LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (26 June) – Cardrona Alpine Resort opened its gates
to thousands of skiers and snowboarders today keen to enjoy the ideal snow
and weather conditions, a superb start to the 2009 ski season.

Snow sports enthusiasts started queuing well before for the first lift at
9.00am this morning and with over a metre of snow on groomed trails and
pristine snow conditions there were fresh tracks for many. The clear blue
skies and sunshine complimented the ideal conditions.

The first on the chair lift were rewarded with a bottle of bubbles as they
launched through the official opening banner.

³There were plenty of happy people up here today,² said sales and marketing
manager Nadia Ellis. ³Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces as
everyone enjoyed a fantastic opening day. We couldn¹t have asked for a
better start to the 2009 season.²

For further information, snow reports and web cams, visit www.cardrona.com