features, a unique urban inspired street rail setup, a cannon rail and a giant cable reel, all which made creativity mandatory from the riders. Finishing the course was three perfectly shaped jumps.


Carlos Garcia Knight sending it large! Pic: Instagram @carlosgk

Seven New Zealand athletes were in action for the slopestyle finals. Christy Prior, Stefi Luxton, Shelly Gotlieb, Rebecca Torr and Ben Comber along with up and coming Cardrona Junior Riders Carlos Garcia Knight and JJ Rayward all had home ground advantage.  It was a High Fives debut for both Carlos and JJ who both had strong results during the northern hemisphere season and were thrilled to take part and compete at their home resort.

Sochi gold medalist Jamie Anderson set the bar high for the women right from the start and ended up on top, accompanied by Miyabi Onitsuka in second and Christy Prior nabbing third. For the men, Emil Ulsletten from Norway claimed top spot, while Canadian Darcy Sharpe came second and Japanese Yuki Kadono took third. Cardrona rider Carlos Garcia-Knight managed to stomp and impressive run taking 7th and leaving many of worlds best riders, including the likes of Mark McMorris, behind him.


Ben Ferguson ripping throwing down in the Olympic Superpipe. Pic: Phil Erickson

The second competition day was in the 22ft Olympic Pipe which was groomed to perfection. A relatively big crowd of captivated fans witnessed the dominance of 14-year old Chloe Kim in the women’s. She shot straight into first place after her first run, with a massive backside air into a frontside 540, McTwist, and a corked frontside 720 before finishing with a corked cab 720, to earn a score of 92.60. If haven’t heard of this girl yet then now you know! Silver went to Chinese Cai Xuetong followed by Japanese Ooe Hikaru in third. 

It was a historical day on mens side aswell when Zhang Yiwei claimed gold, cementing his spot as the first Chinese male rider to win an international snowboarding competition. Seamus O’Connor from Ireland was second and Aussie Nathan Johnstone took third.


Chloe Kim and Zhang Yiwei took first place spots in the halfpipe. Pic: Phil Erickson

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Spring at Cardrona Means Skiing Until 5pm!

Spring at Cardrona has been nothing less than EPIC so far and there’s plenty more good times to come! We have experienced a relentless run of beautiful blue skies in the first 10 days of Spring and due to the amazing conditions we have decided to keep lifts operating until 5pm when the weather is fine. Remember your sunblock unless you’re happy to sport a decent goggle tan! 

Apres Ski Evenings at Cardrona NZThe extended opening hours (on fine days) is just one of the many reasons why Spring at Cardrona is amazing. From 3pm on every fine day Cardrona will host ‘Apres Ski Evenings’ in the Base Area which will include music, food and drinks…the perfect way to end the day on a high! The Mezz Cafe is also open during the evenings for a delicious bite to eat before starting the drive down the hill. 

Spring at Cardrona also means more bang for your buck on lift passes! Our Spring Season Passes are still available which offer unlimited skiing and riding until Closing Day on October 5. To add to the spring celebrations, on good weather days a 2 hour lift pass is available for skiing and riding from 3-5pm. These are available to purchase from Guest Services up the mountain and are $32 for Adults, $17 for Children.

Cardrona Retail Store Spring SaleTo add to the spring celebrations, the Cardrona Retail Store is also holding a ‘Spring Sale’ with plenty of discounts including: 

  • 30-50% off Mons Royale clothing
  • 30-40% off Burton & Westbeach Outerwear
  • 30% off all Helmets and Goggles
  • 40% off all DVS shoes
    Get amongst some amazing deals up the hill!  

Spring at Cardrona means more fun, more sun, more laps for your buck, smaller queues, apres ski evenings, retail bargains…the list is endless! Don’t spend all summer wishing you spent more time on the slopes this year, there’s no better time this season to go skiing or riding! Cardrona Loves YOU! 

Gay Ski Week – Fabulous On and Off the Slopes

Gay ski Week

Paul Rust (far left) and friends after a free lesson/tour at Cardrona.

There has been an exciting mix of skiing, snowboarding, partying and heaps of fun with the Queenstown Gay Ski Week on this week! The glamorous extravaganza brought tourists from all around the world to New Zealand’s adventure capital to join in the festivities.

The days were filled with fabulous bluebird skiing at Cardrona while the nights were all about dancing, music and partying. To support Gay Ski Week, Cardrona hosted 2 hour free lessons/tours at 1.30pm every day with a range of different instructors. 

”It has been a truly awesome week of fun,” says Paul Rust on his 7th day of skiing at Cardrona. ”The slopes are in great condition and the sun has been out everyday. We have had instructors skiing with us daily and they have been fantastic!” While many of the attendants were skilled skiers and snowboarders, there were also beginners getting in on the fun. ”The ability level really doesn’t matter, from first timers to advanced, everybody was here to enjoy the mountain, the company and to have a wonderful time” says Cardrona snowboard instructor Damion Lee. “I have worked during Gay Ski Week a few times and it is always great! The people attending have the perfect attitude of taking everything out of the mountain as well as the lively Queenstown night life! 

While most of the event’s participants spent the whole week in Queenstown, some just popped over for a quick visit to see what all the fuss was about. “My partner is flying from Sydney just for a couple of days to get a taste of the event.” Says Paul, “I know many others doing the same with their friends and partners that do not ski.”

