With a southern aspect and high elevation, Cardrona ski resort gets a decent dump of snow each year. Ski Cardrona if you're just starting out and it's also pretty good for intermediate and advanced skiers. The on-mountain facilities are pretty great too – 5 eateries, a ski school, equipment rental and a retail shop.
Cardrona's ski area is spread across 3 bowls and much of the 345 hectares of terrain consists of groomed slopes suitable for beginners and intermediates. While there aren’t stacks of experts at Cardrona ski resort, there’s plenty on offer for advanced riders including some steeps in the Arcardia Chutes, some excitement in the Tulips area and much of the Captain's area is an off-piste playground.
Cardrona mountain offers 25 percent beginner terrain, 50 percent intermediate terrain and another 25 percent of terrain for the professionals. The snow season runs from June to October each year with an average annual snowfall of 2.9 metres and, if necessary, some snowmaking to supplement natural snow too. There are 6 lifts plus one tow lift that can handle a capacity of 11,000 people per hour. See the conditions for yourself on their snow cam.
There's very limited accommodation on-mountain so if you want to stay at Cardrona, so you'd better get in fast. There is though, more accommodation close by at Cardrona Valley but most visitors stay at Wanaka or Queenstown. Queenstown is a favourite thanks to its wicked nightlife and its access to sweet adventure activities like bungy jumping. There’s stacks of accommodation here – hostels, hotels, motels, apartments, B&B and lodges. To get to Cardrona, fly into Queenstown or Christchurch then overland to Wanaka.