- Skifield Status
- 24hr snowfall
- Home Basin
- Live Temp
- Saddle Basin
Backcountry skiing & snowboarding
Treble Cone accesses some of New Zealand’s most magical backcountry terrain, right from the top of the Home or Saddle Basin Chairlifts.
To save a few footsteps getting to the top, try our Backcountry Lift Pass, offering limited chairlift access.
|Backcountry Lift Pass||Price|
|Backcountry Lift Pass||$ 50|
|1 x ride up Home Basin Express Chairlift and 2 x rides on the Saddle Basin|
(Tom Brownlee on the Treble Cone Summit - Photo: Dan Power)
Treble Cone does not conduct avalanche control or provide Ski Patrol outside of the ski area boundary. When going backcountry, carry the right gear, have the right knowledge, check local conditions and forecasts and always ski or board in groups.
If you are planning on leaving your car in the Treble Cone carpark overnight (or after the official 5pm close time), please let Ski Patrol know (via Reception) your intentions in person or by calling +64 (03) 443 7443.
Before going backcountry skiing or snowboarding always check local avalanche conditions
For local avalanche conditions and safety advice, please visit the New Zealand Avalanche Centre website.
Tell someone your plans. Log your backcountry trip with the Adventure Smart's 'Outdoors Itentions'
Aspiring Guides Backcountry Tours
Join Aspiring Guides for an unforgettable day's NZ backcountry skiing or snowboarding beyond Treble Cone's boundaries...
Ski or ride the world-renowned terrain near Treble Cone with the security of a guide and be back in time to tell tales in the cafe over a beer... Great any day; legendary on a powder day.
Experience NZ backcountry skiing or snowboarding... “Wonderfully invigorating and satisfying. An excellent day.”
|Guided Backcountry Trip - 1 Day|
|Skier/Boarder Level||Intermediate to advanced|
|Equipment||Touring equipment (available to rent in Wanaka)|
|Includes||NZMGA Guide & avalanche transceiver.|
|Tour Price Options||No Lift Pass||Inc Lift Pass|
|Group (3-6 people)||$ 275||$ 325|
|Semi-Private (2 people)||$ 360||$ 410|
|Private (1 person)||$ 630||$ 680|
For more information checkout Aspiring Guides website – www.aspiringguides.com or contact them direct on +64 3 443 9422.
Explore the Motatapu Basin
Wanting to discover the infamous Motatapu Basin? 'The Chutes' as they are locally referred, consist of several valleys offering different degrees of difficulties (all expert only) determined by width, pitch and snow pack. If it's your first time in 'The Chutes', taking a local guide is the best way to ensure you select an appropriate path for your ability and confidence level. Your coach will be with you on ever turn, making your first decent as safe and pleasurable as possible.
|Half Day Guide (inc lift line priority)||2.5 Hours||NZ$ 320|
|Full Day Guide (inc lift line priority)||5 Hours||NZ$ 530|
|Guiding include a maximum of 2 people. Additional participant incurs a fee of NZ$ 60 p/p|
(Will Jackways above the Motatapu Basin - Photo: Tucker Patton)
Aspiring AvalanchE Dogs
Aspiring Avalanche Dogs calls Treble Cone home. The dog teams perform avalanche search and rescue around the Southern Lakes Region including the backcountry terrain accessible from Treble Cone. We are very lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and skills based at Treble Cone. To support the on-going search and rescue services provided by Aspiring Avalanche Dogs, please make a donation in the box provided at Treble Cone’s Base Lodge.
Donations to Aspiring Avalanche Dogs can be made in the boxes located in our Base Lodge