Cardrona delay opening by a week due to snow conditions

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Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand was set to open this weekend for skiing and snowboarding, however due to lack of snow the resort has delayed its intended opening by a week.

Temperatures have remained unseasonably warm in the Queenstown and Wanaka regions, making snow making especially difficult and melting the earlier season snow that blanketed the mountains.

However the McDougall’s Chondola will be open on Saturday and Sunday for sight seeing and hiking in the mountains but due to a low snow base there will be no skiing and riding. The resort needs more snow to enable grooming and it is hoped that temperatures will drop in the week ahead to allow snow making to happen.

Cardrona will be closed from Monday to Thursday before officially opening for the ski season on Friday, June 18.

This weekend Cardrona will have Mezz, The Lounge and Vista Bar open for dining and drinking as well as retail for some pre season therapy.

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