What’s new at Cardrona



An 11,400 cubic metre reservoir will serve 23 guns to provide snow from top to bottom covering the Boulevard area, the learners’ slope and the platter area.

Bite to eat

A $1 million extension to the Captain’s cafe means you won’t miss out on your pizza fix.

On the up

The Cardrona crew have spent $5.9 million on a new Captain’s express chairlift. The lift takes only three-and-a-half minutes from bottom to top – a vast improvement on the nine minutes the old lift used to take.


Eleven new snow guns have been added.

Triple jump

The heavy metal trail has three new jumps – 11m, 14m and 17m long – with little ‘step down’, so they’re safer.


Season: June 27 – Oct 12, 2008
Located: Cardrona Valley road linking Queenstown
and Wanaka
Travel time: 50min drive (50km) from Queenstown
Base elevation:1670m
Highest lift point: 1894m
Lifts: 1 quad fixed chair, 2 quad express chairs, 3 magic learner lifts and a platter beginner lift
Terrain: Beginner 25 per cent Intermediate 55 per cent Advanced 20 per cent
Average snowfall: 2.7m, supplemented with snowmaking
Lift passes: Adult $81, Student $66, Child $40

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