Cardrona Mega Avalanche Recap

The snow still lingering on the ground from the wintery blast earlier in the week didn’t deter a group of 50 determined downhillers from lining up for the Cardrona Mega Avalanche mountain bike race on Sunday (April 19). The course was relocated from Captain’s Basin to Skyline Ridge, to take riders down a less snowy, but no less challenging path.

The line-up saw a good mix of both sponsored riders and those newer to the sport. The ‘hare’ category (fastest rider wins) included local downhill legends, Reon Boe and Connor McFarlane as well as Swiss professional snowboarder and mountain biker, Alba Wunderlin. The ‘turtle’ category was for those wanting to ride at a more relaxed pace and included a variety of ages and abilities, the youngest being nine year old Gustav Legnavsky.

   
As per Mega Avalanche tradition, the race started with an open section where riders tussled for position before descending into the single track. Reon Boe and Mike Davis led the charge down the first single track section ‘Morning Glory’. Although the positioning in the first open section usually dictates the final outcome, there were opportunities to overtake along the way, especially if you were prepared to fight for it…as proved by Connor McFarlane.

Connor was the first through the finish line with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds and explained his strategy to ONE News: “Be the fastest people into the single track or else it’s game over. Get your elbows out, try to make your mates crash!”

The snow melt added a muddy element to the already demanding course but the riders were up to the challenge, enjoying a mixture of gravel, mud, snow, single track, goat tracks, berms, rhythm sections and river crossings.
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Connor said about the course: “It was actually sick… heaps of single track that we hardly ever get in a Mega so it was awesome. So then we went into some flat out bombing of the hills with rocks and tussocks and ruts and then flat out into the paddocks in the bottom. It was a real good mix of everything and pedaling to hurt the lungs.”

Alba Wunderlin, who had slept in her car the night before the race so she could get an early start, was the first female rider through the finish gates with a time of 19 minutes and 17 seconds.

The euphoria of finishing the race was heightened as the competitors rode into a packed stadium at the Repco Race to the Sky Arena and into the motorsport start line. $5000 in cash and spot prizes was awarded in the arena. See full results here.
finish line    Winner men's Connor McFarlane. P: Mons Royale

Women's winner Alba Wunderlin.    Youngest competitor, nine year old Gustav Legnasky
The turtle division turned out to be profitable for the riders who found ‘gold nuggets’ along the way down the trail. Spot prizes of merino clothing, backpacks, protective clothing and headwear were awarded to those with the special rocks.

Thanks to our presentation sponsor Outside Sports and additional sponsors Altitude Brewing, Smith Optics, Foxhead, Race Face, Mons Royale and Highlands Motorsport Park for helping make the first Cardrona Mega Avalanche such a memorable event. See you next year!

 

Pre-season Wintery Blast hits Cardrona!

With less than two months until opening day, the first snow storm of the 2015 Winter Season hit the hilltops and Cardrona turned from golden brown to wintry white in a matter of hours.

Last Saturday April 11 shows a typical autumn day, clear with just a little chill in the air and the Cardrona Bike Park was all go.  24 hours later and Cardrona had a very different look!
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By April 13, the snow had built up.  It’s pretty rare to see snow drifts like this in April. Could this be a sign of good things to come?

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Cardrona’s resident snowman, Frostie, looked pretty excited!

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The Cardrona base buildings: looks more like July than April!
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The large accumulations caught some of Bike Park staff by surprise
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Ski Patrol in April, that’s a first!
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Everything is frozen!
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Need some serious sun before this thing will be carrying bikes again.
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If these wintry white images have got you craving the snowy slopes, thinking about carving down the wide open groomers or dropping rocks into the powder, make your dreams a reality and get your season pass before April 30 to save up to $500!

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With the longest scheduled winter season in the South Island (June 13 to October 11) Cardrona Season Passes offer more value than ever. Could this recent weather be a positive sign for our extended winter season?


Cardrona Mini Avalanche scheduled Saturday April 18

IMPORTANT UPDATE 16.04.15: Due to the pre-season wintery blast that hit Cardrona earlier this week  we have been forced to close the Cardrona Bike Park and unfortunately the Mini Avalanche has been cancelled.  The Mega Avalanche will still run as scheduled on Sunday April 19. More details here.

For young riders wanting a piece of the downhill mountain bike race action, be sure to sign up for the Cardrona Mini Avalanche on Saturday 18th April (the day before the Cardrona Mega Avalanche)! Great prizes will be up for grabs!

The Mini Avalanche is suitable for riders of beginner-intermediate level with some mountain biking experience. The course will be down the green (easy) Afternoon Delight trail that runs along the Skyline Ridge. Spectators and parents will be able to watch the action from the Skyline Ridge. 

