Cardrona, 34km from Wanaka, is famous for its dry snow and is popular with families due to its superior childcare and teaching facilities. The terrain is noted for its well-groomed, flattering cruisers. But there are some serious if short chutes, and the middle basin, Arcadia, hosts the New Zealand Extreme Skiing Championships. The total vertical is a modest 390m. Millions have been poured into the resort by its family owners over the past few years, resulting in a large base area focused around an odd clock tower. New lift-served terrain was opened for 2009/10. Cardrona is unique in that it has a 1.2km-long terrain park - the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, with four half-pipes - and right beside it a park for intermediates/beginners.