FIS Continental Cup events warm up to Winter Games

Freeskier at Cardrona Parks.

Photo: Andrew Sloane Photography. Skier unknown

With just 27 days to go until the Audi quattro Winter Games, the FIS Continental Cup Freeski & Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe are on this weekend at Cardrona as warm up events for the Games. The Continental Cup is seen as a golden opportunity for young athletes, such as the Snow Sports NZ Talent Development Squad, to earn valuable points for FIS World Cup competitions and set them on an international competitive pathway.

“It’s a good opportunity for first time FIS competitors to earn points for Northern Hemisphere events or perhaps earn enough points to compete at the Winter Games at the end of the month,” said Adam Dooney of Snow Sports New Zealand.

Young athletes competing

Cardrona Parks Squad coach, Mitch Brown, confirms that five Snow Sports Development Team snowboard athletes will be competing this weekend, including Zoi Sadowski Synnott, Lachland Blackmore, Ronan Thompson, Fletcher Craig and Tian Collins. For some of these young athletes it will be their first taste of an FIS event.

Mitch reports that Cardrona’s Big Bucks Park is in fine form: “It’s in tip top condition, a world class course. The park boys have done a great job.”

The athletes themselves are amped for the weekend. “The park and pipe is on point,” said Fletcher Craig. Ronan Thompson is stoked on the park, especially the Whale Tail feature and Lachie Blackmore reckons the “jumps are in perfect condition.”

Cardrona Parks video

See for yourself how good Cardrona Parks are looking, video taken in Big Bucks Park earlier this week:

More about these events

The FIS Continental Cup Freeski and Snowboard Slopestyle is at Cardrona on Saturday 25th July, in Big Bucks Park, starting at 9am.

The FIS Continental Cup Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe is at Cardrona on Sunday 26th July, in the Olympic Superpipe, starting at 9am.

More details at Snow Sports NZ.

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Winter Games Events at Cardrona

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Winter Games Update: one month to go!

With one month until the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ begin, there are strong fields registered for Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle events and we look forward to welcoming some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to Cardrona this August.

Here is the latest news from Winter Games NZ.

Park & Pipe training at Cardrona

We’ve had an epic opening to the winter season, and as a result the pipe grooming crew has worked their magic with the 22ft Olympic Halfpipe opening last week! Our largest triple line in Big Bucks Park is already looking very nice and it will be developed over the next six weeks with input from the NZ team. Check out our latest pipe and park video:

Our goal is to have the Halfpipe and Slopestyle courses open as much as we can this season, with minimal event closures prior to the Winter Games NZ. Remember, Winter Games events at Cardrona will only affect the very elite facilities, everything else will be open for you to enjoy!

AFP Platinum Events

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ freeski events to be held at Cardrona in August join other prestigious international events in being sanctioned by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) at Platinum level.

Top Scandinavian and French athletes are headlining the international entries for freeski events at Cardrona in Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air, reflecting the high standard achieved by Winter Games NZ and positions it on the same level as such events as X Games, Dew Tour, USSA Grand Prix and the Jon Olsson Invitational.

The Freeski Halfpipe and Slopestyle events remain as per FIS WC rules through the FIS system.

Freeski Big Air

It has now been confirmed that the Freeski Big Air event will be AFP sanctioned, and will not be a FIS event. Entry information will be available soon, in the meantime visit Winter Games for more information.

50 day countdown 

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Other Winter Games information

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Winter Games Events at Cardrona

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School Holidays Kids’ Events a Blast!

July School Holidays are a wrap and so are our first two events of the Winter 2015 season! The ever popular Cardrona Kids’ Cup and the inaugural School Holidays Jib Jam went off in style this week with a bunch of enthusiastic young freestyle skiers and snowboarders ripping it up!

Looking up at Cardrona Kids Cup slopestyle courseCardrona Kids’ Cup

First up for the week was the Cardrona Kids’ Cup. The day started with challenging snowy and windy weather. But as the lifts opened, the clouds cleared and the sun shone down on an immaculately groomed course in the Lil’ Bucks Park!

