• 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.

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