Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Open for 2016…

Cardrona Alpine Resort is open for the 2016 winter, with a bluebird day to welcome skiers and snowboarders to the season. All four chairlifts, two surface conveyors including the new conveyor tunnel, and main trails opened to the public at 8.30am this morning with around 1500 skiers and snowboarders on the mountain today.

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Cardrona Celebrates Successful Summer Season

Cardrona Alpine Resort are celebrating a successful summer season, after operations closed yesterday. With more year-round staff, developments for the upcoming winter season and a range of summer products, the 2015/16 season has been the beginning of Cardrona’s goal to become a true year-round resort.

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Cardrona Introduces a New Year-Round Lift Pass

Passholders will be entitled not only to unlimited skiing and snowboarding for winter and part of spring, but also unlimited lift access for mountain biking in summer and the start of autumn. “Cardrona is committed to becoming an all year round resort and we are thrilled about it. We want to reward our loyal season pass holders and the Cardrona …

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James Woods from Sheffield steals the show with freeski slopestyle gold at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

Team GB star James ‘Woodsy’ Woods from Sheffield held off stiff competition from many of the world’s best freeskiers at Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka today to win the men’s FIS Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle World Cup at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015. In the women’s event, which was also the first Platinum-level competition on this season’s AFP World Tour, …

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Major study evaluates feasibility of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ becoming annual world-class winter sports event

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ could be held annually from 2017 if a business case study commissioned by Sport New Zealand stacks up for the internationally ranked winter sports event to change its status as a biennial fixture. Chairman of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Sir Eion Edgar said there is significant interest in the Games, which feature alpine and …

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Thank F*@# it’s Friday with Janina Kuzma

ANNABEL WILSON hangs out in The Wax Room with freeskier Janina Kuzma on the eve of the Winter Games 2015 and discovers what’s ON her mind and what’s in her ski pants pocket. Then we tell you what’s ON in the 443 and beyond this weekend. What’s happening in your world at the moment? The Winter Games are about to kick …

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First runs take top snowboarders to World Cup finals

Some of the world’s top slopestyle riders soared into perfect blue skies at Cardrona Alpine Resort yesterday to launch the first snowboard event of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015. In the qualifying heats for the FIS Snowboard World Cup Slopestyle, Japanese elite rider Yuki Kadono – currently ranked number two on the World Snowboard Tour – laid down an …

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Cardrona Ramping up for Audi quattro Winter Games

Cardrona Alpine Resort have undergone new developments to create the next level of competition for freestyle skiing and snowboarding events in New Zealand at the 2015 Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ. Cardrona Alpine Resort has also announced a partnership with Winter Games Sponsor Audi, a new endeavour for the 2015 season. General Manager Bridget Legnavsky says the new partnership strengthens …

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Young Freeskiers and Snowboarders Take Competition to the Next Level

Cardrona Alpine Resort’s world-class slopestyle course provided a testing ground for New Zealand’s up and coming freeski and snowboard athletes today as they competed in the International Ski Federation (FIS) Australia New Zealand Cup. For several NZ athletes it was their first experience of FIS level competition and an opportunity to earn the qualification points needed to compete at the …

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Olympic Snowboard Gold Medallists Promise Spectacular Action at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015

The appearance of internationally renowned Olympic medallists Kelly Clark of USA and Iouri “iPod” Podladtchikov of Switzerland has raised the bar even higher in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe competition at Audi quattro Winter Games 2015 and promises even more spectacular action in the Snowboard Big Air closing event. Clark is a trailblazer in her sport and billed as …

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Major Accolade for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 from Association of Freeskiing Professionals

Top Scandinavian and French athletes are currently headlining the international entries for Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 freeski events, which have again attracted the supreme Platinum level sanctioning from the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP). The AFP’s sanctioning for all freeski disciplines at August’s event – Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air – reflects the high standard achieved by Winter …

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The Cardrona Olympic Halfpipe Almost Ready to Open

After a bumper start to the 2015 winter season, Cardrona has accelerated the construction of its freestyle features and currently offers the most extensive terrain park facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. Cardrona’s 22ft Olympic Superpipe, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, is on track to open within a week. Earthworks were completed over summer to widen …