The course for this year’s Cup offered many different options for the groms in the newly extended Lil’ Bucks Park. At the top of the course was a small-medium triple jump line and from there it opened up

with three alternative directions for riders. The competitors could choose between two more jumps, or two box lines including a shotgun rail, flat-down box, disco box, rainbow box and long box.

Athletes were divided into three different age divisions: Ruggies (5-7yrs), Grommets (8-9yrs), and Rippers (10-11yrs). The freestyle manoeuvres were judged by a panel of three with scores based on variety, difficulty and execution.

Perhaps the most impressive turn out of the day was the Ruggies Girl’s Ski category with a total of seven little under 6 girls dropping in and showing their stuff! The winner, Sylvia Trotter, impressed the judges with airs over the jumps and smooth riding over the boxes.


Medals and prizes were presented for 1st–3rd in each age division/discipline from our awesome sponsors Dragon and Rossignol, with loads of Calci Yum and other spot prizes for everyone!

Young skier slides box in Cardrona terrain parkSki Girls:

Ruggies: Sylvia Trotter
Grommets: Cooper Venter
Rippers: Jet Venter

Ski Boys:

Ruggies: Liam Richards
Grommets: Finley Melville Ives
Rippers: Max McDonald

Snowboard Girls:

Grommets: Lucia GeorgalliYoung snowboarder going over jump with Method grab in Cardrona terrain park
Rippers: Mila Stalker

Snowboard Boys:

Grommets: Rocco Jamieson
Rippers: Lochie Hall

Check out the full list of results below:

Cardrona Kids’ Cup 2015 Results

School Holidays Jib Jam

Looking down Jib Jam mini slopestyle course in WanakaThe week finished with a bang as the kids hit the town for the School Holidays Jib Jam, presented by Outside Sports, an event inspired by the Light Up Wanaka community campaign. Snow was trucked down from the mountain to form a mini terrain park outside the Bullock Bar in Wanaka. Two features, a long box and a long pipe rail, and floodlights were set up for the under 16s to show off their freestyle steeze!

A massive turn out of frothing groms turned up, including local freeski legends Finn Bilous, Manu Barnard, Felix Klein and a bunch of our Grom Team riders. MC for the night was our multi-talented Cardrona Junior Team member, 13 year old freeskier Nico Porteous, just having arrived home from a Northern Hemisphere summer camp.

Kids with Pengi, Cardrona mascotCompetitors were given one and half hours to session the features and throw down their best tricks to impress the judges. Two finalists from each age category were then chosen and a ride-off ensued with each rider trying to out-jib their opponent!

The focus was on FUN, and the casual atmosphere meant the competitors tried some unique manoeuvres over the features, including a tandem 90 (sideways) slide along the long box by Ben Harrington and Manu Barnard!


Outside Sports presented the winners with awesome product prizes and Wanaka’s new trampoline and airbag hot spot, the Airshed provided the runner’s up with free session cards.

The winners were:

8 and under Snowboarders:Young snowboarder on box at Jib Jam
Riley Jackson
Lucia Georgalli (the only female rider of the night!)

9-11 year Snowboarders:
Rocco Jamieson

12 and over Snowboarders:
Cory O’Reagn

Skier on rail at Jib Jam8 and under Skiers:
Logan Miller

9-11 year Skiers:
Luca Harrington

12 and over Skiers:
Finn Bilious

Introducing the Cardrona NZ Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Team

Cardrona NZ Adaptive Snowsports team, Adam Hall, Corey Peters, Carl MurphyUnder a newly signed agreement with Snow Sports NZ, Cardrona has become the naming rights sponsor of the NZ Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Teams.

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Sports NZ have a long-standing partnership in Adaptive Snowsports with the NZ Adaptive Team of Adam Hall (also a Cardrona Team Ambassador), Carl Murphy and Corey Peters having trained here for many seasons.

