Ready to enjoy an extra 150ha of new terrain? In 2025, we’ll be skiing and snowboarding in Soho Basin! A brand-new 6-seater detachable Doppelmayr chairlift will be installed over the next two summers, ready to open for Winter 2025.
The Soho Basin Express will open up playful terrain, awesome snow, amazing steep stuff, and heaps to explore!
In 2018, Cardrona bought the ski area rights for Soho Basin and committed to developing what would become New Zealand's biggest ski area.
Willow's Quad chairlift opened up 65ha of intermediate and advanced terrain - our first lift on the "back side" of Mt Cardrona. The lift was the upcycled old McDougall's Quad which was replaced by New Zealand's first chondola in 2017.
We're starting work on a high-speed, 6-seater chairlift in Soho Basin this summer, which will open up 150ha of new terrain by Winter 2025.
The plan is for Soho Basin to be open for Winter ’25. We’ll be building and installing the lift over two summers, this year, and Summer '24/25. Other elements of the ski area, like snowmaking facilities, will also be installed by opening day.
We review how we sell lift passes every season to adapt to our guests’ needs. At the moment, we don’t foresee any significant changes to the way we sell passes.
The project is broken into two stages; Stage 1 is building and installing the lift and snowmaking facilities. Stage 2 will involve upgrading our food and beverage outlets throughout the resort to keep your experience at its best.
It sure does! To account for more people enjoying the slopes, Stage 2 of the project will be catering to ensuring our experience remains incredible. This means upgrades to rentals, food and beverage, and our carparks.
Access will be confirmed closer to next winter. As it will be a construction area, health and safety will be assessed before making any decisions.
As kaitiaki of the maunga, it’s our duty to take care of its native residents. Soho Basin has biodiverse flora and fauna that will be prioritised and cared for when building and installing the lift.
Take McDougall’s Chondola and follow the signage, or drop in from behind the top of Captain’s Express. You can also check out the terrain map.
Soho Basin will be awesome for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. If you’re familiar with our terrain already, it will be a lot like Captain’s; fun and playful with both groomed runs and off-piste areas.
You’ll be enjoying 380 vertical metres of descent!
Soho has a south-westerly aspect so throughout winter, the basin gets great snow accumulation. The snow also tends to stick around in the basin for a longer time, making it a great spring skiing destination too!
You'll also be among the first to know about our ski pass sales and be entered into a monthly draw to win a $100 food and drink voucher. T&Cs apply.