Freddie Wilkinson, UK
"Training at Cardrona Instructor Training Centre was better than I could ever have imagined. Working with some of the best Trainers in the world had dramatic effects on my skiing. With their guidance I passed both my NZSIA Level One and Two ski instructors qualifications. Coming up the hill everyday, I knew I was in for a fun, challenging and exciting day on the slopes.
The Trainers at Cardrona have a passion for skiing and a passion for you to become the best skier you can be. Now back in the UK, I have a new found confidence in everything I do and aim to start ski instructing as soon as I complete my university degree."
Adam Gorrill, UK
"Having arrived on the course with slight apprehension of what to expect out of the 10 week course (was I fit enough, was my riding strong enough, was I still able to learn at my age?) I was greeted my warm and welcoming Trainers with big smiles to boot.
Once up on the hill my riding was deconstructed and rebuilt from the ground up, with the technical understanding of how and why the board performed as it did, how the conditions affected the board and it's movements and what your body should be doing to maximise the strengths of riding. This was also true with the teaching; understanding even the basics of why and how a person learns set me up to become a considerate and patient teacher with the knowledge and skill base to deal with most situations - and this is all purely down to the amazing crew up at Cardies. They take you from whatever walk of life and, not only build you into an incredible, strong and able instructing machine, but they send you off at the end of it with a few life lessons too. They are genuinely understanding, adaptable and welcoming of all people which makes the whole environment one you don't want to leave behind.
Being up at Cardrona, teaching with the crew there and being surrounded by such a friendly, inviting and skilled set of individuals is up there as one of my all time favourite times of my life."
Vicki Wise, Europe
"Having taking the opportunity to leave my 'real-life job' and change careers I chose to start my snowboarding career with the ITC at Cardrona, and what an excellent choice it was. It was an honour to train with some of the best Trainers around, I learnt so much and my riding was totally transformed. The Trainers helped not only with the riding but also answered numerous questions about the whole industry and working as an instructor.
I have been teaching for two companies in Europe this winter and plan to come back to NZ, and hopefully Cardrona because it's such an amazing place. Last summer was by far the best I've ever had and I can't recommend the ITC enough - they're fantastic guys!"
Griogair Reid Stewart, Canada
"A BIG thank you to all of the Trainers at Cardrona ITC. The instruction was first class, with excellent help and advice both on and off slope. I am delighted to have gained my qualifications and, most of all, I am delighted with the improvement of my own skiing. Years old flaws in my technique were cured early in the programme meaning my eventual progress was far greater than I ever hoped. Small groups, hugely experienced instructors, and the hill's facilities and great atmosphere made this the best place to learn to instruct.
Since leaving Cardrona I have moved from the UK to Alberta, Canada where I am instructing with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers. Every day in this position the training I gained from Cardrona proves its worth. Ski instructing is a difficult job at the best of times, let alone when there are so many other challenges put in front of a student. Techniques for skiing and instructing coupled with the patience Cardrona taught me help me in each and every lesson I teach."