Cardrona Lessons

Ski lessons at Cardrona

From $150

per person

Learn to ski or snowboard at Cardrona on your NZ ski holiday! We have lessons for all ages & abilities, as well as our High Performance & Adaptive programs. If you want to learn to ski or snowboard in Queenstown or Wanaka, Cardrona is the place to do it!

Adult Ski & Snowboard Lessons

Is it your very first day on skis or a snowboard? The First Timer Package is specifically designed to make your first day on snow a breeze. You get everything packaged up – lessons, lift passes & rental equipment, (ski clothing, goggles & helmet can be added on if you don’t have any gear at all)!

If you’ve been skiing or snowboarding before, thrive in a group environment & want to progress your skills, jump on an Adult Group Lesson. They start at 10.30am each day.

If you learn best 1-on-1, a Private Lesson is more your style! Have your instructor’s undivided attention & learn to ski or snowboard in the best way for you. You can add extra people into your private lesson from $100 each, so long as they’re at a similar ability level to you.

Adult Group Lessons

Sharpen your skills with an Adult Group Lesson at Cardrona! There are a variety of group lesson options to best suit your ability – choose from a single group lesson or a full day of instruction.

Adult Group Lessons 2023 Adult
Full day group lesson (10.30am – 3.45pm)*


Private Lessons
Accelerate your learning with Private Lessons! Learn to snowboard or ski, master the basics or develop new skills in a 1-on-1 environment with Cardrona’s Snow Sports School.

For the best way to learn to ski or snowboard, most flexibility and value for money, you can’t go past a Private Lesson at Cardrona! Maximise your time with 1-on-1 attention from one of our professional, certified Snow Sports School instructors. Learn what you want, when you want.

Because kids and adults learn to ski or snowboard differently, we recommend taking separate lessons – but we can run them at the same time so you all start and end together! Booking at least the evening before your lesson is essential to make sure you get your desired time slot and instructor.

Private Lessons 2023

Full-Day Private Lesson – the ultimate learning experience
Additional person $100

3hr Private Lesson – enough time to learn new skills and practice them
Additional person $100

2hr Private Lesson – a great refresher
Additional person $100

1.5hr Private Lesson – a quick tip session for you to practice
Additional person $100

Please note: you can add additional people to a Private Lesson, but they must be of a similar ability.

Fine Print

lessons are nonrefundable once confirmed.


Novice Zone (green terrain)

  • Ideal for people who want to learn to turn more confidently
  • Will be riding the McDougall’s Chondola to access Cardrona’s extensive network of wide, open green trails
  • Gaining confidence and skills to work towards blue runs


Intermediate Zone (blue runs)

  • Perfect for people who can get around the mountain on green and blue runs
  • Working on parallel turns on skis or edge control on your snowboard
  • A great option to ski and ride with other people at your level!
  • An introduction to different snow conditions and terrain choices


Advanced Zone (red and black runs)

  • Take your skiing and riding to the next level by refining your skills all over the mountain
  • Try something new with confidence, under expert guidance!
  • Explore the mountain both on and off-piste
  • Introduction to Cardrona’s world-famous park facilities is an option at this level

From $150

per person


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