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Advanced - Expert SKI & SNOWBOARD

Treble Cone has become a 'bucket list' mountain for the advanced to expert skier and snowboarder with a reputation as New Zealand's best freeride mountain. Treble Cone is the largest ski area on New Zealand's South Island and is stacked with long groomed runs, wide open powder bowls, technical gullies and chutes and natural jumps and drops.

Matukituki Basin by Thomas Lloyd(Ollie Hunt skiing the Matukituki Basin - Photo: Thomas Lloyd)

Put Treble Cone on your 'bucket list' this winter and explore New Zealand's freeride mecca.


As the  South Island of New Zealand's largest ski area, Treble Cone has a vertical rise of 700m spread across four large basins. Known for its long and uncrowded groomed runs, playful off-piste terrain and consistent snow depth in the Saddle Basin, Treble Cone has cemented its reputation as New Zealand's freeride capital. 

Advanced Trails at Treble Cone

1. Camel Regularly Short and sharp. Camel is one of the steeper consistently groomed runs, offering on-piste terrain to challenge your skills.
2. Big Skite Regularly Often closed to public for race training, Big Skite is the steepest regularly groomed terrain at Treble Cone, offering two long step faces joint together by a natural roll in the middle of the run. 
3. Bullet Regularly A groomed natural half pipe with a moderate pitch from start to finish. If you score Bullet with dry and chalky snow, it is a guaranteed favorite.
4. Gun Barrel Off-Piste A gentle pitch with step walls on either side making for a playful natural half pipe. A great off-piste option in the Home Basin weather challenges riding in the Saddle Basin.
5. Shooter/Super Pipe Off-Piste A similar set up to Gun Barrel with a slightly steeper pitch. Both pipes have endless amounts of jumps and drops creating a natural terrain park.
6. Cloud Nine Sometimes A local favorite with two open faces connected by a few natural features including some rolling terrain and rocky areas. Cloud Nine is the go to for big turns on a powder day.
7. Powder Bowl Off-Piste A wide and varied bowl offering everything from open faces to natural gullies. Powder Bowl is the off-piste of choice in the Home Basin.
8. Matukituki Basin Off-Piste Saddle Back is quickly becoming the most utilised groomed trail because of its super wide face running straight down the middle of the Saddle Basin. Perfect to let your now competent skills go a little as you cruise the freshly laid corduroy.
9. Summit Slopes Off-Piste An iconic right of passage for all advanced skiers. The Summit Slopes is a short (10 - 15 minute) hike above the Saddle Basin that will reward your efforts with the best views and often best snow on a mountain known for its views and snow quality.
10. Mine Shaft/Payback Off-Piste Located directly under the Saddle Basin chairlift, Mine Shaft, Drop Off and Payback offers steep and often narrow terrain with some medium to big drop options if you are wanting to show off a little.
11. Upper Gun Barrel  Off-Piste Often the last to get tracked on a powder day, Upper Gun Barrel provides an off-piste return to the Home Basin or a less travelled way to lap the Saddle Basin. Upper Gun Barrel is steep gully with open walls on either side.
12. Motatapu Basin Off-Piste The home of big mountain terrain within a patrolled, inbound environment. The Motatapu Chutes is expert only terrain with a combination of step and narrow chutes and step and a little less narrow chutes. Whilst it is possible to traverse out of the Motatapu Chutes, a 5 - 20 minute hike is more likely.

Wanting to explore the Chutes? Grab a mountain guide from Snow Sports to help navigate the most appropriate path for your skill level


Motatapu Basin

Some of New Zealand's most revered inbound terrain sits to the skiers right of the Saddle Basin. The Motatapu Basin is filled with narrow chutes, massive drops and open bowls and is accessable for experts only via two check point gates. Being inbound terrain, the Motatapu Basin is controlled for avalanche danger and patrolled by Ski Patrol in case anything goes wrong. Check the daily Snow Report for the terrain status as opening is subject to weather and snow conditions.

Motatapu Basin Map(The Motatapu Basin offers some of New Zealand's most revered terrain)


Meeting at the outdoor fire place at 11am every Tuesday and Thursday of the season, the mountain tour highlights the most appropriate terrain, the best of the snow conditions, hidden gems and local insights. Suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders comfortable riding groomed blue terrain.


Sofa Ski School - Ski Improvement Camps

In our 5 day high intensity ski technique camps, hand-picked top coaches will give their best to help you achieve your goals so you can become the skier you want to be. No matter what ability level you are, no matter if your goals are improving your carving, short turns, bumps, powder, off-piste skiing or simply being able to ski with more control we will show you exactly where you are at and how you can make the next step.

  • Running over 5 days starting every Sunday between mid-July to the end of August
Programme1 WeekSecond consecutive week
Treble Cone - Sofa Ski Camp $ 1,150 $ 940
Lift pass is not included. A minimum number of 3 participants will be necessary for the camp to take place.

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Will Jackways taken by Tucker Patton

(Will Jackways riding above the Motatapu Basin - Photo: Tucker Patton)

Mountain Guide

Wanting to explore the Motatapu Basin? Grab a Mountain Guide from our Snow Sports School to help navigate your way through the most appropriate terrain whilst working on terrain tactics to best negotiate the steeps.

Mountain GuideDurationPrice
Half Day Mountain Guide 2.5 Hour $ 320
Mountain Guide includes a maximum of 2 people. 

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Match your gear with your ability by upgrading your rentals to some performance skies or snowboard. Take advantage of the multi day discount and test the difference between a piste and off-piste ski to find what works best for your style.

Performance Package1 Day
Adult NZ $65
Child NZ $57
Performance Rental Packages include skis/snowboard, boots and poles/wrist guards
'Anytime' Rentals redeemable in consecutive & non-consecutive days at Treble Cone only

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Back-country Pass

To save yourself few footsteps reaching Treble Cone's back-country access points, try our Back-country Lift Pass, offering 1 x ride on the Home Basin chairlift and 2 x rides on the Saddle Basin chairlift. That's enough rides to get you in and out of the back-country, saving your energy for when it's needed most. 

Back-country Lift PassPrice
Back-country Lift Pass NZ$ 50
1 x ride up Home Basin Express Chairlift and 2 x rides on the Saddle Basin

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