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Snowmaking Success Story: Cardrona, New Zealand

Cardrona Alpine Resort is located between Queenstown and Wanaka in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. As one of New Zealand’s premium ski areas, consistent snow cover is essential when Mother Nature does not provide.

Cardrona has expanded their snowmaking capacity significantly during the past few seasons, recently adding 22 Puma fan guns to the existing fleet of 32 Super PoleCats. SMI has worked provided a fully automated snowmaking system covering 21 hectares (53 acres) of trails and 60 new vault locations.

"SMI equipment has the horsepower to produce bulk amounts of snow during marginal conditions and can be throttled back for a high quality finish on top." – Gary Husband, Ski Area Manager

PoleCats at Cardrona
Snowmaking at Fujimi Panorama

The system consists of 24 fixed position fan guns and 30 mobile carriage guns, maximizing capacity on main trails while giving flexibility to move machines as the winter season progresses. Cardrona’s investment in snowmaking has paid off: with limited natural snowfall for the second consecutive year in a row, Cardrona trails have opened on time thanks to unitizing every available opportunity for snowmaking despite the marginal temperatures and windy conditions.

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