Everyone’s a VIP at Cardrona Alpine Resort
By Justine Tyerman
Cardrona Alpine Resort sits high on a mountain range between Queenstown and Wanaka in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The views are breathtaking – on a clear day, you can even see Aorangi / Mt Cook.
I’ve skied at many resorts in New Zealand and around the world but Cardrona makes me feel like one of the family. I’ve skied there since it first began in 1980 and it’s so familiar, I can even handle it in a whiteout.
At Cardrona, everyone’s a VIP – whether you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder, there on a ski holiday with your family, or training for the Olympics. No matter who you are, you’re welcomed with genuine Kiwi hospitality.
Cardrona’s three wide, open basins provide some of New Zealand’s most varied terrain. The resort sits at high altitude meaning its snow conditions rank among the best and most reliable in the country – and they look after the precious white stuff with an innovative snowmaking system.
Snow Sports School
Learning to ski or snowboard is easy at Cardrona Alpine Resort with a great team of Snow Sports School instructors and New Zealand’s only gondola cabin-style lift on a ski area. Getting up the mountain is a breeze with the McDougall’s Express Chondola. The Snow Sports School also offers a Kids’ Club and adaptive lessons for disabled skiers.
Cardrona is snowboard and freestyle heaven with the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park and halfpipe facilities – four terrain parks for every level, two halfpipes (including the country’s only Olympic 22ft Superpipe), a gravity-X course and a world-renowned big-air jump.
The cuisine is awesome, too, with eight cafés including evening dining and a mountain-top champagne bar. At Cardrona, you can stay on the mountain at New Zealand’s highest alpine apartments.
There’s also a fully-licenced childcare centre and under-5s ski lessons at the ‘Ski Kindy’; full ski and snowboard rental services including workshop facilities; a retail shop; an on-mountain doctor and physiotherapist . . . and free Wifi.
To learn more, read my account of Cardrona Alpine Resort on LuxuryNewZealand.com.
Contributing Editor Justine Tyerman is an award-winning travel writer, journalist and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand, with 20 years’ experience in newspaper and freelance work. Check out her work at www.just-write.co.nz and Tyerman’s Travels Facebook.