Cardrona Mega Avalanche scheduled for April 19!

rsz_mega_avalanche_flyerThe very first Cardrona Mega Avalanche Mountain Bike race will commence on April 19!

Cardrona and Highlands Motorsport Park are collaborating to bring mountain bike racing into the motorsport arena of the Race to the Sky event.  On the last day of the bike park season, Sunday April 19, Cardrona will host the Mega Avalanche, a downhill mountain bike event that mixes gravity assisted excitement with endurance levels of fitness.

True to Mega Avalanche form, the race starts with a mass sprint to get to the front of the pack before entering the narrower sections of the course. The course is a mix of twisty single tracks, steep descents and narrow technical switchbacks. The spectacular finish line in Cardrona Village sees riders drop off a ramp into the awards arena where five thousand dollars worth of cash and spot prizes will be awarded.

Mega Avalanche originated 20 years ago in Alpe D’Huez in the French Alps which now receives around 1400 participants from over 20 countries.  This is the first year for the Cardrona Mega Avalanche but due to the universal popularity of enduro racing and downhill mountain biking, it is expected that the race will become a rite of passage for enthusiasts from around New Zealand and the world.

The Cardrona Mega Avalanche is presented by Outside Sports and additional sponsors include Altitude, Smith, Fox, Race Face, Mons Royale and Highlands Motorsport Park. 

Application forms and information to come…watch this space! 


Cardrona-Mega-Avalanche_Logo_2015The Cardrona Bike Park will be open from April 4-19, which will be the last opportunity to ride at Cardrona before the winter season’s opening day on June 13. The Cardrona Bike Park will be open daily from 10am-4pm with the Whitestar chairlift operating for trail access.

New trails are currently under construction that will increase the amount of beginner’s terrain considerably to suit recreational mountain bikers and families.   An on-mountain workshop for bike maintenance and repairs, a retail store, as well as food and beverage facilities will also be available. Cardrona is currently taking bookings for their on-mountain accommodation over the April opening period.


New Zealand’s iconic Race to the Sky was last held in 2007. From April 18 to 19,  with the support of one of New Zealand’s most respected automotive brands: Repco, the Highlands’ team will bring this unique and thrilling event back to life. Since the world-famous Pikes Peak route was sealed, the Race to the Sky is now the world’s longest gravel hill climb.

Early Bird Flexi Pass Sale!

Flexi Pass LogoLooking to visit Wanaka and Queenstown’s largest ski areas after July 20th this season? Save 25% on 3 & 4 day Flexi Passes for the month of March and enjoy the freedom of skiing/riding either Cardrona or Treble Cone on one flexible lift pass!

To celebrate the launch of our new Flexi Pass in 2015, Cardrona & Treble Cone are offering a massive 25% discount on 3 & 4 day Adult, Child and Student Flexi Passes! This deal is only available for purchase online and until March 31st so get in quick!

Powder turn off Mcdougalls, CardronaThe Early Bird Flexi Passes are valid for use from July 20th – End of Season 2015 and must be used within 7 days of the first day skiing or snowboarding. 

Explore 850 hectares of New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding terrain: gentle beginner slopes, terrain parks and half pipes, wide open groomers or challenging steeps and powder stashes… the choice is yours…

The Flexi Pass can be used on consecutive or non-consecutive days and a number of additional discounts are on offer for unique activities and experiences across Wanaka and Queenstown for Flexi Pass holders!
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Everyone who purchases a 3 or 4 day flexi pass this month will automatically go in the draw to win a 15,000ft skydive in Queenstown, valued at $439!! The winner will be drawn on the 1st of April so be sure to keep a look out on our Facebook page for the results.

Early Bird Flexi Pass Deals
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Adult 4 Day Flexi Pass$372$279$93
Adult 3 Day Flexi Pass$285$213$71
Child 4 Day Flexi Pass$184$138$46
Child 3 Day Flexi Pass$141$105$35
Student 4 Day Flexi Pass$284$213$71
Student 3 Day Flexi Pass$216$162$54

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Early Bird Flexi Pass Terms and Conditions
  • Early Bird Flexi Passes are valid for use from July 20th – End of Season 2015
  • Early Bird Flexi Passes must be used within 7 days of the first day skiing or snowboarding
  • The Early Bird Flexi Pass offer is only available for purchase until March 31st, 2015
  • The Early Bird Flexi Pass offer is available online only from either Cardrona or Treble Cone
  • Flexi Passes can be collected and redeemed at both Cardrona and Treble Cone
  • All prices are in $NZD and include GST
  • All other mountain terms and conditions apply 


Early Bird Season Passes on Sale NOW!

