Winter has arrived and so have our latest ski experiences at Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand. Whether you’re an avid snow bunny or you have never hit the snowfield read on to discover why you need to pay a visit to Cardrona Alpine Resort this ski season.
Where is it?
Cardrona Valley lies between a steep mountainous route on Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wanaka. Travellers arriving from interstate or from Australia should fly into Queenstown and then make the 1 hour drive to the ski resort.
Why you need to visit?
Sure, there are dozens of alpine resorts in both Australia and New Zealand not to mention all over the world. As travellers, we really are spoiled for choice but Cardrona Alpine Resort is adored by visitors for one simple reason- it’ll keep everyone happy. With over 400 hectares of skiable terrain, there are ski slopes to suit all abilities from complete novices to advanced and expert levels.
Beginners will find a dedicated area in the Main Basin to find their feet on the snow and these ski fields are also perfect for families. Cardrona Alpine Resort is also perfect for groups with varying skiing or snowboarding skills because of its terrain parks, half pipes, challenging steeps and Gravity X course. And when hunger strikes in between runs on the slopes there are 8 unique cafes and restaurants to choose from. Our pick is the brand new Vista bar atop of McDougall’s Express Chondola with jaw dropping views of the Wakatipu Basin. Pull up a bean bag, order a drink and people watch from atop of the mountain.
When is the best time to visit?
Cardrona Alpine Resort transforms into a winter wonderland from June to late October and has an annual snowfall of 2.9 metres but snowmaking supplements ensure that there is plenty of snow on the slopes. The base area has an elevation of 1670 metres but with the help of the 7 lifts and gondolas you can reach the highest elevation of 1860 metres for an epic selfie and spectacular views.
What experiences are available?
Experience Oz has got all the essentials covered from ski passes, equipment hire and ski lessons for first timers to make your visit to Cardrona Alpine Resort is a winter holiday that you’ll always cherish.
Full Day Lift Passes
The all day lift passes give skiers and snowboarders access to all the ski fields on the mountain via the gondola cabins and high speed lifts that will take you to the top of the ski runs.
Ski Pass and Rental Package
If you need to rent your equipment then why not opt for a package that includes all your skis or snowboard equipment and a lift mountain pass. You’ll save time and money with the convenient package getting you on the slopes quicker.
First Timer Ski or Snowboard Package
Cardrona Alpine Resort is all about getting you on out on the slopes to enjoy the winter activities with everyone else. If you have never set foot on snow or tried to ski then we recommend to their first timer ski or snowboard package which includes 4.5 hrs worth of lessons, a ski lift pass and of course your necessary equipment. With hands on tutoring, you’ll have the confidence to race down the slopes on beginner runs in no time.
To learn more about Cardrona Alpine Resort and all the wonderful winter experiences that await then click, book and be on your merry way.