Cardrona – naturally better
Cardrona Alpine ResortCardrona Alpline Resort is a winter wonderland where all standard of snowboarders and skiers can frolic in the naturally beautiful surrounds. Snow bunnies new to boarding and skiing will love the gentle slopes at Cardrona, with 80% of the resort being classed as beginner or intermediate runs. A wide mountain face lets beginners learn the ropes without much fear of being mowed down by impatient pro-skiers. And with some of the best instructors on earth, you?ll be on your feet and on your way in no time.
If you are just starting out, you can hire everything you need from the rental facility at Cardrona. And, for the fashion conscious amongst you, you?re assured of looking the part in the latest gear, as the good folk at Cardrona renew half their hire gear every year to ensure it?s fully functioning and up-to-date.
Snowboarders will particularly love the four half pipes and massive terrain trail ? and Cardrona is a magnet for some of the hottest snowboarders the world over ? and we?re not just talking about their ability?
Ski School for Kids
Cardrona is also a favourite for families who love the fully licensed childcare facilities and integrated ski school for kids. Kids as young as three months can be cared for in the creche, while older kids are introduced to snow-confidence building activities through group lessons. Mum and Dad can keep an eye on their offspring from the window above the Kid?s Corral. But more often than not, they are enjoying the mountain themselves and are more than happy to leave the kids to the more than capable hands of the professional and friendly Cardrona staff.
The Noodle Bar
After a day of carving it up on the mountain, (or falling A over T, as the case may be) rest and refuel in Cardona?s newest drawcard ? the Noodle Bar. Located on the top floor of the resort?s newest building, the Noodle Bar offers excellent views across the snowfields. And for around NZ$12 you can eat your fill of freshly wokked noodles – choose from the menu of tried and tested combinations, or go wild and crazy and make your own selection of fresh veggies, meats, sauces and noodle types. Yum!
Wanaka is on New Zealand?s South Island and is 436kms from Christchurch.
Cardrona Alpine Resort is 35 minutes by car from Wanaka (34kms) and 60 minutes from Queenstown (58kms). Shuttle services also operate from both town centres.
Ski season draws to a close on 5 October, where locals have been known to ski nude down the mountains. Not to be missed.
For more info on Wanaka see www.skilakewanaka.com