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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.

Our vision:
Kia whai mana mō te maunga (mana for our mountain)
Kia whai mana mō te iwi (mana for our people)
Kia whai mana mō ake tonu (mana for our future)

We are the kaitiaki (guardians) of our maunga (mountain) – we are working tirelessly to make our mountain as beautiful as we can, to make all our people the best they can be, all for the benefit of our community as a whole. We want to make sure sustainability is included in all our decision making.

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. 

Here are some highlights of how we're working hard to raise the mana of our maunga!

2019 Updates

  • 2019 we're doing the ultimate recycling mission – we're taking the old McDougall's Quad, fixing it up, & using it to open up new terrain at Pringles! Read more about the Pringles development here & keep an eye on our social media for updates.

2018 Updates

  • After our efforts during the 2017 McDougall's Chondola project, in 2018 we were officially awarded the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia Excellent As-Built rating – the first IS rating for an alpine resort infrastructure asset globally, the first IS rating for a tourism infrastructure asset globally, & the first IS As-Built rating in New Zealand!
  • This winter we officially use no takeaway coffee cups on the mountain – this season alone we will save almost 23,000 cups from going into landfill
  • With the new Base Café refurbishment, we replaced disposable plates for enamel & "real" cutlery. To date (as of September 2018) this has saved over 35,000 disposables from going into landfill!
  • In our staff areas & at Captain's we've changed to 10L juglar bags of milk, saving over 3200 2L plastic milk bottles
  • At Captain's we are tap beer only (no glass or cans), which reduces the carbon footprint of Captain's – no glass bottles to be transported by groomers in & out
  • Noodle Bar is now 100% crockery, no disposables

2017 Updates

  • In 2017 we installed the McDougall's Express Chondola in accordance with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia's sustainable building rating system. We were the first ski area in the world to apply the ISCA rating scheme to a lift project, to support sustainable decision-making
  • Tussock regeneration programme began mountain-wide in summer
  • A water recycling system was installed for snowmaking, utilising the Little Meg creek – a catchment at the bottom of Valley View collects snow melt, then a pump pushes that water back up to our snowmaking water storage dam.

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

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