Cardrona – smarter at 40

By Helen Hayes

Cardrona, New Zealand, Treble Cone


They say life begins at 40, and for Cardrona Alpine Resort, entering its fourth decade in 2020, there is huge news on two fronts.

Say goodbye to PET bottles

Since Christmas, Cardrona has ceased ordering single-use plastic bottles to sell on the mountain. They are the first major tourism operator in New Zealand to do so.

This move means that more than 50,000 PET bottles normally ordered, transported to the mountain and sold during the year, will not be produced. This decision also saves on the shrink wrap normally used for the transportation of large orders of these bottles.

Instead, there will be fresh and carbonated water stations on the mountain, along with aluminium cans that are easy to recycle. This move follows on from the decision to stop using single-use crockery and coffee cups back in 2018.

Cardrona, New Zealand, Treble Cone

Say hello to Cardrona Alpine Resorts – plural!

The ski world in New Zealand and Australia, is thrilled with the news that Cardrona is the new owner of Treble Cone. The purchase was rubber-stamped in December with Cardrona set to take ownership on 27 January, 2020.

The good news is that Cardrona will not try and change the things people love about Treble Cone, with both resorts retaining their own wairua and brand. They actually go together like peas and carrots, with Treble Cone known for its steep terrain and panoramic views and Cardrona boasting incredible terrain parks and a great cross section of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.

So what does it mean price wise? It means that skiers and snowboarders can purchase single and multi-day passes that can be used at both mountains and are available at Cardrona’s already advertised rates for 2020. And Treble Cone season pass holders will pay less for their 2020 pass and will be able to use it for an extra two months thanks to Cardrona’s longer season.

Cardrona, New Zealand, ski holiday, Treble Cone

And then there’s Soho

In 2018 Cardrona announced plans to expand into neighbouring Soho Basin, adding another 500 hectares of skiable terrain. The aim is to building the first chairlift in Soho Basin before winter 2022.

Click HERE for information on ski pricing for 2020.


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