Skiing might not be the first
activity you think of when you think of things to do in New Zealand, but
Cardrona Park may change your perspective. Their variety of terrain parks,
pipes, and other facilities welcome skiers of any experience level to enjoy the
sport of skiing. With some of the best ski facilities in the southern
hemisphere, Cardrona Park is sure to bring you the skiing spirit.
When it comes to terrain
parks, Cardrona has plenty of terrain park options to offer. Their four terrain
parks start with a park perfect for beginners and get increasingly difficult
for the more seasoned skier. The clever names of the parks all carry deer-related
names, starting with the Lil’ Bucks Park. Lil’ Bucks Park is the ideal place to
try out freestyle skiing and get acquainted with some jumps and jibs for the
first time. Once you graduate from Lil’ Bucks, the next place to continue
progressing with your skills is Antlers Alley. This medium-sized park features
three jumps and two-to-four jibs for a smooth freestyle. Next up is Stage Lane.
Skiers looking to speed up their run will find Stag Lane the ideal place to
execute quick successions of a variety of rails, boxes, and wall rides. Finally,
advanced skiers can put their skills to the test at Big Bucks Park. The
extra-large park with a variety of jumps and jibs is high quality and highly
challenging. Cardrona features videos alongside descriptions of each of the
parks to get a sense of the layout which is helpful for choosing the right
starting place for your skill level. Beginner and advanced skiers alike can
develop their confidence and their skills at any and all of the Cardrona
If you’re wanting to check
out the park for yourself without moving from your couch and taking a flight to
New Zealand, Cardrona has some live webcams of their current park
conditions. You can also peruse their YouTube page for tips and tricks and cool videos of what
it’s like to ski throughout the park. Plus, if you want to be further immersed
into the ski culture of Cardrona you can visit their Content Hub page. Featuring articles, event schedules, and
more pictures and videos, Cardrona provides a one-stop hub to learn more about
their ski culture.
If you haven’t already
changed your mind about skiing in New Zealand, hopefully all that Cardrona Park
has to offer has convinced you otherwise!
Monarch Mountain Terrain Park
is the perfect place to test the waters, or in this case the slopes, or build
on previous ski experience. The terrain parks offer plenty of boxes, rails,
hips, and hits to help both the beginner and advanced skier find something up
their pipe. With a less chaotic vibe then some other bustling ski resorts and
terrain parks, Monarch Mountain is a very approachable park with fewer crowds
and a perfect environment to work on your skiing skills and have an enjoyable
time. Here are some of the main highlights of Monarch Mountain that make it a
great terrain park.
Fun for All:
Monarch has options for
skiers with any experience levels by offering two different terrain parks. Beginners looking to
practice their tricks or learn some new ones can do so at the Tilt Terrain
Park. This park features lower jumps and smooth approaches to the various trick
options to help beginner skiers build a strong foundation and more confidence
to work up towards bigger, more skilled terrains. In addition to having a
terrain park suitable for new and learning skiers, Monarch Mountain also has a
terrain park option for the more advanced skier. The Never Summer Terrain Park
is the place you want to be for those looking for some higher jumps, more
advanced tricks, and a chance to test your skills. Let the ski lift drop you
off, and let the fun begin!
Don’t have snow gear but
still want to get in on the fun? One of the great parts about Monarch Mountain
is that you can rent any equipment you may need to hit the terrain parks or
their other slope options. They recommend booking ahead to save the hassle of same-day
rentals. Monarch offers convenient rental sets to get you ready in no time to put skis to
snow. Those planning on using the rental service should call or book online in
advance of their visit.
Overall, Monarch Mountain
provides a safe and positive environment to explore the terrain parks. Whether
a beginner or a pro, everyone is welcome to hit the slopes and have a splendid
time. The staff at Monarch are committed to getting you on your feet and are
ready to help the moment you need it. Check out all that Monarch Mountain has
to offer the next time you want to get out and ski.
With all of the resorts fully open and a weekend full of snow forecast for much of the Wasatch Front, the ski season is seemingly, finally in full force. The skate park near the house has been empty for weeks. The backcountry skiers have already gotten their first taste and then some. We’ve got plans for our first sizable shredding excursion with friends this weekend—yes, it’s going to be crazy busy most places—but then it’s back home for Christmas. Which doesn’t bother me at all. I rather like it that way. The holiday week provides the time for the throngs of visitors to have their fun on the slopes, before heading back out of town. I’d rather find my time on random (most?!?) weekends throughout the winter than have to feel like I’m putting all my eggs in one basket.
