Athletes and Teams
Snow Farm is a great place to get in some off-season training in real winter conditions. Our season starts in late June and ends in late September. We have over 55 km of trails that we take in pride in grooming as often as the conditions allow. The early season typically starts with fewer trails and as the snow continues to fall the amount of available skiing grows with most trials open by mid-July.
Snow Farm has become host to many national and regional teams and Paralympic teams utilising the Snow Farm winter conditions to log in some long hours on the trail network. We also host events, with the pinnacle of the seasons being at the end of August with the Merino Muster World Loppet race and in early September the Winter Games.
The Snow Farm is open every day from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, we do, by request allow teams to train after 4:00 pm but this must be arranged with management to ensure your safety. The Snow Farm Lodge has a gym on site at the trailhead, however, this is predominantly reserved for guests, but by prior arrangement is capacity allows they may make it available for you to use. This is solely at their discretion and outside of the control of Snow Farm management.
There is accommodation at the trailhead staying in the Snow Farm Lodge (www.snowfarmlodge.co.nz), but this accommodation is limited, so you need to book well before the winter if you want to get a spot in the ensuite or shared facility rooms. The nearby village of Cardrona is a short 20-minute drive, and the town of Wanaka is only a 40-minute drive. Both of these places are below the snow line, so there is ample opportunity for many other adventures and activities.
They are both resort towns and we recommend contacting the local hotels directly to inquire about long term stays for teams, some are familiar with teams visiting for alpine training and may be able to provide you with special rates. Airbnb has also proved popular in recent times as is contacting the local accommodation providers who rent homes for long term stays.
We do have backcountry huts for accommodation. However, these do not have running water or mains power and are not suitable for long term stays.
The Snow Farm has a 10 lane biathlon range located on its trails near the trailhead. The range is owned and operated by the Wanaka Biathlon Club and they must be contacted to arrange for you or your team to use the range during your stay.