Chairlift built in Soho ski area

Cardrona Alpine Resort has announced its first move into the Soho ski area with the Willows Quad...
Cardrona Alpine Resort has announced its first move into the Soho ski area with the Willows Quad chairlift. A map of the Soho ski area and the route of the new chairlift.
Capacity challenges experienced by skiers and snow-boarders at Cardrona Alpine Resort last winter are expected to ease this season thanks to a new chairlift in the Soho ski area.

The Willows Quad chairlift is at present under construction at Cardrona Alpine Resort and is expected to be completed in time for the winter season.

The Cardrona/Treble Cone general manager, Bridget Legnavsky, said that the new lift would address some of the resort’s capacity challenges experienced during the busy July school holiday period in 2020.

Valley View Quad will be back in operation in 2021, and with the new Willows Quad also in action, the resort’s uphill lift capacity will be 44% greater than it was in 2020.

"We knew we had to make some significant changes for this winter, and Willows is going to be a great asset for Cardrona in 2021," Ms Legnavsky said.

Cardrona Alpine Resort where the Willow's Basin will open soon. Photo: Supplied
Cardrona Alpine Resort where the Willow's Basin will open soon. Photo: Supplied
Cardrona acquired the ski area rights for Soho in 2018, and the terrain sits on the reverse face of Mt Cardrona, overlooking the Wakatipu Basin and the Southern Alps.

Willows Basin will be the first of several lifts planned for the future, including the main Soho express chairlift which will link the area to the top of Captains Basin.

The Willows Quad is the refurbished former McDougalls Quad, the lift which was originally proposed for the Pringles terrain and abandoned when rare lizards were discovered in the area in early 2020.

"When we made the decision not to continue with the Pringles project, we knew we wanted to use the lift elsewhere on the resort.

"It turned out that it was a perfect fit for the Willows terrain," Ms Legnavsky said.

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