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Ski Touring

Uphill Access Information

As a courtesy to our guests & the community, Cardrona allows uphill access for ski touring, snowshoeing, & hiking (no snowmobiles) along 1 route within the resort operating boundary. 

  • All uphill access is via the Skyline & Queenstown Return trails to the top of the Captain’s Express, with access starting in Carpark B at the Backcountry Advisory Sign
  •  Uphill access is prohibited across the rest of the resort
  • Uphill travellers must stay to the outside of the trail & travel in single file. Make sure you can be seen from above at all times
  • Uphill access is permitted between 8.30am & 4pm & may be subject to environmental or operational closures. Open/closed status of uphill travel is posted at the bottom end of Skyline & Queenstown Return trails. Uphill traffic is not permitted outside these hours due to groomer, winch cable & snowmaking activity across the entire mountain
  • Travel up the Cardrona mountain road may also be subject to the open/closed status of the road indicated at the Toll Gate
  • All ski field closures must be obeyed
  • The Cardrona Alpine Resort operating boundary is clearly marked throughout the resort. No Ski Patrol response or avalanche control exists beyond this boundary. If you leave the operating boundary you are entering a backcountry area where avalanche & other hazards may exist
  • Any vehicle left in the carpark after 5pm must be notified to Patrol or will be subject to Search & Rescue costs

Backcountry Information

  • Any vehicle left in the carpark after 5pm must be notified to Patrol or will be subject to Search & Rescue costs
  • The Cardrona Alpine Resort operating boundary is clearly marked throughout the resort. No Ski Patrol response or avalanche control exists beyond this boundary. If you leave the operating boundary you are entering a backcountry area where avalanche & other hazards may exist
  • The main back bowl, Soho Basin, is used by a commercial cat skiing operation & has certain requirements for public using the land. Cardrona encourage public to follow their rules to ensure continued public access to the land. More information can be found here
  • The Southern Lakes Avalanche Advisory can be found here
  • Backcountry users need to have the proper equipment & training to be able to safely operate in the backcountry. More information on courses and equipment can be found here
  • The Patrol team are always available to advise on current avalanche & snow conditions
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