New Zealand Snowboard Association Resort of the Year, Cardrona Alpine Resort, is further extending its opportunities for snowboarders with the expansion of its innovative New Zealand Snowboard Camps (NZSC).

Running weekly from 21 July to 18 September, these four-day long camps provide boarders with intensive instruction in all aspects of freestyle riding. Qualified instructors guide groups of up to six campers through the technicalities of grabs, 360s and McTwists in Cardrona’s Rookie pipe, reserved for NZSC’s exclusive use. With its superpipe transition, the Rookie is ideal for all levels of boarder and for improving pipe-riding skills. Campers also have the opportunity of learning to ride rails, tabletops, hips and fun boxes in the 900m long Superpark.

“You only have to look at the number of people lining the halfpipes and riding the terrain park to see just how popular this aspect of the sport is,” said Nigel Kerr, marketing manager. “We developed the New Zealand Snowboard Camps because there was a demand from boarders who wanted to move to the next level in freestyle riding. With NZSC they can learn in a designated pipe that is closed to the public so numbers are limited, giving them maximum opportunity to extend their skills. In the terrain park coaching from the instructors ensures they not only get big air, but they can also land it safely!”

The allocation of a set pipe to NZSC also means other riders on the mountain have full access to the remaining three pipes since all training programmes are done through the NZSC.

Each camp runs from Monday through to Thursday and includes five hours of on-snow coaching a day, a minimum of three of which are spent in the half pipe. Campers are grouped with other riders of a similar level and benefit from video analysis twice during the camp. The cost is $360 per camper excluding lift pass.

Cardrona Alpine Resort opens on 21 June with an anticipated closing date of 5 October 2003.