Get your pass, your way this winter with a 2015 Cardrona Early Bird Season Pass! Cardrona Early Bird Season Passes are on sale NOW until March 31st so don’t miss out! 

earlybird1 jpeg (1280x720)Enjoy the flexibility of hitting the snow when it suits YOU! With two new pass options available for 2015 the choice is yours…

If you do not wish to include the first school holiday period in your pass then a ‘Saver’ Season Pass is your best option. Saver Season Passes can be used on any day of the 2015 winter season except from Monday June 29th – Sunday July 19th. If you want the ultimate flexibility to use your pass ANY day of the extended 2015 winter season then an ‘Unlimited’ Season pass is the one for you…

That’s right! Winter has been extended for 2015! Enjoy even more time on the slopes this winter with two extra weeks to ski or snowboard. Cardrona’s winter season is scheduled to run from June 13 – October 11, making it the longest scheduled winter season in the South Island. 

Loyalty discounts also apply to 2014 Season Pass holders! Adults and Students who purchased a 2014 Season Pass will get $20 ‘Cardrona Dollars’ (Cardrona$) loaded onto their pass to spend anywhere up the mountain. Kids and Seniors will get $5 ‘Cardrona Dollars’ (Cardrona$) to spend so be sure to mention if you’re a 2014 Season Pass holder when purchasing your Early Bird Season Pass this month! 

Book your winter ski & snowboard lifestyle now!


Earlybird Season Passes (March 1st - 31st)
Adult Saver$599
Adult Unlimited$799
Student Saver$520
Student Unlimited$620
Child Saver$165
Child Unlimited$199
Senior Saver (65-74yrs)$270
Senior Unlimited (65-74yrs) $299

2015 Cardrona Season Pass holders also get HEAPS of amazing discounts with Real Journeys which include: 

20% off ALL these Real Journey’s activities:

  • TSS EarnslawTSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises
  • Walter Peak Farm Tour Experiences*
  • Walter Peak BBQ Lunch
  • Walter Peak BBQ Dinner
  • Walter Peak – one way bike transfer
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Milford Sound Scenic & Nature Cruises (from Milford Sound)
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises (from Manapouri)
  • Stewart Island Experience activities: Stewart Island Ferry Services, Village & Bays Tours & Paterson Inlet Cruises.

*During TSS Earnslaw survey periods, a launch will substitute.

*Discounts valid for 2015 season from 13 June to 31 December.

2015 Cardrona Season Pass holders will also receive discounts on Day Lift Passes when visiting our friends at Mt Ruapehu, Porters, Rainbow, Mt. Lyford and Mt. Dobson

Adult: $20
Student: $15
Child: $10

Wait…there’s more! 2015 Cardrona Season Pass holders also get amazing deals with our mates at Southern Lakes Heli Ski! With exclusive discounted rates on both Early Bird Multi Day Heliski Season Passes and ‘Stand By’ day rates it’s the perfect opportunity to book that heli trip you’ve been dreaming of! For all Southern Lakes Heli Ski benefits see here

So what are you waiting for? Grab an Early Bird Season Pass this month and save on an EPIC winter of skiing and riding! 

NZ O Week Student Season Pass Special!

Are you a student that LOVES snow as much as us!? For a limited time you can pick up a 2015 student season pass for the crazy low O Week price of $375!!

Flexi Pass at CardronaThe O Week special offers a Cardrona Unlimited Student Season Pass (only available to New Zealand or Australian tertiary students) and will let you ski or ride any day of the 2015 winter season. 

Winter 2015 has been extended! Now with your unlimited season pass you’ll get an extra 2 weeks to shred! Opening Day is now scheduled for June 13th and Closing Day is on October 11 so plenty of time to get your fair share of epic days up the hill…

Be quick because this offer is only available online from February 16th- 28th (offer will close at midnight).

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2015 also holds some exciting new developments for Cardrona including the purchasing of 4 new Kassbohrer Pisten Bully Groomers and a state of the art ‘Snow Sat’ system (an approximately $2 million NZD investment). Cardrona will be the first ski area in the Southern Hemisphere to utilise the integrated GPS snow and fleet management Snow Sat system which helps provide premium slope quality, more environmentally friendly operations and improved slope management and snow depth measurement technology. 

