First Superpipe Opens In New Zealand

The Johnny Superpipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort opened last week. The Johnny is the first Superpipe ever in Australasia.

Pipe and park team leader Jon Malcolm-Smith noted that “everyone was 110% stoked about the pipe -- people were running to get up even before the lifts opened. Jon was impressed with how well the pipe was riding after its very first shaping. “I think the pipe is going to prove to be an absolute winner throughout this season, he added.

Current New Zealand halfpipe champions Dylan Butt and Julianne Bray were among the first to hit the pipe. Some of their runs were truly inspirational for the other riders who had gathered. “It’s so smooth! It’s fantastic to ride a pipe like this in New Zealand Dylan commented.

The Superpipe is a much larger halfpipe making a smoother transition to and from vertical. Allowing boarders to ride faster and fly further. Between 12-15,000 cubic meters of snow was used to build the pipe. Enough to cover a rugby ground in 6m of snow.

The pipe will host several key events this year. The first will be the Burton Snowboard Jam and the Vodafone Junior World Snowboard Championships in early September.

Cardrona Alpine Resort is name synonymous with quality, setting the highest standards and leading the way forward among New Zealand ski areas. A high mountain renowned for dry natural snow, it has miles of wide open slopes inspire, steep chutes surprise.

Voted riders choice, snow sculpture takes on new meaning in NZ’s leading Superpark of pipes and terrain features. Halfpipes and now a Superpipe. Freestyle and Slopestyle entertain as you ride the chairlifts.