Cardrona ski field’s tunnel of fun

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This 35 metre-long snow-covered tunnel is among Cardrona Alpine Resort’s new features to be launched on opening day tomorrow. 

The tunnel, connecting Captains Basin to the bottom of the Whitestar Express, is part of the $3 million Valley View development which opens up more terrain on the lower mountain. 

“It’s absolutely massive, you can even drive a Cat [groomer] all the way through it,” marketing boss Nadia Ellis says. 

“There are lights inside and it’s even going to be complete with animal sounds, lasers, and other sounds effects so when the kids go through they’ll absolutely love it.” 

Also part of the Valley View development is the new FIS-certified Gold Rush downhill course. This won’t open till more natural snow arrives – snow guns won’t be installed in the area till next year. 

The old Captains quad, which was replaced by the Captains Express last year, has come out of storage and its relocation to Valley View will open up more terrain. 

The ski area boundary has increased from 320ha to 345ha and the vertical drop has grown from 390 metres to 600m. 

With a base of 35cm on the lower mountain and 70cm on the upper mountain, Cardrona opens tomorrow at 9am. 

Wanaka’s Treble Cone opens today, hyping a massive new Air Bag for amateurs to have a crack at some big leaps without fear of a botched landing. The Cardrona Valley’s Snow Farm is already open and Snow Park opens on Saturday.