Less than an hour’s drive from Queenstown in the Crown ranges, you’ll find Cardrona Alpine Resort. It’s our personal favourite ski-field in the area (and not only because they serve the best mulled wine and Mocha coffees)!
With plenty of fresh snow in the day’s leading up we arrived at 9.30am to the top car park already full and were summoned to the second car park. Given we had our entourage of children with us we headed straight to the drop off area at the top where we unloaded with ease and I made my way to the day care centre to drop them off. Our two smallest kids were in the Cardrona Ski Kindy for the day, which is a fully licensed early childhood education centre catering for children aged from three-months to five-years of age. We were greeted with many friendly smiles from the team in there and it looked like chaos had already ensued with many little people very happily busying themselves into play. The atmosphere in there was busy but relaxed and well-organised.
On arrival we were assigned a locker for their bags and had to fill out an 'All About Me' form to inform the team of vital information relating to their care. I was then introduced to the carer in charge of them for the day, and she went through the information again with me on how she can ensure they have a good day, including nap time routines etc. When I turned around to say goodbye to them they’d already made themselves at home surrounded with toys and not at all concerned about my departure.
I then took the five year old upstairs where the ‘big kids’ belong. She spent the day at the Snow Sports School which offers group lessons for kids aged five to 14. She had two two-hour lessons and in-between was fed nice, healthy hot food, watched a movie and did some art & craft. Lucky for her, there weren’t many kids booked in to the afternoon session so she had a one:one lesson which was so beneficial. Her instructor was brilliant, making sure that she continued to laugh her way down the mountain even though her little legs were getting tired. This winter Cardrona have added to their beginner facilities, making it the perfect place for your kids to learn to ski or snowboard. Our girl loved the new space-age, see-through Learner Conveyor tunnel!