4°C Live Temp
Lifts Open
Road OPEN
Webcams Full Report

Ambassadors

Our team of Cardrona Ambassadors include X Games medallists, Olympic/Paralympic athletes &  industry legends! Check out their profiles, & look them up on Facebook & Instagram!


Jossi Wells

Jossi, the oldest of the Wells brothers, is without a doubt not only the most successful freestyle skier to come out of New Zealand, but also an international freeskiing style icon. No stranger to the biggest stages in the sport including the X Games & Winter Olympics, Jossi brings his trademark smooth style to everything he does. Jossi is the only Kiwi to ever win a Winter X Games Gold Medal (Slopestyle 2016), but is more well-known across the globe for his innovative, game-changing style. Whether its launching switch from the Big Air, spinning out of the pipe, swapping his skis for a snowboard, riding his Harley or shredding the local skate parks, Jossi is all class.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @jossiwells
Facebook: Jossi Wells


Byron Wells

Byron is the 2nd oldest heavy hitter from the Wells clan, with a stellar competitive resume. Flying the Kiwi flag at massive international events like the X Games & the Dew Tour, Byron is known to go very large in the pipe with an assorted bag of highly technical tricks. Byron suffered an ACL injury in 2011 but made an epic comeback, beginning the 2012-2013 Northern Hemi season with some impressive results. When hes not sending it on his skis, Byron can be found flying helicopters, shooting guns, surfing waves or riding motorbikes... quite the jack of all trades!

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @byronwells
Facebook: Byron Wells


Beau-James Wells

Beau-James is an extremely cool lad. Representing the Wells name with style, this guy is definitely one to keep an eye on. With an already stacked list of achievements under his belt at a young age, Beau's future is looking as big as his double corks (that he seems to be able to pull out anywhere). Armed with a smooth jib game thats refined far beyond his years, Beau regularly throws down with the big dogs of the industry & is always a contender for the podium. When Beau isn't pleasing the crowds on his skis you'll find him ripping round skate parks, breaking girls hearts, in the gym & chasing waves.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @beaujameswells
Facebook: Beau-James Wells


Jackson 'Wacko' Wells

The youngest of the Wells lads, Jackson (Wacko) is one stylish young individual who's all about having the best time possible. Still under 20yrs of age, Wacko's style & talent is well beyond his years & is a clear display of how fun skiing can be. In 2016, Wacko became a household name of the ski industry when he became the first skier to land a quad cork on the Cardrona Big Air. Active in the competitive freeskiing scene, Wacko is a perfectionist of his craft, only throwing tricks for the judges that he knows are both technically sound & look good. Wacko has already featured in many well-received edits & stood on the podium at large events such as the One Hit Wonder & Jossi Wells Invitational. Easy to spot around the mountain from his unique steeze & massive smile, Wacko is one to watch for the future. When he's not frothing on his skis you can find him tearing up local skate parks or dabbling in a few rounds of golf.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @lordprettywacko


Christy Prior

Theres no doubt that Christy is considered one of the best female slopestyle riders in the world right now. Since taking up snowboarding in her late teens, Christy has blasted her way to the top, taking on the world's best female snowboarders & claiming podium finishes at elite international events. Christy is an X Games & Dew Tour medallist, claimed first place at the Burton European Open & represented NZ in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. When Christy's not shredding on her snowboard you'll find her doing the same on a skateboard or surfboard, with some good yoga sessions in between. With style for days on jib features & as a master of spinning off her toes, Christy is sure to keep dropping the jaws of spectators around the world for years to come.

Hometown: Kaukapakapa
Instagram: @christyprior
Facebook: Christy Prior


Janina Kuzma

Janina is one of the most accomplished female big mountain skiers in the history of the sport. She has won the NZ Freeski Open Big Mountain event 6 times, is a 2-time Canadian Freeski Champion & a 2-time World Heli Challenge Champion. What's amazing about Janina is that she oozes natural talent & has a freakishly determined drive to succeed in whatever she puts her mind towards. In 2012, Janina made the call to transfer her skills into the pipe & set her sights on the Winter Olympics. After only 2yrs in the pipe Janina was selected to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She placed 5th in Freeski Halfpipe, the most successful result of the games from a female Kiwi athlete. Janina is also a key member of the Shades of Winter crew, which includes some of the world's best female skiers whose adventures are documented in feature films around the world.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @janinakuzma
Facebook: Janina Kuzma


Carlos Garcia-Knight

Carlos is experiencing a meteoric rise up the international ranks & it's not surprising! His sensational talent across several disciplines (slopestyle, pipe & big air) & his ever-increasing trick bag has seen Carlos become an internationally recognised, elite snowboarder from a young age. His ability to keep his cool under pressure is clear – winning a silver medal in slopestyle at the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships & claiming 4th place in slopestyle at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ at Cardrona. Carlos really turned heads in 2016 when he just missed the slopestyle podium at the US Burton Open behind Seb Toots, finishing in 4th place. When Carlos isn't killing it on his snowboard you'll find him skating or surfing. Look out for his online series Kickers & Cream to keep up with this lad's rise to the big time!

