Police plan to take a closer look at traffic issues on the
Crown Range Rd at the turnoff to the Cardrona Alpine Resort
On Monday morning, a stationary queue of traffic filled the
southbound lane for several hundred metres after the resort
closed its gates.
With 5000 skiers on the slopes, the skifield was full and
some skiers were turned away.
Part of the problem was that Wanaka's other skifield, Treble
Cone, was closed on Monday because of a lack of snow.
Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said
he suspected the traffic problem was the result of a ''unique
set of circumstances'', with Treble Cone being closed during
the school holidays.
''What we will do is, we will work with the skifield and have
a look at just how to prevent that sort of thing happening
Treble Cone was open yesterday and Snr Sgt Grindell said
there had been a repeat of the traffic problem.
Cardrona marketing manager Nadia Ellis said the traffic issue
had been the result of a ''perfect storm'' of school
holidays, fresh snow, blue skies and Treble Cone being
She did not expect the same combination of factors to occur
again any time soon.