Cardrona Alpine Resort
Two words for you: Olympic Superpipe. Some of the world’s best riders have trained here over the years, including Torah Bright, Chloe Kim, Scotty James, Kiwi freeskiers Janina Kuzma and Nico Porteous, plus snowboarding’s biggest name – Shaun White. It’s no ordinary halfpipe either, it’s 22 foot walls, make it the same size as the superpipes ridden by the pros in the Winter Olympics and the X-Games.
If you’re not feeling brave enough to try the Superpipe, Cardrona also has a halfpipe with 12 foot walls, located next to the Superpipe. You can get comfortable on the halfpipe while checking out what the pros might be doing on the big boy.
More of an expert ski jumper? Cardrona has you covered with the Cardrona Big Air – a mammoth jump with an 85 foot table, offering up some serious air time. Located above the base area, it’s also excellent for spectators.
Be sure to arrive in time for the Jossi Wells Invitational Big Air spring competition if you want to see some record-breaking tricks. Only an hours drive from Queenstown, it’s an easy day trip to make.