Cardrona Alpine Resort has a long tradition of providing high quality ski race training.
Cardrona has various homologated GS & SL training slopes & also offer several SG options. We also have a full Skier / Boarder Cross course which can, at times, be built to World Cup standard. This variety of terrain combined with a commitment to quality makes Cardrona the ideal place to carry out your training.
Cardrona has a recognised reputation for the quality of its cold & dry snow & receives an average annual snowfall of 2.9 metres. Snowmaking supplements natural snow in the Main, Arcadia, Captain's & Valley View basins using an SMI system. Our trails currently range in vertical drop from 150m-350m with development currently underway for a fully homologated Super G slope.
- 1 Chondola (Chairlift Gondola)
- 2 quad express chair lifts
- 1 quad fixed grip chair lift
- 4 terrain parks, 2 halfpipes, gravity cross course, big air
- 345 hectares, 600m vertical
- Highest lifted point 1860m
- Base area elevation 1260m
- Average snowfall 2.9m
RACE LANES & TRAINING SPACE
In addition to our Ski School, Cardrona run an Alpine (& Freestyle) High Performance programme in addition to various competitive events throughout the season. These Cardrona Alpine Ski Team (CAST) programmes & competitions also require space on the mountain throughout the season.
Our CAST programme includes U10, U14, U16 & FIS level teams. These teams are pre-allocated lanes. The Cardrona CAST programme has 14 race coaches assigned to various teams. HPC coaches are required to fence & close off their own pre-booked training lanes. The HPC junior programmes utilise the Gin & Raspberry lanes within Captain's Basin, however our FIS level athletes will train alongside international teams. The CAST FIS teams may have invited international athletes & coaches within their group.
Currently there are 6 main trails available to rent to international alpine race teams. Most lanes are only available until 9am to avoid closing main trails & arteries, or causing merging issues for our recreational mountain guests. Only Tail Race, Gin & Raspberry & sections of the Arcadia Basin are permitted to remain closed for training until 11am.
The following is a list of the 6 trails available, the disciplines suited to the terrain & the times they must close each day:
1. Upper Goldrush Downhill & Sluice Box
Homologated FIS GS & SL | Ideal for SG | Available for daily training from 7-9am
2. Lower Goldrush Downhill to Valley View Chairlift
Homologated FIS GS & SL | ideal for SG | Available for daily training from 7-8.30am
3. Tail Race
Homologated for Slalom only but suitable for GS | Available for daily training from 7-11am.
*Afternoon & alternative times & extended sessions available upon request.
4. Acadia Basin
Alternative start & finish locations with multiple lanes available. (Homologated GS & SL). Available for daily training 7am-11am.
5. Highway 89
Not homologated but ideal for easy GS training & SG training (with good glide). Available for daily training 7am-9am
*Early lift opening is required for Super G. This cost will be added to the lane rental fee.
6. Gin & Raspberry
Not homologated. Good training for both GS & SL. Primarily booked by the HPC teams as more suited to junior development. Available for morning & afternoon training.
LANE RENTAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
When booking training space on the mountain all teams must be aware of the terms & conditions for training on the resort in addition to the opening & closing procedures in place for the safety of all our mountain guests.
- The lane length & specific lane location will be subject to snow conditions & general trail availability will be determined by resort management.
- Training spaces & times must be confirmed daily with the Cardrona Sport Manager or Race Lane Supervisor
- A scheduled daily meeting is required to confirm times & discuss weather & snow conditions
- Due to darkness, early lanes starting at 7am are only available from August 25 onwards
- Access to the mountain is strictly restricted to athletes & working coaches only
- Early morning field access & operation is controlled by Ski Patrol. All directions from Ski Patrol must be followed always.
