Cardrona's Snow Park is getting a make-over designed to
appeal to amateur drivers who fancy tackling roads caked with
ice and snow.
Packages including driving tuition, on-field accommodation
and food are being advertised for $2249 per person this
The Snow Park was established in 2002 by the Lee family to
cater for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Last year the
family sold it to nearby Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds,
which already offered winter driving facilities to
international car companies and their professional test
General manager Shaun Gilbertson said some amateur drivers -
''general Joe Blow publics'' - had been given the chance to
try their skills on the test tracks at the end of each
car-testing season but now the company was intent on turning
the ice-driving experience into a fully-fledged, all-winter
''What we are going to do now is use the Snow Park as a
designated venue for it.''
The company's website is advertising a ''premium ice-driving
experience'' in Audi cars. It says it is the only such
opportunity available in the southern hemisphere and the only
one in the world during July and August.
''It's just such a unique product and people want to have a
go at it,'' Mr Gilbertson said.
A ''minimal amount'' of earthworks had been required to
flatten a 300m by 50m section of the Snow Park's public car
Drivers will be able to drift around a snow circle or slalom
track and will be timed over an autocross course.
''Instructors will guide you through a range of activities
that will teach you how to get your car sideways, control the
slide, then get your traction and control safely back,'' the
The day of ice-driving ends with a ''hot lap'' with an expert
instructor at the wheel.
The proving ground has retained the Snow Park's skiing
facilities but has restricted their use to corporate groups
and professional ski and snowboard teams.