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Ski lift passes

Adelaide, Australia
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Ski lift passes


Does anyone know whether you should pay for lift passes before you arrive in snow at Cardrona, NZ?

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for South Island, Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand, Tonga
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1. Re: Ski lift passes

im not a skier by choice, but this site may help you https://www.cardrona.com/winter/passes-rentals/


Greenville, North...
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2. Re: Ski lift passes

I'm here with the same question, I see that you can book in advance, but we prefer to show up and decide which days we want to skii, based on weather. We have 6 nights in Wanaka, and hope to skii 2 full days. But, we would hate to find the resort sold out. Does anyone know if you can get same day lift passes in July? Thanks.

Arrowtown, New...
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3. Re: Ski lift passes

Last season Cardrona brought in a daily limit of people on the mountain. Their plan was that this would mean a better experience for all - without overcrowding the slopes - and I guess by encouraging pre-booking they'd be able to prepare and have an idea of how busy they would be.

From memory - there were mixed reports on how well it actually worked... ... hopefully more settled this season!!

So, whether to prebook now or on arrival - consider the dates that you are looking at. Are they during Aussie/ NZ school holidays??? Weekends? These are times that 'piste space' will be at a premium. Midweek - no school holidays - and no other big events (Pride week/ X-games etc) will obviously be less likely to 'sell out' quickly...

Greenville, North...
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4. Re: Ski lift passes

Good to know! We are arriving from Mt Cook July 14 and leaving for Ta Anu July 19. I guess I can check the weather before we arrive and book then. Thanks again!

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