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Opening Weeks of Winter 2015 in Photos

What an unreal start to the 2015 winter season! Six weeks ago, when Queenstown and Wanaka saw it’s first decent snow fall for 2015, you would hear the usual “snow in May never stays” phrase. But this time it did! Apart from a very short, warm/wet spell at the start of June, the ski resorts of Queenstown and Wanaka have …

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Snow Sports NZ and Cardrona Alpine Resort Sign Adaptive Snowsports Team Sponsorship Agreement

Under a newly signed agreement with Snow Sports NZ, Cardrona Alpine Resorts Limited has become the naming rights sponsor of the NZ Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Teams. Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Sports NZ have a long-standing partnership in Adaptive snowsports with the NZ Adaptive Team of Adam Hall, Carl Murphy and Corey Peters having trained at the resort for many seasons. …

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Opening Weekend for 2015 Winter Season

Both Cardrona and Coronet Peak opened their doors for the first days of the season this past weekend, and while the weather put a few hurdles in the path on Saturday, Sunday was a stunner! Team 360 managed to get up Cardrona for a run on the Saturday before the wind picked up a little too much and the lifts …

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Cardrona Opening on Saturday 13th June

It has been confirmed that Cardrona will open for the winter season on June 13, a week earlier than last year. Cardrona was initially scheduled to open with beginner slopes only. However after last week’s large snowfall and a long run of ideal snowmaking conditions, it is now likely that McDougall’s, Whitestar and Captains Quad Chairlifts will also be available …

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Cardrona's snowmaking kicks off as new groomers arrive!

The recent snow fall has seen around 30cm accumulate in the base area at Cardrona. The team started snowmaking on Monday 18th May with over 800,000 litres of water to kick things off. The forecasted temperatures are looking good for further snowmaking this week to keep the base which has formed. Cardrona’s approximately 2 million dollar investment has arrived in …

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'High fibre' partnership to aid long-term development of New Zealand winter sport

A three-way partnership between Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Sports New Zealand and the managing trust of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is investing in a permanent network of fibre optic cable that will streamline event management at the ski field and form the basis of a world-leading sports analysis system. The network will significantly reduce the logistical effort and cost …

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Cardrona NZ Park & Pipe Team Close Out Strong Season with Podium for Byron Wells at AFP Finals

Byron Wells’ third place finish in halfpipe at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour finals has marked a successful end to one of the strongest competition seasons ever for the Cardrona NZ Park & Pipe Team. Competing in the disciplines of freeski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle, New Zealand athletes have secured multiple elite podiums, titles and finals …

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Cardrona Bike Park Ready to Reopen for Easter

With additional trail construction and maintenance now underway for the re-opening of the Cardrona Bike Park on April 4th, a new downhill mountain biking event: The Cardrona Mega Avalanche has been confirmed to take place on April 19th. Cardrona and Highlands Motorsport Park are collaborating to bring mountain bike racing into the motorsport arena of the Repco Race to the …

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Janina Kuzma Finishes Second on World Cup Tour

Cardrona NZ freeskier, Janina Kuzma (Wanaka) has finished in second place overall on the FIS Freeski World Cup tour. It was a tremendous display of skiing under the lights in Tignes, France, on Friday night at the halfpipe World Cup finals, as Canadian Cassie Sharpe took an impressive win in the competition, while runner-up on the evening Ayana Onozuka (JPN) …

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NZ Snowboarder Carlos Garcia Knight Takes Silver at Junior World Champs

Cardrona snowboarder Carlos Garcia Knight (Christchurch) has claimed a silver medal in Slopestyle at the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships in Yabuli, China over night. Teammate JJ Rayward (Nelson) finished eighth.  Garcia Knight had taken the fast track to finals, having placed second in his qualifying heat on Monday, while JJ Rayward, fourth in his qualifying heat, would first contest …

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Cardrona 2015 Early Bird Season Passes On Sale