Terms and conditions apply (read below) to get the most bang for your buck this winter…

T&C’s: STUDENT  of 18+ years must be enrolled full time (minimum 32 weeks in a calendar year) with a New Zealand or Australian tertiary institution. Student ID and proof of full time status (letter from institution) is required. ID card must be in English and include a valid expiry date. ISIC cards are not accepted.

Cardrona Extends Winter Season

With June quickly approaching, Cardrona has decided to extend their winter season by two weeks! The 2015 winter season is scheduled to start a week earlier and finish a week later than normal meaning more opportunities to get up the mountain for all types of snow lovers.

Cardrona Alpine Resort 2014Cardrona now have the longest scheduled winter season in the South Island. The 2015 Opening Day will be on June 13 and Closing Day is scheduled for October 11. Dates are weather dependent and the first week of the season will see limited beginner’s terrain on offer with additional terrain opening as snowfall allows. Can’t wait for winter yeah!?

Cardrona have also invested heavily into improving the quality and number of groomed trails for all types of skiers and snowboarders. Approximately $2 million NZD has been invested by purchasing 4 new Kassbohrer Pisten Bully Groomers and a state of the art ‘Snow Sat’ system. Cardrona will be the first ski area in the Southern Hemisphere to utilise the integrated GPS snow and fleet management Snow Sat system which provides:

Cardrona corduroy• Premium slope quality

• More environmentally friendly operating from reducing fuel consumption by 8% and operating time by 5%

• A 15% reduction in the need to make snow

• Improved slope management technology and snow depth measurement for increased accuracy in guest communications relating to snow base depth

Plans are also in place to widen a number of trails and conduct earthworks to improve terrain park facilities for the upcoming winter season. Improvements will include the linking of ‘Valley View’ and ‘Tail Race’ trails which will make it considerably easier to explore terrain accessed by the Valley View Chairlift from the upper mountain.

500 metres of additional snow fencing will also be installed to increase the ability to collect snow naturally. This should result in using less artificial water and snow groomer hours while providing higher quality slope conditions in a more environmentally friendly manner.

That’s not all! Improvements to the Cardrona access road will also be underway before the season begins including:

Cardrona Access Road• Improving the road width in tight areas to make access safer and more user friendly

• Adding more safety barriers to the road side

• Constructing safe passing zones for quicker traffic flow

• Surface based road works (improved drainage and gravelling)

With all these improvements it’s hard not to keep an eye on the calendar…start getting amped for winter 2015! 

Cardrona’s ‘Early Bird’ Season Pass Sale is also drawing near, running from March 1st -31st with the ‘Late Bird’ Season Pass Sale following from April 1st-30th. Season Pass prices are now online. 

Cardrona Bike Park Reopening in April!

Back by popular demand, the Cardrona Bike Park will reopen in April over the Easter break and school holidays! If you’re after the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied over the holidays then look no further!  

Cardrona Bike Park Whitestar ChairliftThe Cardrona Bike Park will be open from April 4-19, which will be the last opportunity to get up Cardrona before our winter season’s Opening Day (June 13). The Cardrona Bike Park will be open daily from 10am-4pm with the Whitestar chairlift operating for trail access. If you haven’t experienced a ride on New Zealand’s highest lift-accessed mountain biking trails yet this is your chance before winter arrives! 

Work is currently underway to increase Cardrona Bike Park’s trail network for mountain bikers in April. This includes the construction of more beginner trails to suit recreational mountain bikers and families.  There will be something for all types of mountain bikers come April, including the kids fun park to keep the young ones happy over the school holidays!

The very first Cardrona Mega Avalanche Mountain Bike race will commence on April 19! For more details see here.

For the little riders out there, come along for our two-wheel Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April 5! The trails and kid’s area will be chocca with treats… and look out for some familiar Cardrona personalities! Suitable for children of all ages and riding ability. The fun starts at 1pm.

On-mountain accommodation will be available from April 4 in the Cardrona apartments. There are different accommodation options available including shared or private apartments and bookings are essential! For more detailed info about our on-mountain accommodation email

Cardrona Bike Park DownhillThere will also be an on-mountain workshop for bike maintenance and repairs along with a Cardrona Bike Park retail store. Food and beverage facilities will also be available to keep the energy levels high to shred the dirt all day long! 

Lift Passes will be available for purchase at the on-mountain guest services building from 9am daily. 

If you didn’t check out Cardrona Bike Park this summer take a look at our trail map or video below.

Get active, get dirty and experience even more alpine fun at the Cardrona Bike Park this April…see you up here!

For the most up to date information on the Cardrona Bike Park, choose one of the following options: 

  • Call our Dirt Phone 03 443 7007
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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. 
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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!