October School Holidays – The Perfect Time for a Family Ski Trip

The October School Holidays are a perfect time for a family ski trip, with the benefits of special lift pass & accommodation deals plus long sunny, days!

When most families are planning their yearly family ski trip to Wanaka or Queenstown, they think of the July school holidays as their only option. What most overlook is the October school holidays, with the benefits of spring skiing that bring smiles to skiers from all over.

Longer Days

With more sunshine hours and the transfer to Daylight Savings, it’s the perfect time to go skiing or snowboarding. In spring, Cardrona is open til 5pm and with more daylight you’ll have plenty of time to ride all day and still have time for family time at the Wanaka or Queenstown skate park, a walk around the lake, a trip on the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown or a visit to one of region’s many playgrounds. 

Uncrowded Slopes

In spring there are shorter queues and better views! With more room on the slopes to teach your kids to ski and snowboard, and more sunny days to give them the best possible opportunity to learn and have fun, your whole family will walk away from a day on the slopes smiling. Even if skiing and snowboarding aren’t your thing, you can still get the perfect family portrait on a sunny spring day at the top of McDougalls chairlift at Cardrona.

Kids' Events

The October school holidays at Cardrona include the Junior Ski and Snowboard Nationals, with kids from across the country and overseas hitting the slopes for a chance at a National title. It’s the pinacle junior event for skiers and snowboarders on the New Zealand winter calendar, focused on fun and progression.

Deals for the Whole Family

Cardrona offers a wide range of spring deals for the whole family, including deals on passes, lessons and programmes. Keep an eye out for spring season and flexi pass deals from September to make the most out of your late season family ski trip to Wanaka!

Staying in Spring = Saving

Everything is cheaper in spring! Domestic flights are much cheaper than in the July school holidays, and most accommodation spots in Wanaka offer discounts for the late ski season. The Cardrona apartments are open for all of the October school holidays, for families who want to stay where they play!

There aren’t many reasons not to spend your October school holidays at Cardrona. With so many things to keep your whole family smiling, you’ll find yourself booking time off for the annual ski trip every spring!

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