While the Sochi Winter Olympics are now in the history books and won’t be back for another 4 years (and in Korea for that matter!) Cardrona Parks are still looking ripe for the shredding! Along with consistently offering world-class terrain park facilities, some new additions have graced our parks this season.
Check out this awesome article posted by Rachael Oaks-Ash from Snows Best to keep up with the play in Cardrona Parks this year:
21 Reasons Why You Need to Ride at Cardrona
Cardrona may be best known as a family resort but it also boasts 21 freestyle winter olympic medalists & new terrain parks for 2014.
Olympic hopeful snowboarders and skiers descended upon Cardrona on New Zealand’s South Island in the winter of 2013. They knew a good thing when they saw it and Cardrona’s Olympic sized super pipe, their halfpipe and terrain parks have long been known by those in the freestyle know as more than a good thing.
It makes for fun ski and snowboard super star spotting if you’re on a snow day out at Cardrona. Many an excited grommet has found him or herself on the chairlift with the likes of Torah Bright, Gus Kenworthy, Kim Lamarre and even Shaun White. Not bad company for a family day out.
The Cardrona southern hemisphere 2013 training ground paid off for twenty one skiers and boarders who secured themselves a Winter Olympic medal at Sochi in February this year.
New Terrain Parks for 2014
Cardrona have mixed it up in 2014 with a new terrain park and freestyle offering. All the parks have been renamed to reflect the new stag logo of Cardrona.
Big Bucks Park (was Heavy Metal) – home of NZ’s only World Cup homologated slope style course
Stag Lane (was Playzone)
Antlers Alley – this is a new intermediate Terrain Park including a small triple line
Lil’ Bucks Park (was Westerns) – a beginner park
Bambi Way – this is new and on the bunny slopes so perfect for tiny tots
Cardrona will be home again to some of the worlds best skiers and boarders for The North Face Open slopestyle and halfpipe AFP event from August 28 to 31 and the Burton High Five Series from September 18 to 20.
Words by Rachel Oaks-Ash.
Read the whole article “21 reasons you need to ride at Cardrona” at Snowsbest.com to find out who graced Cardrona’s Pipes and Parks last year and then went on to celebrate a podium finish at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics. If you haven’t checked out New Zealand’s Home of Freestyle yet, it’s definitely worth a look!