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Treble Cone

 

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

For beginner skiers and snowboarders, Treble Cone's learner area is located alongside the comforts of the Base lodge and café with the convenience of a fully kitted ski and snowboard rental shop. 

Intermediates will revel Treble Cone’s massive 700m of vertical, the longest in the Queenstown Southern Lakes District which allows for some of New Zealand’s longest groomed trails and of course, Treble Cone’s famous off-piste terrain.

Advanced and expert riders will find a playground of open powder faces and natural half pipes in the Saddle Basin and on the Summit Slopes and the Motatapu Chutes offer some of the steepest and most challenging terrain within the boundaries of a patrolled and protected ski area.

No matter what type of skier or snowboarder you are, Treble Cone offers an unforgettable New Zealand snow experience.

 

Mountain Statistics

All you need to know about Treble Cone

RESORT AREA

THE LARGEST SKI AREA IN THE SOUTH ISLAND

TREBLE CONE 550HA

THE REMARKABLES 365HA

CARDRONA 345HA

CORONET PEAK 280HA

TREBLE CONE 550HA

THE REMARKABLES 365HA

CARDRONA 345HA

CORONET PEAK 280HA

SUMMIT ELEVATION

LIFT ELEVATION

BASE ELEVATION

LIFT SERVICED VERTICAL DROP

2088M (6,850FT)

1960M (6,430FT)

1260M (4,110FT)

700M (2,321FT)

LONGEST RUN

4KM (2.5 MILES)

BEGINNER TERRAIN

INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN

ADVANCED TERRAIN

10%

45%

45%

LIFT & SNOWMAKING DETAILS

6 SEATER EXPRESS CHAIRLIFT

HOME BASIN EXPRESS

QUAD CHAIRLIFT

SADDLE QUAD

SURFACE PLATTER

NICE‘N’EASY PLATTER

MAGIC CARPET

BEGINNER MAGIC CARPET

TOTAL LIFT CAPACITY

4,500 PEOPLE PER HOUR

SNOWMAKING

50HA (123 ACRES)

SNOW GROOMING

2 X KASSBOHRER PB400 WINCH KATS

RESORT OPERATION DETAILS

SEASON DATES FOR THE 2018 SEASON*

28 JUNE - 23 SEPTEMBER 2018

HOME BASIN EXPRESS, NICE 'N' EASY PLATTER, MAGIC CARPET

0900 – 1600

SADDLE BASIN QUAD CHAIR

0900 – 1530

CAFÉ OPERATION HOURS

0800 – 1630

* TENTATIVE DATES - SUBJECT TO FINAL CONFIRMATION
WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMITTING. SEE DAILY SNOW REPORT FOR CURRENT MOUNTAIN STATUS.

Beginner Terrain

Gentle Progression

Cruise with views

Right outside the base lodge, the ‘Nice 'n' Easy’ Platter lift accesses a wide, gentle and immaculately groomed trail - the perfect playground on which to build your confidence when learning to ski or snowboard. Our Snow Sports School offers 'Learn to Ski’ packages with a maximum of 5 students per class, ensuring you get the personalised attention and progress quickly.

Once you’re ready, the Home Basin Express chairlift is only meters away will carry you up the mountain to the top of Easy Rider, one of New Zealand's longest green trails and Treble Cone’s famous views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

For families, the ‘Nice 'n' Easy’ lifts provide a safe environment for everyone to develop a love of snow sports and learn together and the nearby café is a great vantage point to watch over the fun.

TRAIL

GROOMING

DESCRIPTION

1. MAGIC CARPET

NIGHTLY

A SHORT SURFACE LIFT WITH ENOUGH SLOPE FOR YOUR VERY FIRST SLIDING EXPERIENCE. THE MAGIC CARPET ENDS IN A SLIGHT UP HILL WHICH WILL CALM THE NERVES AS YOU LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR SPEED AND STOP.

2. NICE ‘N’ EASY

NIGHTLY

A SURFACE LIFT ACCESSING A WIDE, PURPOSE BUILT SLOPE THAT OFFERS ENOUGH LENGTH (300M) TO START CLOCKING UP SOME IMPORTANT MILEAGE, HELPING TO QUICKLY BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE ON SNOW.

