Cardrona: New Chairlift, Snowmaking and Cafe at Captain's Basin, New Triple Jump in the Advanced Terrain Park!
Cardrona has purchased a high speed detachable quad chairlift for the Captain's Basin. The new Poma chairlift will be ready to ride at the start of the 2008 season.
The Captains Express chairlift’s speed will be two and a half times quicker than the existing quad with a journey only taking 3 ½ minutes versus the existing 9 minutes. Assuming no queue, a person who skied 11 runs at Captains Basin would ski them one hour faster due to faster chairlifts.
Snowmaking is also being expanded into the Captain’s Basin. Eleven new snow guns in addition to the thirteen guns in the Main Basin will supplement Cardrona’s renowned natural snow base. It will give skiers and snowboarders peace of mind for a good start early in the season.
A new expanded pizzeria is also being built in the Captain’s Basin. It will be situated in the same location as the existing pizzeria but will have over double the number of seats (240) and toilets (15).
Three new jumps have been bulit in the advanced terrain park. These jumps are of 11m, 14m and 17m in length, and have been built in a safer “true table” design with little or no “step down”.
These are the first “true table” jumps in New Zealand, and will result in snowboarders and skiers learning tricks more quickly, more safely and more spectacularly due to the confidence they inspire.
Captain's Basin Construction and True Table Jump Pictures