Located between Queenstown and Wanaka on New Zealand's South Island, Cardrona has been the launching point for the FIS Freestyle World Cup season since 2012.
While Cardrona may seem to be a relatively modest resort by international standards - with four chairlifts, a vertical drop of 600m, and some 345 hectares of skiable terrain - when it comes to freestyle the mountain turns into a bit of a monster. Boasting four terrain parks, two halfpipes, a ski/board cross course, and a purpose-built 30m big air jump, Cardrona's new school freestyle facilities are truly world-class.
When one factors in the on-site Cardrona High Performance Centre and it's emphasis on intensive freestyle training programmes for athletes from beginner right through to Olympic levels, it's no surprise that the mountain lists top level World Cup names like the Wells brothers (Byron, Jossi, Beau James and Jackson).
Like in 2013 and 2015, this season's first slopestyle and halfpipe World Cup event will take place down under. Both World Cup events are once again part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, the biggest recurring sport event of New Zealand which is meanwhile held biennially.
Winter Games NZ
While the Northern Hemisphere's winter season is coming to an end with the last chances for some spring shredding here and there, the Southern Hemisphere is already preparing for one of the world's top five international winter sports events.
A look ahead at the 2017/18 FIS Ski halfpipe World Cup...
Cardrona Alpine Resort’s 22-foot high Olympic Superpipe provided the stage for a heavy-hitting competition today as the world’s best freeskiers battled for podium spots in the FIS Freeski World Cup final being staged as part of this year’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. Alex Ferreira (USA) was the gold medal winner in the men’s event with Cassie Sharpe (CAN) taking the top spot in the ladies’ competition.
The action at 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ continues as the first FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup of the season is set to take place in Cardrona Alpine Resort with the world’s best riders ready to turn into the home stretch of the 'Road to PyeongChang’.
The world’s best freeskiers were back in action at Cardrona Alpine Resort today for the finals of the World Cup slopestyle on day two of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. James Woods (GBR) claimed the win in the men’s field and Kelly Sildaru (EST) in the women’s.
The first of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ World Cups got underway at Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka today with qualifying rounds of the freeski slopestyle. Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Andri Ragettli (SUI), James Woods (GBR) and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (CAN) were the top qualifiers across the four heats for the 74-strong men’s field, while Kelly Sildaru (EST) was the top qualifier from the 32 female competitors, who competed in one heat.