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Cardrona What's On: A cold start to spring

The temperature is dropping and it looks like there's some snow on the way... welcome to spring!

After a very lean August for snowfall, it looks like we're starting off September and the spring season with some very cold weather and (fingers crossed) a bit of snow. The last four years we've had some pretty big snowfalls in September, so here's hoping the trend continues!

We're still operating under Level 2 guidelines this week – if you need a refresher about what that means for your skiing/snowboarding experience, head to our Level 2 update page.

We have some upcoming availability in our on-mountain apartments, and there's more info below under "Things to Look Out For" about how to snag a last-minute deal.

We're also launching a research programme – we need your help to keep improving our mountains!

Please join our Cardrona Snow Reports Facebook group or follow our Twitter account so you can keep up to date on what the snow and weather conditions are like each day, how our facilities are running, and what's happening with our on-mountain events. 


The weekend ahead looks like we'll be dealing with some moderate to strong winds after another dusting of snow overnight Friday. Snow Forecast is predicting another snowy front coming through, starting on Monday afternoon... could be one to keep an eye on!

If you're in the backcountry this week, don't forget to record what you observe through the NZ Mountain Safety Council's Avalanche Advisory page.

terrain parks

The North Face Cardrona Parks crew have had a busy week changing up Antlers Alley. A couple of highlights include a sweet hand drag roller down there now, and a waterfall rail feature. Also back for the first time in 2020 is the beloved S-Rail...

Here's another Obsidian Park Jam line, this time from Cardrona Team skier Ruby Andrews. Ruby took a heavy fall late last week and we're sending her all our healing vibes as she rehabs her knee – get well soon, Rubes!


This week we hosted the Mount Aspiring College champs; it was great to see the high schoolers compete so fiercely on Wednesday.

Photo: Ray Tiddy

This week is also the start of Winter Pride! We're very excited to host our LGBTTQI+ friends over the next week. Check out the Winter Pride event page for all the festivities up the mountain... we're pretty excited for Onesie Day on Thursday, September 3rd.

Tomorrow is the annual Base NZ Park Attack Slopestyle – one for all the young park skiers and snowboarders. There's still time to sign up online!

treble cone

Over at TC, we're keeping all our fingers and toes crossed that some of the snow in the forecast comes through. Keep an eye out on the Treble Cone social media accounts this weekend for an update on closing dates and more!

Treble Cone was the host mountain for Team Smoothy's Winter Games NZ Obsidian mountain shred day. Check out the edit from their day on Instagram below.

For all daily updates, join the Treble Cone Facebook Snow Reports group.

things to look out for

Spring passes are on sale now:

  • Adult spring season pass just $499
  • Adult multi-day spring lift passes - ski from just $75/day

Check out all the deals on the Spring Ski Pass Deals page.

We also have some last-minute deals on our on-mountain apartments. These are usually sold out all season, every season, so this is a great opportunity to stay up at Cardrona for a night (or more). Save heaps when you book an apartment within 7 days, and save even more when you book within 24 hours of your stay! Email our apartments team for more information.

About the Author

Jen Houltham


Jen is Cardrona's resident word nerd. She's out & about on the mountain most days; a big fan of carving groomed runs, powder hunting & laps through Lil' Bucks!