Resort Report: Snow Park NZ

For several years I’ve had an editor’s note pinned above my desk. That editor’s note, written by Kurt Hoy, describes the pure and simple desire for endless winter and what it entails. As last winter came to a close, I wasn’t ready to be done, so I decided I’d find the endless winter for myself and Wanaka, New Zealand is where I went looking.

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