Good and not so good news about Cardrona’s new terrain

Cardrona’s new Pringles chair accessing new advanced terrain scheduled for this winter will be delayed until 2020. However it’s not all bad news. 

As compensation for the delay the resort has extended the resort boundary for 2019 to include upper Secret Bowl, lower Secret Bowl, & the Pringles terrain.

So, what happened? According to the Cardrona announcement today they discovered a number of lizards living in the proposed footprint of both the lift & the exit trail from Pringles towards the bottom of Valley View. This has meant the construction progress has been much slower than Cardrona had hoped.

Upper Secret Bowl will be open throughout Winter 2019, with a new exit track from Secret Bowl back to Captain’s Café. Lower Secret Bowl & Pringles will be gated, & opened by Patrol when snow & weather conditions allow. When these two areas are open, they’ll be fully-patrolled.

Ski Patrol will monitor the Pringles terrain entry gate to limit access to advanced skiers & snowboarders only. If you’re heading down there, bear in mind that the terrain is steep, & to exit you’ll need to walk out over marked, untracked rocky terrain to the bottom of Valley View Quad.

This in-bounds experience will be a great way for those of you wanting to get into backcountry skiing or snowboarding to give it a go in a patrolled area.

In the meantime, Cardrona are still working to get the Pringles Quad operational for Winter 2020. 

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.