Cardrona Alpine resort, a friendly and relaxed winter resort, is located between Wanaka and Queenstown on the Southern Island of New Zealand.
Families and pros alike find the perfect terrain for their turns, tricks and jumps as Cardrona offers not only fine groomed slopes but also a fun park including big air and triple jumps as well as several jumps.
In addition, a monster pipe of the Olympic size attracts the most of the pros to train down under when in the Northern hemisphere everyone tries to relax on the beach working for the perfect summer taint, especially as a brand new lift was introduced mid of August 2011.
No wonder, that the Cardrona Alpine resort is once again the host of the Snowboard FIS World Cup season's kick off. It's the ninth time, that Cardrona opens the new winter season.
Like in 2013 and 2015, this winter'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.
|2007||Manuela Pesko (SUI)||Ryo Aono (JPN)||HP|
|2008||Shiho Nakashima (JPN)||Kohhei Kudoh (JPN)||HP|
|2009||Jiayo Liu (CHN)||Shaun White (USA)||HP|
|2011||Xuetong Cai (CHN)||Janne Korpi (FIN)||HP|
|2012||Kelly Clark (USA)||Ryo Aono (JPN)||HP|
|2013||Jamie Anderson (USA)||cancelled||SBS|
|2013||Kelly Clark (USA)||Ayumu Hirano (JPN)||HP|
|2015||Jamie Anderson (USA)||Chris Corning (USA)||SBX|
|2015||Xuetong Cai (CHN)||Raibu Katayama (JPN)||HP|
|2017||Jamie Anderson (USA)||Marcus Kleveland (NOR)||SBS|
|2017||Chloe Kim (USA)||Yuto Totsuka (JPN)||HP|
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.
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.
The finals of the Snowboard Halfpipe provided an exciting finish to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ World Cup schedule at Cardrona Alpine Resort today
Japanese and US riders led their qualification heats in the 2017-18 season's first Halfpipe World Cup event staged Down Under
Injury forces snowboard superstar Shaun White out of season's first halfpipe World Cup competition
Jamie Anderson (USA) and Marcus Kleveland (NOR) have prevailed in the Slopestyle World Cup opener which took place down under as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ staged in Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort, New Zealand this Monday
US team athletes have dominated the season's first slopestyle qualifiers of the 2018 Olympic winter