The sponsorship agreement recognises the importance of the partnership and cements our relationship with Snow Sports NZ. The sponsorship will run through to the end of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, during which time the NZ Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Team will be called the Cardrona NZ Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Team.

Snowsports NZ and Cardrona work together

Corey Peters adaptive ski racerOur General Manager, Bridget Legnavsky is excited about securing naming rights for the New Zealand Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Team. “It’s a great way to formalise a relationship that we have had for many years with adaptive athletes and we are delighted to align our brand with such an inspiring group of people.”

Martin Toomey, Chief Executive of Snow Sports NZ, is proud to build on the already strong relationship between Cardrona and Snow Sports NZ. “Both organisations recognise the importance of competitive snow sports not only for the New Zealand snow sports industry, but for showcasing Cardrona and New Zealand’s most talented athletes on the World Stage.”

We are looking forward to watching this legendary team progress throughout the Winter 2015 season and beyond, all the best to Adam, Corey and Carl!

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Cardrona’s Adaptive Programme

New Volunteers Join Cardrona’s Adaptive Programme

AFP endorses Audi quattro Winter Games

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 freeski events to be held at Cardrona in August join other prestigious international events in being sanctioned by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) at Platinum level.

Top Scandinavian and French athletes are headlining the international entries for freeski events at Cardrona in Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air, reflecting the high standard achieved by Winter Games NZ and positions it on the same level as such events as X Games, Dew Tour, USSA Grand Prix and the Jon Olsson Invitational.

Major accolade for Winter Games

Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjader in air, Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 “Every two years the AFP is pleased to sanction the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ as a Platinum event on the AFP World Tour,” said AFP Executive Director Eric Zerrenner. “Winter Games NZ has a history of being a world-class event, attracting an elite field of freeskiers from around the world, looking to kick start the competitive freeskiing season with Platinum AFP points on the line. The athletes are stoked to attend as the event consistently meets or exceeds our sanctioning requirements – from course build and certified judging panel to athlete hospitality and media exposure. It’s a great way to start the season.”

AFP Platinum sanctioning is a major accolade for the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, according to Sports Manager Iona Bentley. “To have been granted Platinum status for the second consecutive event is the ultimate stamp of approval from the sport of freeskiing. Because it’s the highest level of sanctioning it means the winning athletes get maximum points on the AFP World Tour. To be considered for this status an event needs to attract the best athletes in the world, have the best courses, a fully certified panel of experienced judges and offer top prize money. We definitely tick all those boxes.”

Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway, podium winner Slopestyle, Audi quattro Winter Games 2013Top level freeskiers headline

Entries for the freeski events – the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Halfpipe and Slopestyle and the grand finale Winter Games NZ Big Air – which will be staged at Cardrona Alpine Resort are already shaping up as a who’s who of international freeskiing.

Red Bull sponsored athlete Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway who claimed gold in the women’s slopestyle at Audi quattro Winter Games 2013 and is a previous X Games gold medallist is expected to mark her return to domination of the women’s freeski circuit after a period off snow due to injury.

The French freeski halfpipe team also brings a wealth of talent to the Games. The line-up includes Thomas Krief, Joffrey Pollet-Villard, Kevin Rolland and Benoit Valentin.

Added to the mix are other leading international athletes, including James ‘Woodsy’ Woods from Great Britain who is renowned for his skill and flair in slopestyle and who’ll be making a guest appearance as the MC for the freeski halfpipe competition, along with leading Australian slopestyler Russ Henshaw and top Kiwis, Cardrona Team Riders the Wells brothers – Jossi, Byron, Beau-James and Jackson and seven-times New Zealand Freeski Open champion Janina Kuzma.

