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Cardrona Alpine Resort

Quick Facts Where 34 km from Wanaka, 58 km from Queenstown Ski & Board Wide open groomed trails. Terrain parks, half-pipes, gravity-X Season June – October Access Road 12.6 km from Cardrona Hotel, partially sealed, carry chains Price Range Adult lift pass $103 Ratings Beginner 25%, intermediate 25%, advanced 50%

Cardrona is renowned as a natural choice for families, beginners and intermediates. The field’s famous learner’s slopes are the widest, most scenic learner trails in the Wanaka/Queenstown region and make the ski resort a favourite with those new to snowsports. With four dedicated Kids’ Centres, including early childcare centres, it’s also a top ski destination for families. For the more adventurous, Cardrona offers extensive terrain park facilities with halfpipes, gravity-X and a range of beginner freestyle features. Apartment-style accommodation is available on the mountain, and a range of food options on the field (including a pizzeria, noodle and juice bars, and cafés) keep snow fans fuelled up for the action on the slopes!

Essentials Highest Point 1,860 m; Vertical: 600 m Skiable Area 345 ha Lift Pass Adult $103, Student $82, Child $52, 65 – 74 years $62 Lifts 2 quad fixed chairlifts, 2 quad express chairlifts, 3 surface conveyor lifts, 1 platter lift On-field ski/snowboard Hire Yes Tuition Snow school, high performance centre Package Deals First timer package, lessons and rental, lift lessons and rental On-field accommodation 15 on-mountain apartments; 2, 3 and 4 bedroom options.