The following early morning access & set up procedures must be followed:
- Coaches can call the Mountain Manager for an early morning update on conditions(mobile # provided upon request)
- Coaches should check in with Patrol to announce arrival & receive any instructions required. This must be done before entering the field. If no patroller is present then the Patrol Base radio should be used to contact duty patroller
- Athletes & coaches must stick to pre-arranged trails/areas & not venture anywhere else on the mountain
- Whitestar Express begins to load at 6.45am initially for coaches only. Coaches need to load as a group. Once they are at the top, the lift is stopped for roughly 10mins whilst Maintenance carry out their checks. After that the lift will open for coaches & athletes
- The 2nd early morning patroller (when there is one) will stand at top of Cooper's Mistake & manage team check-in & communicate with Maintenance for when the lift is ready for coaches, then athletes
- Race Course/All Nations trails may be used for access & warming up only. This is a slow speed zone due to morning vehicle (snowmobile) traffic & staff access
- Athletes & coaches must not ski through the terrain park
- All training courses must be securely fenced off before the hill is open to the public at 8.30am. Early morning patrol & slope safety staff will put out fencing & close rental lanes
- It is the responsibility of the coaches to ensure that their course remains securely fenced off to the public during training. Cardrona staff will remove the fencing once training is finished
- If training SG or GS on Captain's a coach must be placed at end of Shaun’s way to assist with the safe passage of Captain's lift operators & café staff who must make their way to work. Usually this involves putting a temporary halt on the course
- Athletes & coaches are permitted to use the “priority lane” at the bottom of the chairlifts but are not permitted to use the “private lesson lane”. Please follow all instructions from Cardrona lift operators
- Every effort will be made to ensure training begins as close to 7am as possible subject to prevailing weather & snow conditions.
RACE LANE RATES
$500 per hour for SLALOM | $750 per hour for GIANT SLALOM
- All prices include gst. Race lane prices exclude lift passes
- Teams must provide a credit card to be kept on file for processing lane fees & lift passes throughout their stay
- Race lane bookings are confirmed at 1pm meetings the day prior & lift passes must be confirmed during this meeting
- All athletes, coaches & servicemen will receive a discounted lift pass charged at $55 per day. Everybody on the mountain must have a pass
- Additional cost for extension of training lane time beyond 11am will be charged at the applicable hourly rate
- Race teams who wish to undertake additional coaching outside the booked race training areas & times must first seek approval from the Cardrona Sport Manager
- International teams allocated a lane are not permitted to sub lease & on sell lane fees to other teams without consultation with the Cardrona Sport Manager prior
- Only Cardrona Alpine Resort personnel are permitted to coach, teach or guide on the mountain, unless a coaching agreement is in place. Please refer to Cardrona coaching conditions
- Training lanes will be charged at full rate even if the team chooses to finish earlier
- When the weather & snow conditions are difficult we expect fairness & understanding from all teams to find the best solution for training lane allocation & morning access.
ATHLETE, COACH ES & SERVICE STAFF LIFT PASSES
All athletes & coaches will be required to carry a valid lift pass at all times. These will be issued before training starts with a date range for the training period. These passes must be paid for in advance. Athletes, coaches & service staff can either purchase an International Athlete (season) Pass (IAP) which is $799, or a morning race training pass which is $55 per day.
All members of training teams are required to adhere to the requirements of the Snow User Responsibility Code at all times. Any racers speeding outside of their designated training lanes will be subject to removal of lift passes and not permitted to train. Please avoid skiing in large groups outside of race training hours.
Cardrona is committed to providing all visitors with a safe & rewarding experience. The ski area is popular with families & novice–intermediate skiers & boarders & attracts significant numbers of children to its slopes. Cardrona is committed to the Snow Safety Code & will not tolerate fast, out of control or reckless skiing & riding.
Cardrona Alpine Resort shall reserve the right to cancel or close any race training facility &/or to withdraw any lift privileges purchased or otherwise as it deems necessary in the event of any behaviour or actions which the ski area deems to be inappropriate or unsafe to its ski area operations. This requirement may be applied to any individual or team as determined by ski area management. In such event no refund will be given.
We kindly ask that all teams enter a spirit of cooperation & goodwill whilst training at Cardrona.