Cardrona, NZ Conditions Report + Banked Slalom Results:

Marian Krogh |
Sunny and firm in the morning in Arcadia

The weather today at Cardrona was quite variable, firm in the morning, then sunny and soft, then foggy, then sunny again. When the visibility was good the skiing was great, perfect spring hero snow.

Cardrona hosted their first Banked Slalom today and the turn out was awesome. There were more than 100 riders participated in a relatively flat but still very technical course. The overall winner was Deni Bevan from Queenstown who was actually entered in the masters division, proving that age is no barrier. Full results are available here.

banked slalom start
A bit foggy for some of the banked slalom today

The snow in Arcadia Chutes was really nice today, soft but not slushy. The entrances are getting quite thin now and some creative rock hopping is required to get to a lot of the lines. If you care about your skis you should probably stay away but if you don’t mind a few rocks the snow is great.

Chutes entrance
Midday fog and sketchy entrance into the chutes

The two pipes are now open daily from 7.30am and will close whenever it’s deemed too soft. They are groomed to perfection every afternoon and have remained in really good shape.

The half pipes being groomed in the afternoon

Captain’s basin is also getting a bit sharky here and there with a bit of melting lately. The snow over in Tulips though stays out of the sun and skis well all day. Secret Chute is still skiable but again requires some creativity to get in.

Looking up towards Tulips from Captain’s cafe

The off-piste down to valley view has been awesome. Outer limits has some super fun slushy bumps, as does Prospector. The Falcon cliffs are still open but probably not actually skiable. Tailrace has been watered by race crews lately and remains extremely firm even in the afternoons, it’s best to be avoided.

Awesome soft bumps down at Valley View

The forecast around here seems to be changing on an hourly basis at the moment, for now there is supposed to be snow overnight tonight!


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