Cardrona Alpine Resort is starting the 2001 winter season with a NZ$150K+ investment in electronic ticketing. The new hi-tech system, the most advanced in New Zealand, will allow the ski field to monitor its customer trends and respond directly to consumer needs.Following the success of its Wonder Park 2000, Cardona is launching a 800+m-long Terrain Trail. It will run parallel to the double chair but will be separate from the main runs down so the riders and skiers can get lots of air without having to worry about other mountain users. A staircase design will create well-spaced features, fun boxes and rails as well as dedicated landing zones for maximum thrills and safety. The Terrain Trail is the latest addition to Cardrona’s ski and snowboarding features that also include four pipes.Cardrona will be hosting both the New Zealand Snowboard Nationals and the New Zealand Alpine Skiing Nationals, the first time that one resort has held both events. The Snowboard Nationals will take place from 6th – 9th September with the Skiing Nationals following on 11th – 13th September ensuring a week of world-class action at Cardrona.Queenstown visitors will find the journey to Cardrona even easier this winter. The entire Crown Range Road will be sealed with road barriers in place, cutting total journey time.Cardrona’s opening dates for 2001 are 23rd June – 7th October. Daily lift pass prices are NZ$60 per adult, NZ$50 per student and NZ$30 per child.