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Under 6 - U16 Race Programmes

Cardrona Alpine Ski Team has programmes for young athletes in Under 6 - U16 age groups looking to start, develop or excel in their ski racing skills.


Our programmes are customised to meet your every need for both you and your athlete!  

If you're in a progamme for 8 or more weeks, you will be invited to be part of our "Champion Academy" where your season-long coach will work with you to achieve your goals for the season.

Depending on each athlete’s age, skill level & needs, we offer part-time ski race programmes where you can continue to develop your technical free skiing and racing skills.

Group selections are based on an assessment of basic skill, race experience and technical skiing ability.

For more information about specific programmes & to get a quote please contact us.

You can also read all our Programme Terms & Conditions here.

What’s Included

  • On-snow training
    • Wed June 26 - October 6th 
    • Training with your coach (this may change due to group sizes and dynamics)
    • 3 or 5 day per week options 
  • Weekly fitness training at Allenby Park
    • U14 - 16:  Wednesday & Friday
    • U6 - 12:  Wednesday 
  • Ability assessment and group allocation (at the digression of the Head Coach)
  • Technical development and gate training 
  • Video analysis
  • Lift line priority 
  • Links to Drop Box with your training and race videos for analysis
  • Season long goal setting


  • Season pass for Cardrona 
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team branded outer ski jacket
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team soft shell/ puffer
  • Costs to travel to races, lift passes and entry at other mountains 
  • We recommend that athletes bring their own ski tuning equipment (ski vices, wax iron etc). Alternatively, ski tuning can be organised with a daily race tune & wax season long or casually at Outside Sport or casually at The Waxroom. Please contact them directly for more information. 
  • Bump your school holiday training up to 5 days per week for an additional cost. Please contact us for a quote.
  • September/ October race training private lessons are available upon request with your preferred coach, please contact us.

U12 - 16 Added Extras

  • Homestay is available for between $350-$400/week. Please check out our Athlete Homestay info page & fill out the form to join.
  • Transport to & from Cardrona or Queenstown with pick up and drop off from Outside Sport– this is available in conjunction with your selected training program. Please contact us for more information.

2019 Age Groups

Programme Year of Birth
FIS < 2003
U16 2004 - 05
U14 2006 - 07
U12 2008 - 09
U10 2010 - 11
U8 2012 - 13
U6 2014 - 15

Programme Details 2019

# of Weeks Training # of Days Training Days
15 weeks



Wednesday - Sunday

Friday - Sunday

8 weeks


Wednesday - Sunday

4 weeks 


Wednesday - Sunday

School Holidays  5

Wednesday - Sunday

Can’t find the programme you’re looking for? Contact us for more information or for a quote. Our friendly CAST team are always happy to help!

Eligibility to race

All junior athletes athletes must belong to Wanaka Ski & Snow Sports Club (unless already a member of another NZ ski club) & be a current member of Snow Sports NZ (a FIS licence is not required).

International athletes must also be a member of Snow Sports NZ to be able to register for races. 

Equipment Requirements

U10 - U16

  • Slalom & Giant Slalom skis or a very good kombi ski
  • A helmet & back protector are compulsory for all training & racing
  • Physical training clothes & running shoes

U6 & U8

  • Good carving skis
  • A helmet & back protector are compulsory for all training & racing
  • Physical training clothes & running shoes

Sign up for the full-season U6-U16 programme online!

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