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Cardrona What's On: A Week to Remember!

This just might have been the week of the season at Cardrona and Treble Cone, with the best snow conditions of Winter 2020.

After a very dry and warm August, the first day of spring brought with it 30cm of fresh, cold, light snow... and it kicked off an amazing week up at Cardrona. Tuesday's visibility wasn't the best, but the snow conditions were absolutely incredible, and then cold temps meant that the snow stayed dry and the remainder of the fresh lines could be found, slashed, and face shot on a bluebird Wednesday. Another bluebird day on Thursday was just what the doctor ordered, before the next storm starts to roll through on Friday night.

Wednesday's bluebird powder day with Timo Fitzpatrick. Photo: Chris McLennan

This week we also got word that we are now able to fully load our lifts so long as all lift users have on a face covering. This can be your neck warmer, but it must be worn the entire way up the lift. We need your help to keep everyone safe. Please keep bringing and wearing your face covering the whole way up on our lifts - this is key to keeping the lift lines flowing, with less time spent congregating together at the bottom of the lifts. 

In other news, it's looking like a wonderful few evenings to go stargazing up on the mountain! Our stargazing guide Dan is frothing about the conditions from Sunday through till Tuesday, and the long-range forecast throughout spring suggests that September and October could be great times to explore the night sky up here. We have a season pass holder promo going on at the moment as well for a tour and 3-course dinner in Mezz - email our team to secure your spot!

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. 


Snow Forecast is predicting the next storm to come through this evening (Friday night), with up to 13cm of snow lined up. Keep an eye on our Snow Report first thing tomorrow morning to see if it comes through!

Saturday is looking mostly fine, and our picks for next week are Monday and Tuesday with clear skies and little wind.

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 put in some new features in Stag Lane last night, and are swapping out the Big Bucks rails this weekend.

Keep an eye on our social channels for an update on the halfpipe this coming week!

While we have your attention, here's another #KidsTheseDays moment, with 12-year-old Luke Harrold stomping back to back double corks this week:


This weekend we wrap up Winter Pride NZ with the Pride Ski Parade on Saturday! A big thanks to everyone who joined in for Onesie Day on Thursday... we had an absolute blast.

This coming week we've got the Upper Clutha Primary Schools Race on Wednesday, and a FIS Slopestyle event - the Torpedo 7 NZ Slopestyle Showdown - on Saturday! 

treble cone

TC had one heck of a week! With Monday's snow storm and a cloudy Tuesday, Wednesday was the day to hike the Summit... and we've never seen so many people up there making tracks. The snow is in great condition, and with more in the forecast over the next week there are plenty of reasons to get back up to Treble Cone this season. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info on the season duration over the next couple of days.

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

Jess Hotter had a huge day on Wednesday - check out the POV video of her huge backy up on the Summit rocks:

things to look out for

Spring passes still on sale:

  • Adult spring season pass just $499 (get yours before September 14!)
  • 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!