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 three 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, and Beau James), and ladies' up-and-comer Rose Battersby on its team list.
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.
The world’s best freeskiers will be on hand at Cardrona Alpine Resort this weekend to compete in the fifth edition of the Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand. With over 150 athletes ready to showcase their skills on one of the top halfpipes and slopestyle course set-ups, the competition are set to kick off another exciting FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season including highly anticipated PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Game.
With the first slopestyle World Cup of the new 2017/2018 season kicking off this weekend in Cardrona Alpine Resort (NZL) here's is a quick look at the building process of one of the coolest looking courses on the entire tour.