With winter approaching, Cardrona Alpine Resort’s annual Early Bird Season Pass Sale has begun and will run until March 31st. This year Cardrona has introduced a new product structure to its Season Passes. Guests will now have a choice for whether or not they include the first school holiday period in their pass. Adults, Children (6 – 17yrs), Students and …

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Byron Wells Wins Aspen Open Halfpipe

Cardrona NZ freeskier Byron Wells (Wanaka) has taken out first place in the halfpipe at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open in the U.S.A.  Competing in the same halfpipe used for X Games Aspen, the field of thirty five men battled through heavy snowfalls in the two run qualifying rounds with the top 10 then progressing to finals. Byron Wells qualified …

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Cardrona to extend the 2015 winter by two weeks

With winter approaching, Cardrona Alpine Resort have decided to lengthen their winter season and have invested heavily into improving the quality and number of groomed trails for all types of skiers and snowboarders. Cardrona have extended their season by two weeks which gives the ski area the longest scheduled winter season in the South Island. Cardrona’s 2015 Opening Day will …

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Two Bike Parks for the Cardrona Valley!

Cardrona Alpine Resort will be open to the public in the upcoming New Year’s holiday period, offering guests access to a variety of alpine mountain biking trails. Not to be confused with the jump track being built in the Cardrona Valley, the ‘Cardrona Bike Park’ will open for 10 days in total, from Dec 27th – 31st and from January …

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Adaptive Snow Sports Development Camp a Success for Athletes & Coaches

Winter Paralympians Adam Hall and Anthony Field and summer Paralympian Mary Fisher were amongst participants in a three-day camp, held at Cardrona Alpine Resort from 20-22 September 2014 as part of the Snow Sports Youth and Women Talent Identification Programme. The programme is delivered by Snow Sports NZ and supported by the Agitos Foundation and Paralympics New Zealand. The Agitos …

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Heavy Hitters Add the Wow Factor on Final Day of Cardrona NZ Junior Nationals

The Salomon Snowboard Halfpipe and K2 Ski Freeride rounded out the final day of competition today at the Cardrona NZ Freeski & Snowboard Junior National Champs. After a run of fine weather today’s forecast was for afternoon snow showers so the pressure was on to get competition wrapped up before visibility deteriorated.  Salomon Snowboard Halfpipe A small but determined field …

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The Action Continues at Junior Nationals on Day Two

200 keen competitors returned to Cardrona Alpine Resort today for day two of the Cardrona NZ Junior Freeski and Snowboard National Championships. On today’s agenda were the Bonfire Boarder-cross, Snowboard Giant Slalom and Smith Ski Slopestyle. Bonfire Boarder-cross New Zealand Paralympian Carl Murphy was happy to get proceedings underway on the Speed Zone Gravity-Cross track this morning, acting as course forerunner …

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National Youth Series and South Island Champs

The National Youth Series (NZYS) and South Island Championships were held at Cardrona Alpine Resort from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September. It was a big weekend of racing with several age groups catered for in perfect spring conditions. With temperatures dropping into negative figures overnight the snow remained in good condition for racing even with three days of sunshine. …

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Podium for Christy Prior at 2014 Burton High Fives

Seven New Zealand athletes were in action at Cardrona Alpine Resort yesterday for the slopestyle finals of the 3rd annual Burton High Fives presented by MINI. In the women’s field Olympians Christy Prior, Stefi Luxton, Shelly Gotlieb and Rebecca Torr were all excited to be competing in the first snowboard competition of the NZ season. Flying the NZ flag in the men’s …

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Everything Zen at MINI Burton High Fives

The 3rd annual Burton High Fives presented by MINI kicked off on Monday, September 15 as 60 of the world’s top snowboarders descended upon Wanaka for an epic week of on and off-snow competition and shenanigans. The good times commenced with some wild Antipodean outdoor challenges at Oxbow Adventures hideaway followed by the MINI Off-Road racing in the heart of the Cardrona Valley. Next, the …

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ON the scene: Gay Ski Week 2014