Big Air finale

The Big Air is the glamour fixture and will be the final event of the Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 30, held just before the official closing ceremony. “It’s fantastic for the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ to stage a freeski Big Air competition because it has such a great appeal for spectators,” said Iona. “It’s one of the most popular disciplines at X Games and we’re pleased that, in spite of it not being included in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, we can put on a quality event with world class international and New Zealand athletes to equal any Olympic competition.”

With a bunch of entertainment and a few surprises planned, the grand finale Big Air and Closing Ceremony at Cardrona is going to be MASSIVE! Remember, all of the Winter Games events at Cardrona are free to watch, so be sure to stay tuned to catch the action!

More about the Winter Games

Audi quattro Winter Games

Cardrona Events


Cardrona School Hols Jib Jam

Cardrona is bringing freestyle skiing and snowboarding (and a lot of snow!) to town with an exciting new after-hours event, the Cardrona School Hols Jib Jam presented by Outside Sports! This is a FREE competition for kids 15 years and under and will be located in a prime spectator viewing location, outside the Bullock Bar in Wanaka on Friday 17th July.

The Jam will involve two mellow features and ALL ABILITIES are welcome! It will be an awesome opportunity for riders and skiers of all abilities to test their skills and showcase their steeze! YEWWWW!

Event Registration

This comp is free to enter and all entries will be taken on-site from 6.00-6.30pm on the evening of the Jam, Friday 17th July.  Riders will be divided into multiple age categories of approximately two year increments (depending on numbers). A waiver must be signed by all competitors.

This comp is free to enter and all entries will be taken on-site from 6.00-6.30pm on the evening of the Jam, Friday 17th July.  Riders will be divided into multiple age categories of approximately two year Jib Jam Imageincrements (depending on numbers). A waiver must be signed by all competitors.

Event Schedule

6.00pm Registration

6.30pm Heats begin

8.00pm Finals and prizegiving. Winner prizes and spot prizes awarded by Outside Sports.

The format will be an open heat followed by finals judged by a panel of judges. Each rider will get a minimum of four drops on either feature.

If you require further information, please contact

There’s going to be sounds jamming, heaps of swag giveaways and a party atmosphere so come prepared for a gooooood time!

Bullock Bar Wanaka logo       Outside Sports logo      CARDRONA PARKS LOGO RED png LR

Other Kids’ Events

Also coming up for kids in the School Holidays, is the Cardrona Kids’ Cup on Wednesday 15th July in Lil’ Bucks Park at Cardrona.


School’s Out, Time to Ride!

Hey Kids, school holidays are here and it’s time to head to the mountains to have some serious snow sliding fun! So what does Cardrona have in store for you these holidays? Awesome activities, cool camps and comps, and a heap of terrific terrain!

Mother Nature and the Cardrona team have been hard at work to create epic conditions for you these holidays! The whole mountain is open including on and off-piste terrain in Valley View basin, the new improved Lil’ Bucks Terrain Park and a new conveyor on the Beginner’s Slope.

Pengi & Frosty Fun Run

Every Tuesday and Sunday of the school holidays, you can take a fun run down McDougall’s and have your photo taken with Cardrona’s famous mascots Pengi and Frosty! Meet at the bottom of McDougall’s lift at 2.20pm and get ready to have a shred-tastic time! Please bring an adult if you need help with the lift.

Four Day Camps

Skiwees and Lowriders are our most favourite Kids’ Programmes. You’ll get to ski or snowboard with one of our coolest kids’ instructors and meet other kids like you – no matter what level you are.

If you’re an intermediate-advanced skier or snowboarder and you want to have a crack at a range of different snow sports disciplines like the terrain park or steeps, Ride Tribe is perfect for you.

Not only will you have heaps of fun on our camps, you’re going to make massive improvements in your skiing or snowboarding. By the way, tell your Mum or Dad that these programmes include lunches and offer discounted “add ons” like rentals. The four day programmes run Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Book online so you can head straight to the snow!

Kids’ Club

Cardrona Kids’ Club is a dedicated kid’s facility for 5–14 year olds open from 8.30 each morning and is an awesome option for you and your parents! It means you get to do cool activities and have a special kids’ lunch before or after your lessons.

