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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, the big air & halfpipes are set up with airbags 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

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.

All inquiries can be sent to events@cardrona.com or events.admin@cardrona.com

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


Confirmed Camp Schedule

From October 7 - 20, 2019 the pipe will be open & available for training spring camp athletes only.

Spring Camp will operate daily from Monday October 7 through to Sunday October 20 (14 days), weather permitting. We will do our best to communicate with coaches & athletes regarding weather conditions & daily operating hours.

Our daily operational schedule is as follows (times vary each day):

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

Camp Facilities

Cardrona has always been at the forefront of freestyle skiing & snowboarding due to our commitment to building terrain parks & halfpipes. 

For a snapshot of our facilities, check out Cardrona Alpine Resort on YouTube

  • 22ft Olympic Superpipe (serviced by the Wells Pipe Platter)
  • The International Halfpipe will be extended to 22ft on the lower right wall to meet with the spine bag
  • 15m spine airbag jump located at the bottom between the International & Olympic pipes
  • Access to all mountain facilities  
  • 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
  • Access to the SSNZ landing airbag - session times may need to be booked each day, depending on interest (TBC)

Big Bucks terrain park will remain open to the public until Cardrona closing day, the line consists of 2-3 large rail features & followed by slopestyle sized 3 jumps. 

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 will also be maintained by the Cardrona Parks Crew throughout the day.

The Olympic 22ft sized halfpipe will be closed to the public for both weeks of the camp. The pipe will be cut and maintained between sessions & monitored throughout the day. It will be a shortened halfpipe this year to focus on making the spine airbag a priority for training. Dye will be applied each morning.

Jake Ingle will be returning for Spring Camp 2019. Jake is a World Cup halfpipe builder, who looked after the Olympic pipe during this year's Winter Games NZ.

Our International pipe will have the bottom skier's right wall extended to 22ft. This is to accommodate the 15m spine airbag 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.


Terms & Conditions

Full payment must be made before October 1, 2019 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. 

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