ON mag’s Man About Town Martin Cedes sampled Gay Ski Week in Queenstown and caught up with “big loud English” Bob Tovey, a Cromwell based businessman who happens to be the ambassador of GSWQT, the only LGBT ski and tourism festival in the South Island in which party animals spend a seven days enjoying on and off snow celebrations in the …

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3rd Annual Burton High Fives Confirms Top Snowboarders

Yesterday, Burton Snowboards announced the list of top invited riders confirmed to attend the annual High Fives presented by MINI, including Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Jamie Anderson (USA). The unique competition pairs 60 of the best snowboarders with up and comers to compete in fun off-snow team activities and world-class slopestyle and halfpipe competitions …

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Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Monday 25th August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Monday 25th August 2014. Note: We’ve changed how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

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Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Friday 22nd August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Friday 22nd August 2014. Note: We’ve changed how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

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Crystal Ball Snow Report; 3-Day Outlook on Tuesday 19th August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Queenstown and Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report on Tuesday 19th August 2014. Note: We’re changing how we publish our wee Crystal Ball report. Having previously been focused on publishing daily, we’re now changing to a 3-day outlook, with the intention of providing more detail, more images and a more in-depth weather/snow forecast …

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Thank F*** it’s Friday with snow diva Jo Guest

ANNABEL WILSON joined Jo Guest of Mission WOW as she led a troupe of backcountry trekkers into the mountains on a quest to share skills and ideas at Cardrona recently. Here’s the skinny from Jo on leftovers and other life lessons. Then we tell you WHAT’S ON this week in Wanaka and beyond. What’s happening in the world of Jo Guest at the …

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Burton Announces 3rd Annual High Fives Snowboarding Competition Presented by MINI

Burton Snowboards have announced that the 3rd annual Burton High Fives presented by MINI will take place at Cardrona Alpine Resort from September 14–20th, 2014.

High Fives is a truly unique, six-day event that will bring together 60 of the world’s top pro and rookie snowboarders for halfpipe and slopestyle contests, along with adventure-filled, top-secret, off-snow team activities. The invitational event also marks the first of the multi-stop Burton Global Event Series, and the second consecutive year Cardrona will host the competition.

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Queenstown & Wanaka Crystal Ball Snow Report, Friday 1st August 2014

Hello skiers and snowboarders, and welcome to the Crystal Ball Snow Report on Friday 1st August 2014. Thunder, lightening, rain, wind… Mother Nature is certainly dominating the skies these last few days. 100kph winds battered both Cardrona and Treble Cone, forcing TC to close yet again. Unfortunately, the freezing level has been rising and Cardrona recorded 5 degrees Celsius at …

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Full Mountain Virtual Tour for Cardrona

If you visit the Cardrona website on a fairly regular basis, you may have just noticed a few changes in the past day or two. One of the additions to their new-look website, is the addition of full mountain virtual tour, produced by none other than… us, here at 360. The virtual tour currently begins at the top of Whitestar …

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The biggest terrain park in the Southern Hemisphere

Cardrona’s been well-known for its substantial terrain parks for a number of years now. However the 2014 season has seen them step it up again, with the addition of a new intermediate jump line named Antler’s Alley… Your browser does not support iframes. The new park consists of 3 jumps varying from 15-30 foot in length. Read more here. To …

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Cardrona Opening Day 2014

Wow, big efforts from the grooming department at Cardrona the past few days! Today saw the planned opening for the 2014 winter season come through, thanks to the hard working snow makers and groomer drivers up at Cardies. Only the learner areas and McDougalls managed to open today, but the trails were in pretty good shape and the park crew …

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Opening days for the 2014 winter season!