Hometown: Christchurch
Instagram: @carlosgk
Facebook: Carlos Garcia-Knight


Adam Hall

Adam Hall is nothing short of an absolute legend in the realm of adaptive snow sports. A member of the New Zealand Disabled Ski Team since 2005, Adam has represented New Zealand 3 times at the Paralympics in Italy, Canada & Russia, taking the gold medal in standing slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Since then he's continued to dominate the world of Paralympic skiing, becoming an inspiration to all New Zealand athletes. Diagnosed at birth with spina bifida – a disability that typically requires a wheelchair – Adam says he's lucky because he is mobile & able to walk. Adam began skiing at age 6 & switched to snowboarding at age 9. He admits to being a snowboarder at heart (he shreds the pipe!), but switched back to skiing in order to compete in the 2006 Paralympics.

Hometown: Dunedin
Facebook: Adam J Hall


Corey Peters

Corey is an unbelievable talent who snuck in & took the Adaptive Snow Sports world by storm. At Corey's first ever Paralympic Games 2014 (Sochi), Corey brought home NZ's only medal – a silver in the Men's Seated Giant Slalom. Corey is an absolute force to be reckoned with on the competitive circuits with a long list of impressive achievements, including a 2016 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe in Super-G. Corey's results are insane considering he only took up sit-skiing in 2011. The former Taranaki rugby representative sustained a crushed spinal cord during a motocross event in September 2009, leaving him paralysed. 2 years after the accident, he was introduced to the sport of sit skiing. In that same year he won gold in the men's adaptive sit-ski event at the Para-Snowboard Winter Games at Cardrona. Corey is one of the fastest & most fearless lads you'll see ripping down Cardrona & is one to keep an eye on... if you can keep up with him!

Hometown: New Plymouth
Instagram: @corey_peters
Facebook: Corey Peters


Mitch Brown

Mitch Brown is a name that will live forever in the history books of New Zealand snowboarding. One of the nation's super groms, Mitch was an early achiever who would charge on to compete in some of the largest halfpipe events in the world, taking down some of the world's best in the process. A double Olympian, competing at the Torino & Vancouver Winter Olympics, Mitchy is arguably the best halfpipe snowboarder that New Zealand has ever produced. His talent & drive runs in the family – Mitch's sister Kendall is also a Kiwi halfpipe legend, although you'd be wrong to label them pipe jocks. Mitch is definitely at home in the backcountry, launching off kickers & tearing up the parks. He is undefeated at Cardrona's annual minipipe champs to date... it's fair to say NZ's young up & coming riders (that he now coaches) have some big boots to fill!

Hometown: Mt Maunganui/Wanaka
Instagram: @mitchbr0wn


Stef Zeestraten

Stef (aka Dutchy) is an absolute charger who made a name for himself in the 'Golden Years' of NZ snowboarding. Stef has had his fair share of time on the slopestyle podiums, taking Billabong Bro Down & Winter Games top honours. With his competition days behind him, Stef is now a regular stand-out in feature magazines that cover his backcountry expeditions. Calling Stef a powder chaser is an understatement... the man finds any way to score fresh lines & launch off cliffs, never shying away from a lengthy hike. When Stef is not on his backcountry adventures you can find him sending it in the parks... no kicker is too large for the Dutchman! Stef is also a very handy surfer from his early years growing up in Kaikoura & when he's not frothing in the outdoors you'll find him on his family's Lavender Farm in Wanaka.

Hometown: Kaikoura/Wanaka
Instagram: @stefzeestraten


Will Jackways

Will J is a core shredder who is a well-known name throughout the NZ snowboarding community & abroad. He's a master talent who tackles any discipline he touches; whether its gunning down big mountain lines, hitting backcountry kickers, lapping through the parks or boosting out of the pipe. Snowboarding has taken Will J to some of the world's most epic riding destinations around the world, from Alaska, Europe & North America all the way back to the best spots in New Zealand. When Will J is not chasing powder, he's hanging with his wife Abby & young daughter Lilian, on the golf course or enjoying some chilly waves down south.

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @willjackways


Abby Jackways

Abby has a long history of being a boss on her board, particularly in the backcountry. She's won the World Heli Challenge 3 times (including defending her title) & is the other half of NZs snowboarding power couple. A pure 'snowboard for the love of it' legend, Abby continues to chase deep pow lines overseas in the States & Japan, even since the arrival of her wee daughter. When Abby's not shredding she is an absolute jack of all trades, dabbling in interior decorating, yoga, mountain biking, running, horse riding, cooking, gardening, skateboarding, crafting, sewing, knitting, drawing & painting (she likes to do most things!). Its fair to say her daughter Lilian has a pretty rad mum to look up to!

Hometown: Wanaka
Instagram: @abbyjackways


  1. Home
  2. Mountain
  3. Cardrona Team
  4. Ambassadors