Cardrona opens for season

17:00, Jun 20 2014
Cardrona
FIRST UP: Cardrona Groms Team members Campbell and Finley Melville-Ives, 7-year-old twins from Wanaka, catch the first chairlift of the snow season with parents Karen and Neil for the third year running at Cardrona Alpine Resort yesterday morning.

Eager skiers and snowboarders kicked off the snow season in Wanaka yesterday morning under a bluebird sky at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Resort sales and marketing manager Nadia Ellis said hoped about 500 people would descend on the mountain yesterday.

"There is something quite special about opening day," she said.

Ellis said it was disappointing that snow forecast for this week did not eventuate but it was fantastic to have the skifield open.

"It was so touch and go earlier in the week . . .

" If it had've been 2 degrees lower during the recent rainstorm it would have fallen as snow," she said.

The snowmaking team worked hard, which allowed the resort to open the McDougall's Quad chairlift and learner and kindy conveyors.

The resort will offer half-price ski passes until additional terrain and chairlifts on the field open.

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