Reminiscing the Radness @ Cardrona – New Zealand

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Ever wonder what you’ll find skiing a day at Cardrona?


Cardrona, New Zealand – August 16th, 2016



As my family begins to pack for this year’s New Zealand adventure, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to catch up on some long form blogs in the present day of insta-EVERYTHING.  If interested, you can find another Cardrona report from 2013 by clicking the link.

During a visit in mid-August of 2016, a father and son team had the opportunity to explore the fine terrain at Cardrona ski field. Even with pesky clouds blocking out the sun for the first half of the day, this team was able to enjoy wintery snow in varied terrain.

Whether in the Tulips zone of Captain’s Basin, the fine steeps of the Arcadia Chutes, impeccably groomed piste runs and perfectly manicured terrain parks, there are plenty of options for the seasoned skier.

We began the day cruising the piste runs off Captain’s and Valley View lifts respectively while waiting for the clouds to clear. Off the Captains Chair, we picked our way down various lines through the Tulips zone until our pizza and L&P filled lunch.

When the sun finally illuminated the mountain, leg burning laps down plentiful options in the Arcadia zone satisfied our itch. And finally, there is no better way to end a day at Cardrona then a little apres ski at the Cardrona Hotel. Enjoying mulled wine, hot chips and piping hot cocoa is pretty much the perfect way to end a ski day.

A proper ski day in New Zealand always begins with Kiwi style Hot Cocoa…

Warms the heart and legs…

The anticipation increases as we head to the carpark…

Stay Left…

Cardrona is happy to send you in the air…

Plenty of terrain features – Cardona, NZ

It finally time to drop into the first run…

Contemplating your line – Cardrona, NZ

The Tulips zone has some fun natural features…

Tulips zone – Cardona, NZ

The Southern facing slopes in here keep the snow nice a chalky…

Hmmmm…where should I turn?

Perfect area if you have that technical itch…

Skiing is fun…AM I RIGHT?

Or if you enjoy aggressive alpine skiing…

When in doubt, jump for joy…

Even the 8 year old was having a blast!

Holden getting in his August turns…

Dad found some carvetastic snow on Creekside…

Valley View goods – Cardrona, NZ

Did I mention the VIEWS?

Southern Alps, New Zealand

An unknown skier carves up Powder Keg…

Let them rail – Cardrona, NZ

Headed up Captain’s…so we can ski back down…obviously.

Captain’s Express – Cardrona, NZ

The boy finds some decent off-piste fun in Tulips…

Holden in the moment…

Dad finds the straightline…

Best to crank the DIN…

Its now time to explore the Arcadia Chutes…

The skies have turned BLUE…

The little man finds some of the best snow of the day…

Holden in Arcadia – Cardrona, NZ

Traverse views looking toward Wanaka…

Cardrona, New Zeland

The father and son team continue through the zone…

Arcadia Chutes – Cardrona

Dad searches for some spicy lines…

Steep stuff and slough…

But also finds some stellar snow…

Chalky goodness at Cardrona…

Our buddy Reese finds a pocket of fun in the Southern Hemisphere…

Reese enjoying a post coffee lap…

The grom finds a pocket of pow before traversing back to the lift…

Steep skiing, 8 year old style…

Dad enjoys some protected terrain for the last run of the day…

Nooks & crannies at Cardrona, NZ

Oh yeah, there’s also some rather spectacular views from the summit…

Cardrona, NZ scenery is on point…

Time to head back down the access road after a day on the slopes…

Cardona Valley and Wanaka in the distance…

Mandatory Apres Ski at the Cardrona Hotel…

Cardrona Hotel, NZ

The vibe is strong here…

International notes and smell of strong coffee fills the air…

Let the kids run while the parents enjoy some mulled wine…

Time to chill…

Oh boy, I think we can handle this…

Cardrona Hotel apres ski is the perfect pre-dinner stop…

Insert token New Zealand sheep shot here…

Afternoon sheep stroll – Cardrona Valley, New Zealand

See you soon Cardrona!


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