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Adaptive Snow Sports

Snow sports welcome everyone! Check out Cardrona’s Adaptive Snow Sports programme in action.

What are Adaptive Snow Sports?

Cardrona’s Adaptive programme provides support for people with physical, sensory & cognitive impairments. This programme ensures there is no limit to enjoying the freedom of skiing & boarding with your family & friends. The term "adaptive" comes from how the programme adapts both the sport & the equipment to cater for every individual’s needs. You’ll see modified skis & snowboards, sit-skis, frames, outriggers & more out on the Cardrona slopes with our adaptive guests & instructors.


The Cardrona Adaptive Snow Sports programme couldn’t run without the help of an incredible team of volunteers, thanks to the support of Snow Sports New Zealand (Adaptive). The trained volunteers provide free on-snow support for anyone who requires assistance to access the mountain. If you’re a confident skier/snowboarder, are patient & a great communicator & you’d like to become an adaptive volunteer, please email for more information.

Booking an Adaptive Snow Sports Lesson

There are 3 simple steps for booking an Adaptive Snow Sports lesson:

1. Become a Snow Sports New Zealand (Adaptive) member. Snow Sports New Zealand (Adaptive) members are entitled to 50% off day passes/rental equipment & 40% off lessons at Cardrona. Visit the Snow Sports NZ website to become a member!

2. Fill out and submit the Adaptive Booking Form online. There is limited availability for morning private lessons & full availability in the afternoon from 1pm.

3. If you have any questions, volunteer requests or would like to enquire about group lessons, please email to speak to our Adaptive Coordinator.

Lift passes 

The lift pass discount for SSNZ members is 50% off the single-day lift pass price, depending on where the lift pass is purchased. For example, a 1-day adult lift pass is normally $189 if purchased on the mountain.

SSNZ members pay 50% of this, $94.5 per day, no matter how many days you purchase.

If you purchase a lift pass as an SSNZ member at one of our town locations, you will pay 50% of the single lift pass price eg: $169 for an adult, which is $84.5 per day no matter how many days you purchase.

This applies to all other fare types.
Members need to show a membership ID at the time of purchase.


SSNZ members receive a 50% discount on Day & Multi-day rental products.
SSNZ members currently purchase their discounted products online. 
Outrigger - $25 per day
Sit Ski - $45 per day
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