Another season is now in the history books at Cardrona with more good times and fond winter memories to cherish!
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.
The 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 NZsnowboard.com 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!!