Details:

  • Race starts at the top of White Star chairlift at 1pm.
  • Entry is FREE with a lift pass ($40 per child).
  • Register on the day before 11am at Cardrona Bike Park ticket office.
  • Two age divisions: 10 & under and 16 & under.
  • Helmets are compulsory.
  • Gloves and protective clothing (such as knee guards) are recommended.

The Bike Park opens at 10am so we suggest you take a couple of runs down the course before the race.  In the meantime, take a virtual ride on Afternoon Delight to get yourself pumped…



For the more extreme downhillers, we have the 1330 vertical metre Cardrona Mega Avalanche on the following day, Sunday April 19. The Mega Avalanche is a downhill mountain bike event that mixes gravity assisted excitement with endurance levels of fitness. The 10km course is a mix of open gravel trails, twisty single tracks, steep descents and narrow technical switchbacks. The race finishes in spectacular style in the Race to the Sky Village, in the Cardrona Valley. $5000 worth of cash and spot prizes will be awarded.

 

 

 

 

Highlights from Easter Weekend at Cardrona Bike Park

Easter Weekend saw the reopening of the Cardrona Bike Park. With new beginner, intermediate and advanced trails open, as well as our very first Easter Egg Hunt, the weekend was a blast for families and hard-core down-hillers alike!

Autumn is well underway and the hills have taken on a golden tone. The weather has been favourable – and decidedly warm at times – making for epic autumn alpine riding.

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The new trails have been a hit! The beginner trail running along the Skyline Ridge, Afternoon Delight, lives up to its name delighting those wanting a mellow, meandering ride. Grasshopper is a short, snappy intermediate run underneath the White Star chairlift and features some technical rock drops and fun berms.

The more advanced Crank Shaft is for those wanting some serious downhill action. Combine with one of the upper trails such as Arcadia or Ridge Rider, to experience a full 600 metres of vertical! The trail starts at the base of White Star chairlift and cuts down through the Valley View lift area ending with a short section through the Ponderosa Pines, onto the access road. From there a shuttle service takes riders back up to the carpark.

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Easter Egg Hunt

For families and youngsters, the highlight of the weekend was most definitely the Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Cardrona’s famous hostess, Carol, led the charge on-foot with a treasure hunt for the littlies at the Kid’s Bike Park. Even the youngest hunters raced around and found the hidden treats.

Next was a two-wheeled hunt for the older kids. A group of keen youngsters was lead down the new Afternoon Delight trail where they scrambled around rocks to find chocolate treasures. For some it was their very first experience of lift-accessed down-hill mountain biking, and although there were some challenging moments, it is safe to say they were all stoked with the experience. All the kids finished with bulging pockets of chocolate treats and smiles on their faces!

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Coming up

Coming up in the last weekend of the school holidays we host both the Mini Avalanche and Mega Avalanche downhill mountain bike races on the 18th and 19th of April respectively.

The Mini Avalanche is for under 17 year olds with two age divisions: 10 & under and 16 & under. Watch out for more details coming soon to cardrona.com.

The Mega Avalanche is a downhill mountain bike event that mixes gravity assisted excitement with endurance levels of fitness! The 14km, 1330 vertical metre downhill course is a mix of open trails, twisty single tracks, steep descents and narrow technical switchbacks, ending with a spectacular finish in the Race to the Sky Village in Cardrona Valley. More details here.

Whether you want to give your kids their first taste of down-hill mountain biking, or if you’re a down-hill demon, Cardrona Bike Park has the trails for you! The Cardrona Bike Park is open until the 19th April.

 

 

 

Work where you play this winter!

Whether you’re a seasoned winter professional or you’re keen to experience a snow season for the first time – if you want a REAL job working in the NZ snow industry this winter, we have a job for you!

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Cardrona staff are passionate about the snow industry – we love our jobs and we love to have fun! Our team of staff (from all over the world) are friendly, polite, extremely helpful and are always willing to go the extra mile to provide an amazing experience for our guests.

You MUST want to have an EPIC season and pass your enjoyment onto our guests to ensure they have the best ski resort experience ever! 

If this sounds like you – come join us!

What’s in it for you?

• CARDRONA SEASON PASS: if you work more than four days per week of the winter season you are entitled to a FREE season pass. Part-timers get a heavily discounted rate too!

20130713_124819• CARDRONA PASSES: up to 6 half price day passes for friends and family to enjoy.

• TREBLE CONE: full-timers are entitled to a TC pass for only $30 per day.

• OTHER NZ RESORTS: full-timers receive up to a 50% discount with other resorts around NZ.

• ON MOUNTAIN CAFES: discounts at Cardrona’s mountain cafes on both food and coffee.

• ON MOUNTAIN RETAIL STORE: up to 25% off a range of items and some at wholesale price.

• RENTALS: discounts on workshop repairs and daily/seasonal rental (subject to customer demand).

