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Cardrona What's On: Valley View is Open!

Thanks to last week's snowfall, a whole lot of snowmaking, and some very cool technology, Valley View opened for 2019 on Wednesday!

Did you see last week's report that had the SnowSAT image of Valley View's trails? Well thanks to the handy SnowSAT technology which tells us where we have snow and where we need it, our Terrain and Snow team were able to make snow exactly where we needed it to top up the natural snowfall and get Valley View spinning for 2019! We're stoked to have all our chairlifts open for the season, to be able to park a little bit lower down the mountain and get some great food and drink at Little Meg.

This week we welcomed back our local primary schools for their weekly programmes – Wanaka Primary, Holy Family School, Hawea Flat School, Goldfields Primary and Tarras Primary all started on the slopes this week. It was awesome seeing all the kids and their parents out enjoying the mountain for another season!

Weather Forecast

Here's the weather forecast for the next three days:

The are showing a bit of a snowy weekend ahead with a clearance mid-next week. There are some chilly temps in the forecast so make sure you bring heaps of layers! Keep checking our Cardrona Snow Reports Facebook group from 6.30am each day to see when there are some fresh lines to be claimed!


  • Today the Dynastar Ski Masters kicked off, with some of our most experienced skiers on the mountain racing for top honours. One of our competitors is in his 90s – what a legend!!
  • From our most experienced to our youngest competitors – Pīki Maunga Rangatahi (Big Mountain Youth) is back this Sunday after it was postponed in July and you can still register your little shredders online!
  • On Monday we have the badass Pip Edwards from P.E Nation up in the Lounge from 3pm to share with you how she manages her day-to-day, her inspiration, her story; all while killing it in the fashion industry at the helm of one of the most popular activewear brands in the world!! PLUS there will be HUGE giveaways, Maude bubbles, and a sneak peek of the new P.E snow range...

Terrain Parks

Thank you for everything, #McPark, but it's time to get back to regular scheduled programming... the absolute legends of the North Face Cardrona Parks Crew have got Stag Lane up and running! Check out Nico Porteous taking a line through it on its first day – there are even more features in there now! 

They've also got the jumps in Lil' Bucks open! Our pipe builder Alli is pushing hard for the Olympic Superpipe at the moment, and the rest of the Big Bucks jumps are also on the way... it's all go in the parks!

Things to look out for

Oakley's Prizm Palooza is up at Cardrona this weekend – you can demo some Oakley goggles, join their aprés session on Saturday in The Lounge, and hang out with Stale Sandbech and Carlos Garcia Knight!!

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!