With over $15 million spent on recent upgrades, the 2017 season at Cardrona is set to be a ripper! The ski field now boasts the country’s first express chondola, a combination of 6-seater chairs and 8-person gondola cabins. Snowmaking capabilities have been improved, and with more reliable snow, the season has been extended a week.
Cardrona has a terrific learner area with a variety of beginner lifts and long, wide, gentle slopes. Fear not you intermediate and seasoned folks, there is a heap of challenging terrain to sink your teeth into. This is the home of the most extensive park and pipe facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s easy to see why Cardrona is the base for many of New Zealand’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The mountain also plays host to an increasing number of off-season Northern Hemisphere pro athletes.
The ski field is located in the Crown Range between Wanaka and Queenstown, and the breathtaking scenic drive (35 minutes from Wanaka, just over an hour from Queenstown) is a great way to start each day. If you’re the impatient type, book on-mountain accommodation to stay close to the action.