But then I feel extraordinarily blessed to live so close to what I consider world-class ski slopes—not to mention terrain parks. It’s all part of the “nifty and zippy” experience, as it were. Locals and out-of-towners alike love how close Salt Lake City is to the ski resorts along the Wasatch Front, but locals find it easier to justify a season pass and to find offline lift ticket deals for that matter. With this in mind, if you’re looking for vacation packages and discount ski trips, here are a few resources we recommend:
- Ski Resort Company Passes: The ski industry has consolidated a lot over the last few years and is now dominated by just a few companies. This change has been felt in Utah as much as anywhere. If you have a full-access Epic Pass as part of your local ski season pass, you’ll be able to visit Park City Mountain Resort with your lift ticket already in hand. The Ikon Pass is even sweeter and can get you access to pretty much all the other major resorts including Deer Valley, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, and Alta.
- Discount Lift Tickets: A lot of people don’t have this type of multi-resort access pass. If you don’t know anything else about skiing and snowboarding, know this. You should never pay the window rate, which is by definition inflated for people who are only willing to ski in fresh powder but who are unwilling to pay a season pass. Even if you’re only a week or two away from your trip—in some cases even the day before—there are websites out there who can help you find easy but significant lift ticket deals in Utah.
- Travel and Lodging: There are countless ski resort transportation options based on your budget and appetite for convenience. These need to be chosen in tandem with your preferred lodging option. Would you prefer to pay a premium for on-resort lodging, a smaller premium for lodging in Park City and other mountain towns dotting the landscape around the resorts, or would you prefer to save some money by staying in the Salt Lake Valley and then taking our tour of the four major resorts during a week-long ski trip in which you go up a few different of the Wasatch Valley’s famous canyons and ski areas? Your answer will largely determine what mode of transportation pairs best with your choice of lodging.
Greetings from NZ Terrain Park Guide
It’s not just cheap thrills and visually-striking slopes of downhill skiing. It’s great, too, just to have a terrain where you can play around and experiment, laugh with friends, see what you can do that you’ve never done before, and beat back the freezing temperatures with the easy determination to have fun in the snow. We’re going to try to check in with updates throughout the year and maybe post some photos if we get the chance, though we usually leave our phones back at the lodge. Mostly, I wish we had been able to update this Terrain Park Guide more this off-season. For now, celebrate and rejoice—and make your plans, one way or another, for the 2019 ski and snowboard season.
Increasingly, park designers are looking for new, innovative ways to attract skiers and riders. If you’ve visited a freestyle park in the past couple of years, you’ve likely experienced one of the more recent trends in park innovation. As it turns out, providing skiable junk—and a lot of it—is a great way to encourage creativity on the slopes. Who’da thunk.
In this case, junk includes everything from cement mixers and propane tanks to broken gondola chairs and tractor tires. Assorted other throw-away items are given a second life as an interesting feature in terrain parks around the country. The national trend is adding new meaning to the term ‘recycling,’ providing a home for items that would otherwise sit in landfills.
The items themselves, however, also add some pretty cool features for riders and freestyle skiers to experiment with. This form of skiing and snowboarding is inherently creative—that’s the foundation of the sport. The recycled features simply add to that creativity. It’s new, it’s fun, and it’s making athletes rethink the ways they travel from Point A to Point B.
The junkyard approach to park development appears to be appreciated by terrain park regulars. Old snowmaking pipes, tower tubes, and wrecking balls add to parks and provide new, cool elements at little cost to the resort. Additionally, the recycled elements add a level of aesthetic to the parks, making them feel more like skate parks than ski resorts.
This trend isn’t new, but it appears to be catching the attention of big-name resorts around the country. These features are available at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood, to name a few.
When inexperienced skiers and boarders look down into a freestyle park, they’re hit with the acknowledgement of park stigma. The jumps are huge. The park is daunting. This isn’t a place for beginners to experiment. This terrain was featured in the X Games, right? While most of us might get stuck in our heads, there are a few ways to approach new parks and hit features you’ve never tried. Freestyle parks are some of the most exciting parts of a ski resort, and nailing tricks can be incredibly rewarding. If you’re hesitating to try a park’s features, here are a few steps to get you going.
- Work your way up. If you’ve never hit a 10-footer, start smaller. Most resorts will have a variety of parks or features designed for most skill levels. Master the jumps in your wheelhouse, then move on when you’re comfortable. If you’ve never caught air before, try fashioning your own tiny jump at the end of a decline, or check the edges of a trail for opportunities for small jumps.
- Watch others. This is the best way to approach new and unfamiliar features. Watch other skiers and snowboarders hit them. This can show you the appropriate speed you’ll need to ace the feature, and it will also help you figure out the best way to approach the jumps.
- Check your speed. Speed checking is a great way to first approach a jump. Go into the feature as though you are going to hit it, but stop at the top or cut out just in front of the jump. This will allow you to grow comfortable with the approach, and you’ll be able to better estimate how fast you’ll need to go into the jump to succeed.
- Have confidence. Just because a jump or feature is unfamiliar doesn’t mean you’re not going to ace it! Approach a feature as you would something you’re comfortable doing. You’ve already mastered smaller alternatives—this is just the next step. Plus, what’s the worst that could happen?