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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 PassPrice
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)

(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.


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Tell someone your plans. Log your backcountry trip with the Adventure Smart's  'Outdoors Itentions'

Aspiring Guides Backcountry Tours

Aspiring Guide Backcountry

Phone: 0800 SKI TOUR (Wanaka & Queenstown)
               + 64 3 443 9422
Email: [email protected]

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.

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Tour Price OptionsNo Lift PassInc 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 – 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.

Mountain GuidingDurationPrice
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 Chute (photo - Tucker Patton)

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

To avoid disappointment, pre-book your Mountain Guiding by emailing [email protected], visit Guest Services in the Base Building or call +64 3 443 7443.

Aspiring AvalanchE Dogs

Aspiring Avalanche Dog and TrainerWebsite:
Email: [email protected]

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