Snowskiing: Latest Vacation Attraction at Cardrona Opens

October 16, 2006 by  
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Visitors on vacation at the popular South Island resort of Cardrona in New Zealand have a new feature to experience. Cardrona has recently added an exciting terrain park to increase its attraction with skiers of all ages. Cardrona ski resort is one of the most popular ski vacation resorts in the country located between Wanaka and Queenstown on South Island. The new terrain park at Cardrona Alpine Resort is now complete and the major features are all in position. This has made Cardrona into a world-class facility and it is more than equipped to be able to meet the demands of the growing professional ski and snowboard industry of New Zealand.

This park is the longest terrain park in Australasia at over one km. It includes 21 rails, six jumps and two half pipes, which cater to skiers of all standards from beginners to the most advanced riders. A staircase feature with different rails and stairs completes the facilities at the park. The terrain park was designed by Park and Pipe Manager, John Melville who is also credited with the development of the Cardrona Cutter. The authorities are pleased that the riders can now enjoy a facility that is a stand-alone training ground for high-level international skiers and snowboarders.

The resort usually has a good snow record though this year the entire region has not received snow in abundance. The facilities are comparable with the best of rest of the skiing world. It is equipped with seven lifts that lead to over 320 hectares of skiing terrain. The rugged terrain has several natural features that make it interesting. Cardrona is kid friendly resort with excellent nursery slopes for learners. The resort also offers organized kids activities for children from 3 months to 12 years. There are several other ski areas near by and a central place to stay near Cardrona and other ski vacation places is the Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels. It is located in the rolling hills of the Cardrona Valley and just a forty minute drive from Queenstown and only twenty minutes from Wanaka. The charming old style ambience of this unique hotel combines quality accommodation with traditional hospitality.