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Cardrona Spring Camp

For over 2 decades Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka New Zealand has been the #1 freestyle snow sports destination in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cardrona offers world class facilities & events within a relaxed & friendly environment for skiers & boarders from all over the world. In Spring, we super-size our terrain park, big air & set up bag jumps at both the halfpipe & stadium big air specifically for elite athletes, national & international teams. Cardrona Spring Camp offers a competitive advantage leading into the Northern Hemisphere season along with elite level facilities built specifically for advanced athlete development.

For a small country on the south side of the rest of the snow sport population, Cardrona & Wanaka certainly have our fair share of national & international talent.

We know coaches are an essential component of Spring Camp & all teams & individuals are encouraged to bring your own coaches who can participate free of charge. If you don’t have your own coach, email hpc@cardrona.com & ask for a quote to book one of our experienced Parks Squad coaches.

Pricing & Registration

$1500 per week, for Week 2 &/or Week 3 (Includes GST).  For Week 1 Pipe Camp update & costs please see below.

Price includes lift access & full camp facilities however it does not include transport to & from the resort. Alpine & gravity-cross athletes need to email Events Administration for a quote based on requirements.

To register please fill in the online registration form (1 per athlete please).

Camp Schedule - Please note 2018 Schedule TBC

Due to challenging weather conditions and the need to move snow from far afield, the Olympic pipe opening is delayed until Thursday 12 October. We will install the Bagjump after the training session on Thursday morning.

From 12-15 October the pipe will be open and available for training with no camp fee. A lift pass will be required and athletes can choose between $99 day pass, or a $320 4 day flexi-pass. Existing season passes are valid until 15th October.

Spring Camp will operate daily from Monday October 16 through to Sunday the 29th (14 days), weather permitting. Our Spring Camp operations team have years of experience & will communicate with coaches & athletes regarding weather conditions & daily operating hours.

Our daily operational schedule is as follows (times to be confirmed):

  • 6am Mountain reports updated online and snow phone
  • 8am Platter lift will be runnning - training session times will be dependent on weather and snow conditions
  • 11am Coaches operations meeting daily (bottom of halfpipe)


Cardrona has always been at the forefront of freestyle skiing & snowboarding due to our commitment to building terrain parks & halfpipes. Cardrona is also the base for Olympic Pipe builder John Melville, whose Global Cutter was designed, built & is exported globally from Wanaka.

For a snapshot of our facilities just search for Cardrona Alpine Resort on YouTube.

Facilities for the 2017 Spring Camp:

  • 22ft Olympic Superpipe (serviced by the Wells Pipe Platter)
  • 18ft International Halfpipe with a 22ft extension (lower right wall)
  • 15m “Ample” Bagjump located at the bottom between the International & Olympic pipes
  • Big Bucks elite park slopestyle line
  • Stadium Big Air jump
  • Private 20m Grande Bag Jump off the Big Air kicker is available by request available during week 1 of Spring Camp. There’ll be 3 x 2 hour sessions. Minimum of 3 athletes per session
  • Various additional rail features
  • Our brand new McDougall's high speed Chondola (chairs & gondolas) 
  • Full service on-mountain café
  • Full medical facilities with a doctor at all times
  • All park features are maintained throughout each day by the Cardrona Parks Crew who also rake, slip, salt & dye the facilities as required
  • Both halfpipes & all features are groomed daily

 Closed to public during week 2 of the camp, the Big Bucks line consists of 2-3 large rail features followed day. This will be accessible by our brand new McDougall's Chondola only.

Our Big Air location can be accessed by the McDougall’s Chondola & The Wells Pipe Platter, located next to our halfpipes. All camp athletes will have access to use our big air, & this too will be maintained by the Cardrona Parks Crew throughout the day.

Next door to our big air kicker is a large kicker onto a 20m Grande Bag Jump. This bag jump will only operate on demand, with bookings made the night before training. Time slots will vary depending on bookings. This area is managed by the Cardrona GoldX Events Crew, with marshalling & the safe operating use of the bag.

The Olympic 22ft sized halfpipe will be closed to the public for both weeks of the camp. The pipe will be maintained between sessions & monitored throughout the day. Dye will be applied each morning, & re-dyed when required.

Our International pipe will also be in use, built up to 18ft with the bottom skiers’ right wall extended to 22ft. This is to accommodate the 15m “Ample” bag jump located at the bottom between the Olympic & International pipes. This bag jump is managed by staff who ensure the safe drop ins & bag exits of each athlete. The halfpipe will also be cut & groomed each night during the camp. Dye for the International pipe will be supplied on request.

Terms & Conditions

Full payment must be made before October 1, 2017 to confirm your place on Camp. A full refund will be issued if cancelling with a minimum of two weeks’ notice. If you cancel with fewer than two weeks’ notice, a 50% refund will be given. The camp runs for 14 days. Training will be available on every possible day, weather & snow condition dependent. Cardrona cannot be held responsible for weather, snow conditions or any other external factors affecting the ability to train. Athletes & coaches are all issued with a Camp access pass. This must be carried at all times. All athletes using the bag jump must receive induction training & sign a waiver. Camp access is restricted to athletes & coaches only. 

Cardrona closes to the public on October 15, meaning that the first week of Spring Camp, Cardrona will be open on normal operating hours to all of our guests. 

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