It’s getting close, you can feel it in the air… even with the inversions hovering in the valleys! The first opening day for the 2014 winter season is THIS SATURDAY!!! Coronet Peak will be the first ski resort (as usual) to open its lifts for the 2014 season. Then it’s almost two weeks before the next one kicks in – …

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Last chance for late bird season passes at Cardrona

May is nearly upon us and temperatures are dropping… there’s even a layer of snow on the hills around Queenstown and Wanaka. Tomorrow is your last chance to grab a Cardrona “Late Bird” season pass for $729, sale ending on April 30th. After tomorrow the price goes up to $1299, so get in quick and save yourself $570! Read more …

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Season Passes in Queenstown and Wanaka for Winter 2014

It’s officially the first day of Autumn down here in our stunning little corner of the world. That means winter is getting closer and it’s time to make a decision around which season pass combination you’re going to purchase this year. Early-bird season pass pricing closes this month! For those from overseas, planning to head to the Southern Lakes area …

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Virtual Tours of Cardrona Apartments

Did you know… that you can stay up on the mountain at Cardrona? There are 15 Cardrona apartments, located on the upper-level of the base building, all with fully equipped kitchens and open-plan living, a laundry with washing machine and dryer, plus flat screen TVs with Sky. They have 4 different configurations; a studio apartment, a 2-bed, a 3-bed and …

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Video: My Favourite Run with JJ Rayward

Young-gun sponsored snowboarder JJ Rayward is a well-known face at Cardrona Alpine Resort. With one of the best attitudes in New Zealand snowboarding, JJ has a constant stoke all aspects of riding no matter who you are or what you’re doing. This is JJ’s favourtie lap through the Play Zone and Heavy Metal Parks at Cardrona… JJ rides for Signal …

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Video: My Favourite Run with Janina Kuzma

Here it is… the first installment of the My Favourite Run series with iOn point-of-view cameras. This one is with Wanaka local big mountain and halfpipe skier Janina Kuzma (who you’ll be seeing at the Winter Olympics in a few months time), taking us on a lap from the peak at Cardrona down through the 22ft superpipe. Janina skis for …

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Amazing Jamie Anderson wins slopestyle gold in Audi quattro Winter Games NZ late show

US snowboard star, Jamie Anderson rewarded the patience of a passionate Cardrona crowd with a stunning display of slopestyle riding today at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. Team GB’s Jenny Jones took silver with Cheryl Maas scooping bronze for the Netherlands. Weather again disrupted the day’s schedule leading to a late afternoon finish for the women and the cancellation …

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Queenstown & Wanaka Snow Report 1st July 2013

Welcome to the daily 360qw Snow Report for Monday the 1st July. Yesterday everyone was out and about in the Southern Lakes ski areas, making the most of the weekend. Treble Cone was no exception providing us with some great coffee and snow. The day started off a little cloudy, but then the sun smiled through after about 11am softening …

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Queenstown & Wanaka Snow Report 29th June 2013

Welcome to the second 360qw Snow Report, partnering with NZ Snow Tours…. Yesterday was another clear, cold and calm day in the Southern Lakes, and if you were up at any one of the resorts, no doubt you had a fantastic day! That high pressure system is doing a great job keeping the skies clear and the temperatures cold. Cardrona …

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Cardrona Opening Day 2013

This is going to be hard to put into words that will do it justice, but the 2013 Cardrona opening day was absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! The recent storms coming through the Wakitipu Basin have been loading all the Queenstown and Wanaka ski fields with massive amounts of deep, dry powder. The snow coverage at Cardrona Alpine Resort right now is better …

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Cardrona Playzone with Beau-James Wells

Here it is folks, the virtual tour for the Cardrona Playzone terrain park, with Beau-James Wells featuring in the forth pano… Your browser does not support iframes. This was shot on closing day last season and we’ve been holding off till now to publish it – time to get excited about the season everyone (if you’re not already frothing for …

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Lake Wanaka operators launch new packages for winter 2013

Lake Wanaka, the largest ski region in New Zealand and the largest heli ski area in world outside North America, is all set for an awesome winter season with world-class terrain for all abilities, new resort facilities, new packages and a single pass transferable across all skifields. The region has already enjoyed cold temperatures and Autumn snowfalls that have created …

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Snow line is getting lower; check the webcams!

It’s not even June and the snow is creeping down the mountain side. This morning in Wanaka we woke up to snow at about 400 meters. So what better a way to spend your Monday morning at work… browsing the resort webcams and getting excited for the fun times ahead? Here at 360qw we’ll be launching our comparative snow reports …

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