Add Kids’ Club membership, half or full days to any group lesson or package – book online.

Cardrona NZ Kids' Cup snowboarder on jump

Cardrona Kids’ Cup

The Cardrona Kids’ Cup Slopestyle is a freestyle competition located in the new and improved Lil’ Bucks Terrain Park. Break out your best tricks over table top jumps, boxes & rails and be in to win amazing spot prizes and medals! It’s for freestylers of all abilities, aged 5–11 years on Wednesday 15th July.

Pre-register online or sign up on the day at the ticket office before 8.30am.

Holiday Coaching Programmes

If you’re ready to take your skiing or snowboarding to an advanced level, or you’re keen on competitive snow sports, then our High Performance Centre Holiday Camps are for you! For maximum progression you get to train for 10 days, Wednesday–Sunday for two weeks.

Find out more about our Freeski, Snowboard and Ski Racing camps.

Valley View is Cardrona’s best kept secret!

Psst… we’ll let you in on some inside information… if you’re an intermediate skier or snowboarder, Valley View is the place to head to! Not only are there uncrowded, wide groomed blue runs, there’re heaps of cool off-piste trails, secret powder stashes and little rock drops.

Plus, if you already have your lift passes sorted, let your Mum or Dad know they can park at the Valley View carpark. You’re close to the lift for easy snow access AND you save 10 minutes of drive time!

Not matter whether you’re into cruising the mountain with your mates or family, keen to improve your snow skills, or you’d like to get into competing on-snow, Cardrona has it on offer for you these school holidays!

Cardrona On Track to Open Olympic Superpipe Within a Week!

After a bumper start to the 2015 winter season, Cardrona has accelerated the construction of its freestyle features and currently offers the most extensive terrain park facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. Cardrona’s 22ft Olympic Superpipe, the only one of its kind this side of the equator, is on track to open within a week, much to the delight of avid freestylers and spectators! Earthworks were completed over summer to widen the pipe and due to the quality of snow being used, the unique feature is expected to last the entire season (Closing Day October 11) and throughout Cardrona’s post-season Spring Training Camp. Sweet eh!?

Cardrona has had features in all four of its popular terrain parks from the first week of the season!  The Cardrona Parks Crew have consistently increased the freestyle offering from Opening Day, installing new features on a regular basis. Cardrona’s General Manager Bridget Legnavsky states: “We have an incredible, experienced team dedicated to providing epic terrain parks for all levels and due to the frequent snowfalls, they’ve been able to install features much earlier this season to offer exceptional park and pipe facilities.”

Cardrona 3 Triple LinesFor the very first time in its history, Cardrona now has three triple jump lines available for beginner to expert levels. Lil’ Bucks Park now has 5 kickers from 5-15 feet in length, Antlers Alley has 3 kickers from 20-30 feet and Big Bucks Park has 3 large jumps from 35-55 feet. Not only have the Cardrona Parks Crew been busy installing features, but they’ve also built 17 new jib features (rails, boxes, wallrides etc) for this season. The four terrain parks currently have around 30 jib features, but with a total stock count of 80, new features are expected to be installed quickly and frequently in the upcoming weeks.

Rider- Angus Gray,Pic- Iona Fulton (640x427)Once the 22ft Olympic Superpipe is ready, the Terrain Park builders will look to construct the International Halfpipe (15 ft) and Cardrona Big Air (85ft+). All terrain park features are open to our guests and we expect international/national athletes and snow sports superstars to utilize Cardrona’s world-class terrain park facilities again this season. The early start will provide ample opportunity for both local and international competitors to train for the pinnacle events Cardrona is to host over the coming months.

It’s all happening at Cardrona at the moment with more terrain features on offer soon! Have you got amongst the action yet!??