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A great turnout at Cardrona for Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week.

Themed parties, concerts, bingo nights, cabarets…the list of night time activities was somewhat endless!  “The challenge of the week is definitely the balance between skiing and night life. To have a big day of skiing today I definitely needed a quiet one last night!” Paul laughs. “It is my second time attending the Gay Ski Week and I definitely recommend it to everybody!” But out of all these activities Paul’s favourite was definitely the opening function: “The opening party was glorious, we had so much fun! However, I am sure the best part is still ahead; there is a heated pool party at the end of the week!” Paul finishes with a wink.

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World’s Best Athletes to Attend Burton High Fives


Ayumu Hirano sending it in the Halfpipe event of the 2013 High Fives. Pic by NZSnowboard

Spring is here and Cardrona is looking in stellar condition for the third annual Burton High Fives. This truly unique competition brings an extensive list of world-class snowboarders to New Zealand, including a number of X Games and Winter Olympic Medalists. It features on and off mountain activities, the opportunity to earn 5 star World Snowboard Tour points as well as a generous price purse of USD $80,000…small wonder why the High Fives attracts many of the worlds top snowboarders! All the action from the High Fives is available to view both live on the mountain and via live internet streaming. Following the action is easy both on and off hill with daily video highlight and full webcasts through Burton.

The High Fives at Cardrona is the opening event of the 2015 Burton Global Event Series. 60 of world’s best athletes will take part in this ‘invitation only’ competition. Top halfpipe riders include 2014 Olympians Taku Hiraoka, Ayumu Hirano, Kaitlyn Farrington, Xuetong Cai and Queralt Castellet. Chloe Kim, the 2014 US Open and 2013 High Fives women’s halfpipe silver medalist is also confirmed and one to watch this season.

The slopestyle competition is equally stacked with the world’s best, including 2014 US Open champion and Olympic medalist Mark McMorris, Olympic medalist and 2013 High Fives winner, Stale Sandbech, as well as snowboarding superstar Torstein Horgmo. The women’s slopestyle field includes 2014 US Open champion and Sochi gold medalist Jamie Anderson, Sochi silver medalist Enni Rukajärvi as well as Silje Norendal.


Off-mountain action with Stale Sandbech. Pic by NZSnowboard

New this year, as a salute to the host country’s up-and-coming pro riders, the line-up also features athletes from New Zealand including Cardrona Junior Team riders Carlos Garcia Knight and JJ Rayward. The kiwi ‘awesome-foursome’ will also be competing in the female division including Cardrona Team Ambassador Shelly Gotlieb along with Christy Prior, Rebecca ‘Possum’ Torr and Stefi Luxton. Australia is also well represented by Olympians Nathan Johnstone and Kent Kalister, brother and sister duo Cameron and Lauren Staveley, along with Matthew Cox, Emily Author and Jess Rich. For the most up-to-date rider list, see here.

The high fives are all about good times for the athletes as well as the spectators! During the first two days the contestants will be divided into teams and will compete against each other in kiwi inspired off-snow tasks in the Southern Lakes region. T
he following four days will see the teams up Cardrona, boosting high out of the Olympic Pipe and shredding the World Cup Slopestyle Course in Big Bucks Park

15_High_Fives_PosterThe 2014 Burton High Fives at Cardrona schedule: 

• Sunday, September 14th: Rider Arrival & Registration
• Monday, September 15th: Team Selection
• Tuesday, September 16th: Team Activities
• Wednesday, September 17th: Slopestyle & Halfpipe Training
• Thursday, September 18th: Slopestyle & Halfpipe Training
• Friday, September 19th: Slopestyle Finals
• Saturday, September 20th: Halfpipe Finals

Words by Veinalotta Vesterinen 

Scotty James’ Epic Snow Holiday

Cardrona has definitely been an extremely fun place to shred this season! Previous to having nearly three weeks of bluebird days in a row, guests had the pleasure of enjoying a bunch epic powder days in both July and August!


Epic pow day at Cardrona! Pic from Instagram @scottyjames31

The stunning weather has displayed relentless consistency with stoked skiers and snowboarders making the most out of the bluebird days and epic snow conditions. Professional Aussie Snowboarder Scotty James wanted to cross a few things off his bucket list this season, so when the Diaries Down Under crew flew him in for a Queenstown snow holiday he found his way over the range to Cardrona. 

A two-time Winter Olympian, Scotty has travelled the world a lot in his chosen profession. New Zealand and Cardrona are somewhat familiar to the 20-year-old athlete. ”I’ve been coming over for around 10 years but every time the country astonishes me”. This time the experience at Cardrona was extra special when Scotty got to hit a front country jump in knee-high powder. “It was a really great vibe and I had good fun out there snowboarding.”

To add extra spice to the holiday, Scotty was taken over to Milford Sound on a scenic flight with Real Journeys, “A sincerely wonderful experience flying over the mountains to the gorgeous fjord land. The place was so beautiful I just couldn’t let go of my camera!” On his five day trip Scotty had a chance to enjoy multiple Queenstown activities, snowboarding still being the highlight at the end. “For me it is all about having fun and doing what I enjoy and those epic powder turns at Cardrona were just that!”

Check out Scottys Instagram @scottyjames31 for some amazing photos of his trip or take a look at the full video below! 

Words by Veinalotta Vesterinen.