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Environment & Community

Cardrona is dedicated to creating golden experiences both on & off the snow & dirt, all year round. One of our biggest focuses currently & moving forward is making sure that we get to keep appreciating our incredible mountain environment for many years to come.

You’ll see little changes around the resort, like our new recycling bins which encourage you to separate bottles, cans, & plastic. But the big changes are still to come. We want to make sure sustainability is included in all our decision making – addressing every department & working on how to make it better for the environment.

But we understand that looking after our mountain environment doesn’t end with us. So one of our big upcoming initiatives is introducing environmental learning into our local school programmes. This will enable local kids to not only learn to ski, but also learn how to give back to the mountain environment so their kids can ski & snowboard in the future. It’s part of our commitment to making sure that our mountain is available for generations to come.

We’re so proud to be a part of the Real Journeys family – check out all they’re doing for the environment & in the community here.

Cardrona is "going green" because we have a responsibility to share our amazing mountain & all it offers with guests from all over the world. We can’t do it alone – it’s going to take all of us who love being in the mountains to help preserve them for the generations to come. One recycled bottle at a time is going to help the red & white of Cardrona stay green for decades to come!

2015 Updates

  • We moved our snow guns to new locations to make snowmaking more effective
  • New GPS snow tracking software SNOWsat, allowed us to make better use of the snow we have, with groomer drivers able to see where snow is needed & where there is more than enough right from inside the cat
  • We upgraded our trails with better drainage systems & re-vegetation to minimise erosion
  • Cardrona staff are all served coffee in reusable, plastic cups – not a single paper takeaway cup!
  • Staff buses reduce the number of staff vehicles coming up & down the mountain each day
  • Cardrona staff attend the annual Cardrona Valley Clean Up

2016 Updates

  • Our composting plan was put in action – using food scraps & coffee grinds from our cafes to make "Black Gold" to distribute around the Base Area, Captain’s & other targeted areas
  • A new glass crusher was purchased & is now used to recycle all our glass products by crushing them into a fine grit that we can use on our road & carparks
  • "Hydro-Greening" the Olympic halfpipe – planting a mixture of mulch & seed helps the pipe maintain its shape & reduces the need for snowmaking

2017 Updates

Keep an eye out for some exciting environmental news about our new McDougall’s Express Chondola!

McDougall's Express Chondola artist impression
Artist impression of the McDougall's Express Chondola