4 Day Camps – Full Day Ski Lessons

Skiwees (Ski) & Lowriders (Snowboard): full day lessons for kids

Full day ski lessons are 1 of our most popular kids’ products! The camps run every week of the season for 4 consecutive days, Monday through Thursday. The same qualified & energetic instructor is assigned for the entire camp which means loads of fun & massive amounts of improvement!

There are a variety of kids’ 4 day camps with full day lessons to choose from. Skiwees & Lowriders are Cardrona’s signature 4 day camps for young skiers or snowboarders who enjoy lessons, activities & lunch, all with the same instructor. Ride Tribe is for kids with intermediate/advanced abilities on skis or a snowboard who want to have a crack at a range of different snow sports disciplines. All Kids’ Club programmes offer discounted add ons for a snow experience they won’t forget!


2016 Skiwees & Lowriders

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Full day ski lessons & lunch for 4 consecutive days with the same instructor.
For kids of all ski levels aged 5-14yrs.

Includes a 5hr group lesson & lunch each day for 4 days: $428


Kids in a lesson on a chairlift at CardronaAll day snowboard lessons & lunch for 4 consecutive days with the same instructor. For kids of all snowboard levels aged 7-14yrs.

Includes a 5hr group lesson & lunch each day for 4 days: $428

Drop off from 8.30am at the Skiwees/Lowriders building (lesson starts at 10am), pick up at 4pm from the lesson meeting area outside the building. Minimum group numbers apply.


2016 Ride Tribe

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Ride Tribe

Designed for kids aged over 10yrs who really want to gain skills in a large variety of snow sports disciplines! Ride Tribe is for both skiers & snowboarders wanting freestyle, big mountain & Gravity Cross training. Your kids will be on their way to becoming an all-round shredder at Ride Tribe!

Ride Tribe is limited to intermediate/advanced skiers or riders age 10+ yrs.All Day Ski Lessons, Cardrona Alpine Resort

4 day programme Monday – Thursday: $499

From 9.30am – 3.30pm
Helmet required 
BYO lunch

For further details about the Ride Tribe programme, email snowsportscentre@cardrona.com

**These programmes are subject to a minimum of 3 participants (half days for groups less than 3).



4 Day Camp add ons

Our Earlybird season pass sale is on now! It’s the cheapest way to get your kids skiing or riding for over 4 days! From $179 Saver & $199 Unlimited, the sale ends on March 31st! Check it out here.

4 Day Camp add ons 
4 Day Lift Pass$192
4 Day Helmet Rental$40
4 Day Ski or Snowboard Set Rental$148
4 Day Lift & Rental Package$328

Looking to find out more? Check out our lift pass, rental & package pages.

Clothing & Accessories Bundle

To find out about Cardrona Kids’ Club accessory bundle click here

Meet The Coaches

Ski Coaches

Scott Palmer

Ski Coaches, Cardrona Alpine ResortScott learnt to ski on a pair of plastic skis and gumboots when he was 2yrs old. He’s been teaching for 9 seasons, most of them at Cardrona. Scott loves coaching worm turns! They are the best way to recover from a crash & anyone can do them.

A random fact about Scott is he can ride a unicycle on snow & play the didgeridoo at the same time. He loves coaching Academy & Ride Tribe because the students are always heaps of fun & you get to go places on the mountain that you don’t go in normal lessons!

Charlie Crawley

Ski Coaches, Cardrona Alpine ResortCharlie was 10yrs old when she first learnt to ski, & has now been instructing for 10 seasons. Charlie has lots of tricks up her sleeve to help kids attack challenging terrain with more steeze. She also has a knack for being able to drink a hot chocolate with no hands!

Charlie loves Academy & Ride Tribe because the coaching style gives more responsibility to the students as they are more mature & understand the mountain environment. She thinks its great to help kids see all the mountain’s offerings – from big mountain shredding, to racing & through the park.

Campbell Mason

Ski Coaches, Cardrona Alpine ResortCampbell was 7yrs old when he started skiing & has now been instructing for 9 seasons, 5 of them at Cardrona.

Campbell is stoked on all aspects of freeskiing but old school stunts like shifty-shifty spreads, cossacks & pole tricks are his favourites right now. Campbell loves coaching Academy because he gets to charge about with rippers that enjoy skiing as much as he does. His coaching style is high energy, & his sneaky trick to keep this up is a love of pink wafer biscuits!?! Something to keep in mind if you are in his group!

Sam Lee

Ski Coaches, Cardrona Alpine ResortSam was 2 1/2 when he learned to ski & had his 1st ski lesson at Cardrona! He has now done 4 seasons ski instructing at Cardrona.

Sam’s favourite tricks are back flips & hand drags & his all time fav to watch is a big ol’ cork 3 off a cliff. Keep your change handy because Sam is still collecting coins for his piggy bank, & is a huge fan of Japanese food!

Sam loves coaching Academy & Ride Tribe & his aim is to show new ways of approaching old features & to encourage kids to be more creative with the way they use the mountain.

Scotty Denis

Ski Coaches, Cardrona Alpine ResortScotty is a Kiwi born & raised, & started skiing when he was 4. He has been instructing for 6 seasons now, 2 of them at Cardrona.

Scotty’s favourite tricks are a slow-mo switch 360 & scorching through the park in a train with some good mates. Scotty is amped on coaching Academy & Ride Tribe because it means hanging out with kids who are as stoked on skiing as he is. His coaching aim is to help improve kids technical skills so they can express their own style better.

Snowboard Coaches

Greg Samson
Cardrona Snowboard Academy and Lowriders Coach, Greg Samson

Greg’s a snowboard addict & has been since he first strapped a board to his feet back in 2002. He has been instructing back to back winters since 2011 in Japan, Canada & the USA as well as at home at Cardrona. If he’s not snowboarding he’s eating, sleeping or watching the Lego Movie. He enjoys all aspects of snowboarding from park & pipe to shredding pow or carving up fresh groomers!

Greg thinks coaching kids is so much fun! He enjoys seeing the kids getting stoked on learning something new. whether it be riding down a new run or getting a new trick, & just having a rad time riding with other kids (including himself).

Tagan Young

Cardrona Lowerider's Snowboard CoachFrom Auckland, Tagan grew up doing every board related sport, but it wasn’t until he was 12 that he had his first snowboarding trip to Mt Ruapehu. Since then he’s been hooked!

He has taught for 6 seasons in New Zealand & Canada & plans to do more back-to-back winters. He’s also done a bit of teaching at Auckland’s Snowplanet between seasons. He likes to ride big mountain as well as park & pipe, & lay down styled carves. He loves to teach Lowriders because the kids get to learn so much over the programme & have a bunch of fun doing it. He hopes to create that same buzz for his students that keeps him coming back every year!