Stats & Facts


Mountain Stats & Facts

  • Base Area Elevation: 1670m
  • Highest Lifted Point: 1860m
  • Vertical Rise: 600m
  • Terrain: 345ha

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

  • 25% Beginner
  • 25% Intermediate
  • 30% Advanced
  • 20% Expert

Operating hours: 9am – 4pm daily (10am –  4pm daily during summer season)

Winter Season: 10th June – 15th October 2017 (longest season in the South Island)

Summer Season: 27th December 2016 – 2nd April 2017 (from the week ending 12th February, Cardrona will only be open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

Average Annual Snowfall: 2.9m. Snowmaking to supplement natural snow in the Main, Captain’s, Arcadia & Valley View Basins.

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  • 2 quad fixed chairlifts
  • 2 quad express chairlifts
  • 3 surface conveyor lifts
  • 1 platter tow lift
  • Lift capacity 11,000 people per hour

Base Facilities

Ski & Snowboard Instruction, Coaching, Childcareski instructor and students

  • Ski & Snowboard School
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team dedicated to coaching ski race athletes
  • Cardrona Parks Squad dedicated to coaching freestyle athletes
  • kids@cardrona
  • New Zealand’s best facilities for kids:
    • Nursery & Kindy (3mths – 4yrs)
    • Ski Kindy (3 – 4yrs)
    • Kids Ski & Snowboard School (5 – 14yrs) with indoor facilities in the Archway Building (Eastside & Westside)
    • The Cardrona Kindies are licensed early childhood centres, audited bi-annually by the NZ Ministry of Education



group eating at Captain's Pizzeria

We have 6 cafés on the mountain.

Downstairs in the main base building you’ll find the Base Café, which serves a huge range of fast food & drinks. It’s great if you’re on the run, & has plenty of sweet things to keep those energy levels up. Base Café seats 300 people inside, & another 180 in the courtyard outside.

Upstairs you will find the Mezz Café which serves a restaurant-style lunch. It has great views of the mountain, great coffee & a wide range of wines & spirits if you’re after something stronger! Mezz Cafe seats 120 people.

Beside the Base Café is the Juice and Java Bar which serves freshly-made juices, smoothies & espresso type coffees.

Dining slope-side is even better with the Noodle Bar, with wide decks overlooking the slopes. Ski right in from Skyline ridge to select fresh vegetables, noodles & meats cooked on the spot for hot, nutritious dining. Noodle Bar seats 80 inside & 40 outside.

On the other side of the mountain is the Captain’s Pizzeria where the food is delicious & the sheltered outdoor dining makes you feel on top of the world. Captain’s seats 240 inside & 80 outside on the wide, sunny decks.

At the bottom of Valley View Quad is the new Little Meg Café – perfect for a snack on the go! If you have your lift pass already, park at the bottom of Valley View, grab a coffee from Little Meg & get on the lifts before anyone else! It’s the perfect place to get your early morning caffeine fix!