• STAFF SOCIAL FUNCTIONS: invites to departmental and all mountain social functions.Cardrona NZ Portrait 1

• FREE: tea, coffee and hot chocolate in the staff room.

• FREE: group lessons to enhance your skiing and boarding abilities.

• DISCOUNTS: in retail shops, cafes, gyms and activities in Wanaka, Queenstown and beyond.

• SUBSIDISED: staff uniform that you can keep at the end of the season.

What positions are available?

We have a huge range of positions available, ranging from making coffee, operating lifts, caring for kids to working in events….the following positions are open until the 19th April 2015. A full description of the positions and applications can be found here.

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Lift Attendants
Carpark Hosts
Mountain Host

Apartments

Housekeeping & Cleaning Coordinator
Housekeeper

Food & Beverage/Hospitality

Hospitality Night Duty Manager
Barista
Café Assistant – Front of House
Dishwasher
Food Preparation Assistant
Cook
Chef
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Rental/Retail

Retail Assistant – Snowshop
Rental Workshop Technician
Rental Assistant

Ticket Office

Money Room Assistant
Ticket Office Assistant – Queenstown
Ticket Office Assistant

Kid’s Centre

Kid’s Centre Teachers

Key Dates

Cardrona’s scheduled season runs from the 13th June to the 11th of October 2015. Most staff start paid training on the Friday prior to opening day and generally finish on closing day. Some staff start earlier or finish later than these dates as extra prep or cleaning is necessary. You will generally work 5 days a week; about 7 – 8 hours a day. Hours or shifts may be altered due to guest demand during our busy and quiet times.

Applications for Mountain Positions Close

19th April 2015

Cardrona Onboard training for General Mountain NEW employees

8th June 2015

Cardrona Onboard training for NEW Ski & Snowboard School employees

15th June 2015

Cardrona department specific training

To be confirmed

Scheduled opening date for 2015 winter season. Woo Hoo!

Saturday 13th June 2015

Scheduled closing date for 2015 winter season

Sunday 11th October 2015


More information and FAQs.

So what are you waiting for? Get your application in now and secure yourself the best, most fun, REAL job you can have on snow!

Last chance to save on Season Passes!

Autumn is now in full swing and winter’s just around the corner so it’s your last chance to grab a deal on 2015 Cardrona Season Passes! Get your pass, your way and save up to $500 when you buy a Late Bird Season Pass before April 30th.

Cardrona Alpine Resort from baseWith the longest scheduled winter season in the South Island (June 13 to October 11) Cardrona Season Passes offer more value than ever.

PLUS, enjoy the flexibility of hitting the snow when it suits YOU! With two new pass options available for 2015, the choice is yours… ‘Saver’ Season Passes can be used on any day of the 2015 winter season except Monday June 29th – Sunday July 19th, while  ‘Unlimited’ Season Passes can be used on any day of the 2015 winter season.

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Latebird Season Passes (April 1st-30th)  
Adult Saver$799
Adult Unlimited$999
Student Saver$620
Student Unlimited$650
Child Saver$199
Child Unlimited$275
Senior Saver (65-74yrs)$299
Senior Unlimited (65-74yrs)$399
Full Unlimited Season Passes (May 1st onwards)  
Adult$1,299
Student$650
Child$399
Senior$449

Child rates apply to guests aged 6-17yrs and Adult rates apply to guests 18yrs and over (ages are taken from June 1st, 2015). Kids 5yrs and under and Seniors 75yrs and over ski for free and can pick up a Season Pass RFID card.

Loyalty Discounts

Loyalty discounts 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. Be sure to mention if you’re a 2014 Season Pass holder when purchasing your Late Bird Season Pass this month!

Local Benefits

For a limited time, Local School kids can pick up an Unlimited Season Pass for $99 (Primary) or $150 (Secondary). 

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Cardrona Season Pass holders qualify for discounts on a range of activities.

Discounts valid for 2015 season from June 13 to December 31, 2015. More details here.

Don’t wait any longer… grab a Season Pass this month and save on an EPIC winter of skiing and riding!





Cardrona Mega Avalanche scheduled for April 19!

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IMPORTANT UPDATE 16.04.15:
Due to the pre-season wintery blast that hit Cardrona earlier this week (see picture on left, taken today) we have been forced to close the Cardrona Bike Park.  However, the Mega Avalanche event will still run as scheduled on Sunday April 19, with revised routing.

The new course will run from the Skyline Ridge, down Morning Glory, onto Crankshaft and continue on the original course from there.  Please read the detailed information in the Cardrona Mega Avalanche EVENT INFORMATION revised 16.04.15 PDF or email Cardrona Events.


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

CARDRONA BIKE PARK

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.

REPCO RACE TO THE SKY PRESENTED BY HIGHLANDS

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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Win a 15,000ft skydive with NZONE Skydive, New Zealand’s first tandem skydive operation!!
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.

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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!

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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.