Cardrona Kids’ Cup 2015

Cardrona NZ Kids' Cup snowboarder on jumpCardrona Kids’ Cup 2015 Results

Kids, it’s time to get amped again for Cardrona’s first major event of the year and our favourite fun kids’ competition, the Cardrona Kids’ Cup. Scheduled during the School Holidays on Wednesday July 15, the Kids’ Cup is a Slopestyle Event for 5-11 year olds that takes place in our smallest terrain park, Lil’ Bucks. It always proves to be an epic day!

It’s all about fun!

The main focus of this comp is FUN!! We encourage boys and girls of all abilities to enter. The day is full of spot prizes and giveaways from our awesome sponsors DragonRossignol and Calci Yum who also have some wicked prizes up for grabs for the podium winners.

Cardrona NZ Kids' Cup skier on jumpThis season Lil’ Bucks Park has moved to the skier’s left of McDougall’s chairlift and has been extended, so competitors will have more space and more choice of jumps, boxes and jibs than ever before!


Athletes will be divided into three different age divisions: Ruggies (5-7yrs), Grommets (8-9yrs), and Rippers (10-11yrs). Boys and girls will be placed in separate categories as will skiers and snowboarders. Freestyle manoeuvres over table top jumps, boxes and rails will be judged by a panel of 3, with scores based on variety, difficulty and execution. Medals and prizes are presented for 1st–3rd in each age division/discipline and there are plenty of spot prizes too!

Cardrona NZ Kids' Cup podium winnersThe entry fee is $30 (plus bib deposit fee which is refunded upon return) for each competitor. To enter, download the Entry Form below, or email to, or go see our friendly team at the HPC desk (in the Ticketing Office) up the mountain before 8.30am of competition day, Wednesday July 15. Please be sure to read the Rider Information below.

Cardrona Kids’ Cup Entry Form

Cardrona Kids’ Cup Rider Information

This is a fun and friendly event for kids of all abilities, so sign up for an awesome day up the mountain! Our Cardrona Kid’s Cup happens only once a season and our mascots Pengi and Frosty are sure to get amongst it so don’t miss out!


Cardrona Kids Cup 2015 flyer

Parks and Pipe Update

Lil Buck's beginners terrain park, underneath McDougalls Chairlift

Long before the winter 2015 season kicked off, Mother Nature provided the snow and Cardrona’s Grooming and Terrain Park Crew got to work putting it in place for some outstanding early season terrain park action. The freeskiers and freestyle snowboarders out there will be stoked to find that there is already extensive freestyle terrain open, including loads of new features, and more to come!

Lil’ Bucks Park extended

The learner terrain park Lil’ Bucks has been moved to the skier’s left side of McDougall’s chairlift to give beginner freestylers more space and a larger variety of features. With a much longer run, including five jumps and five jib boxes and rails, we’ve been receiving super positive feedback from riders. Expect to see heaps of progression from our younger skiers and snowboarders this season!

Stag Lane & Antlers Alley in full force

The mid-sized terrain parks, Stag Lane and Antlers Alley, are looking impressive with around 15 features currently in place. Included in the line-up is a new technical stair feature, rainbow box and some lift tower pipes. A jibber’s dream!

Big Bucks now open

And for the gutsy freestylers out there, the triple line of 35-45 foot jumps in Big Bucks Park are now up and running. Watch out for Cardrona team riders and international athletes warming up for the events season on these super-sized features.

Olympic Halfpipe on the way

Work has long been underway on the building of the Southern Hemisphere’s only 22ft Olympic Halfpipe. Usually a job that takes weeks of waiting for snow, and then pushing snow, it was made easier by multiple pre-season snow storms that hit Cardrona. Building of the walls is now in progress and we’re aiming to complete shaping in early July. Given the rarity of 22ft halfpipes we know that there’s a great deal of anticipation for the opening!

It’s hard to believe that it’s only the beginning of July and we’ve already had so many epic days of riding, and there’s so much on offer in Cardrona Parks!