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Cardrona What's On: What a Snowy School Holidays!

July's school holidays are almost at a close, and it's sure been a snowy one. 

As the July school holidays come to a close, we're super thankful that the snow gods blessed us and we were able to provide the powdery goods these last couple of weeks. However, just because the holidays are finishing, it doesn't mean that the fun is too. To keep the stoke levels high, we've got some really cool events coming up!

But first, hats off to our Kids Cup Slopestyle competitors who slid into last weekend with steeze we couldn't even dream of having. Check it:

Cardrona Kids Cup Slopestyle. Photo: Paddy Edmondson

Remember that with all our great snow comes great responsibility. Please always carry chains with you - it's a must in these conditions. Even on those days when the morning might look clear, the weather can turn quickly. Take it easy on the road and fit chains where asked. Our free Pines shuttle has been reaching capacity these holidays, so if you want to jump on that one we'd recommend arriving early.

If you're looking to reduce your driving or your fuel consumption, have a think about carpooling. You can read our top tips on mastering it here

And here's a recap of our tips for navigating these July school holidays, or you can read our blog about it here.

Weather Forecast

It looks like the last bit of storm has had its tantrum, and has now taken a chill pill. Today is looking fine and sunny, with the rest of the week looking clear, calm, and very cold, meaning some great days amongst the great snow conditions. She might look sunny and warm in the days to come, but don't be deceived. Keep layering!

Join our Facebook Snow Reports Group or load up the website Snow Report from 6.30am daily to see what conditions are doing each day. 

Treble Cone

The storm delivered for real at TC. A whopping 71cm of snow was dropped over 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday. Though it meant a couple of closed days for us all, it means the rest of this week will be epic for getting stuck in with great coverage across the mountain. Here's a clip from one of our storms last month to get your mood brewing for future terrain hunting:


Our upcoming event tomorrow, July 22, is Pīki Maunga Rangatahi (Big Mountain Youth). It's a test of freeride skills for up-and-coming skiers and snowboarders, who have absolutely no fear of sending it on our Black and Double Black slopes. We're preeetty excited to see what the talent brings this year!

After that, we've got the Cardrona Ski Masters on August 5-6, and what a couple of days they'll be. The 'Masters' are some of NZ's most experienced ski racers who come back up the mountain to compete with passionate skiers aged 18+. It's honestly epic to see recreational skiers test themselves, whilst keeping the masters (who have lifetime's worth of competition) on their toes. If that sounds like a bit of you, check out more info here.

Terrain Parks

It's been another week of digging and preparation for the Terrain Parks Crew. They've got the Park Attack Slopestyle on this Saturday, bringing the top freestyle skiers and snowboarders from all over. The course they'll be hitting will include the lower section of Stag Lane and the three upper tabletops of Antler Alley. 

Cardrona Parks is then hosting Burton and GoPro's Battle of the Bubble. For five weeks starting on August 1st, Cardrona will be going head to head with Thredbo, Aus. The deal is that ours and Thredbo's Parks Crew will custom-build Park features for a month-long competition where riders will hit the feature, shoot their videos, edit it using the GoPro Quik App, and then upload and tag #BattleOfTheBubble22. The prizes are awesome. You could win anything from a $1000 YETI prize pack to $5000 cash. So let's get to it, Cardrona Parks riders. There's nothing like a bit of friendly competition with our neighbours, right? 

Food & Beverage

This is your weekly reminder that our food and beverage outlets could look quite different this year, but the food will still be delicious, we promise! From one day to the next, there may be different offerings in each outlet (depending on staffing levels, isolation requirements etc.), so your patience and understanding is really appreciated by us and our team.

The legends at Roti Bros are still up the mountain - they sell curry-themed roti pie deliciousness. You'll find them downstairs from Snow Sports HQ on the patio outside Base Café. Want a space to eat your own lunch? On busy days you can head to the Noodle Bar, which is open as a warm and dry space for you to do so. Please remember our landfill-free policy and think about the packaging your food comes in, and take any waste you have home with you.

All In

Have you seen All In yet? It's our short documentary about women in Snow Sports - you can watch it here:

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