For those who haven’t been to Wanaka, it is in the lower reaches of New Zealand’s south island. It’s a place where people from all over the world gather to ride during the southern-hemi winter.
The early season—late-June to mid-July—is the best time to secure housing and work, while also getting acquainted with the small, but entirely happening town of Wanaka. From unique eateries, shops, and locals, to poppin’ après shred parties, this place has it all.
And in less than an hours drive you can find three snowfields that offer something for all types of sideways sliders. From the precisely manicured features at Snow Park, to the rolling gullies and natural trannies at Cardrona, to the steeps of Treble Cone, there’s no shortage of shredable terrain.
Snow Park NZ Stats:
The Park: Two superpipes, a quarterpipe, jump lines, and 40-plus rails, hits and jumps. And new for 2007 is the “Progression park, built for novice riders.
Location: Pisa Range in the Cardrona Valley.
Elevation: 5019 feet
Size: 148 acres
Snow Guns: 33
Snowmaking Coverage: 100%
Chairlifts: One quad chairlift