3. EASY RIDER

NIGHTLY

WINDING ITS WAY BELOW THE HOME BASIN EXPRESS, YOU CAN SCOUT EVERY BIT OF EASY RIDER FROM THE LIFT. THE RUN IS 4KM LONG, AND A GREAT PLACE TO PERFECT YOUR TURNS.

Intermediate Terrain

Explore the mountain

INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN

Open for adventure

Wide open groomed runs such as Easy Rider, Roller Coaster and Main Street in the Home Basin and Raffills Run, Saddleback and South Ridge in the Saddle Basin offer intermediate riders plenty of opportunity to cruise without the crowds. 

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, explore the buff powder fields of Wide Glide, surf the banks of Bullet and marvel at the views from Camel. 

Treble Cone's experienced Snow Sport instructors are on hand for those keen to improve their technique and with class sizes capped at just 5 guests, your progress is assured. 

Trail

Grooming

Description

1. Roller Coaster

Regularly

A short blue run which starts and finishes on the safety of Easy Rider. Roller Coaster is a moderate pitch and a great way to find out if you're ready for more blue terrain.

2. Main Street

Nightly

A long, wide blue trail running the full length of the Home Basin. Main Street has a mix of pitches and a number of opportunities to head back towards green terrain.

3. Pete's Treat

Nightly

Accessed via the Saddle Track or Raffills Run, Pete's Treat is a gentle blue run. A loop along the Saddle Track, down Pete's Treat and back to the Home Basin via High Street lets you explore the mountain on blue trails alone.

4. High Street

Nightly

The easiest return trail from the Saddle Basin, High street leads skiers from Treble Cone's highest lift accessed point to the top of the Home Basin Express and the Altitude Cafe.

5. Raffills Run

Nightly

An iconic run with an incredible view. Raffills Run has a moderate and consistent pitch from start to finish. As an introduction into the Saddle Basin, this is as good as it gets.

6. Side Saddle

Regularly

Side Saddle holds some of the best snow on the mountain, offering great turns days after the last snowfall. The pitch of Side Saddle is moderate, with the fall line running slightly to the skiers right.

7. South Ridge

Regularly

South Ridge is one of the widest and gentlest runs at Treble Cone, ending a short steeper section visible from the bottom of the Saddle Chairlift (look far left from the lift load). If the last pitch looks achievable, you will love the rest of this run.

8. Saddle Back

Regularly

A wide face running straight down the middle of the Saddle Basin. Perfect to let your skis or board run a little as you cruise the freshly laid corduroy.

Advanced Terrain

Freeride Paradise

Advanced Terrain

The stuff of legends

The South Island of New Zealand's largest ski area, Treble Cone offers skiers and snowboarders 700m of vertical and four large basins. Known for its long and uncrowded groomed runs, outstanding off-piste terrain, stunning views and consistent snow, Treble Cone is a must-do experience for skiers and snowboarders. 

Trail

Grooming

Description

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 used 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. Bullet holds dry, cold snow and is a guaranteed favorite.

4. Gun Barrel

Off-Piste

A gentle pitch with step walls on either side makes for a playful "surfy" descent.

5. Shooter + Super Pipe

Off-Piste

Classic Treble Cone. Both runs feature numerous hits and small 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 bowl offering everything from open faces to natural gullies. Quick laps make this a favourite in the Home Basin.

8. Matukituki Basin

Off-Piste

A little adventure on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park. Stunning views and a perfect pitch. Hit this first on a powder day.

9. Summit Slopes

Off-Piste

A right of passage for all advanced skiers. The Summit is a short (10 - 15 minute) hike above the Saddle Quad that will reward your efforts with incredible views and some of best snow on the mountain.

10. Mine Shaft/Drop Off/Payback

Off-Piste

Located directly under the Saddle Basin chairlift, Mine Shaft, Drop Off and Payback offer steep and often narrow terrain with a couple of crowd-pleasing air options if you want to show off a little.

11. Upper Gun Barrel

Off-Piste

Often the last to get tracked on a powder day, Upper Gun Barrel is a steep off-piste return to the Home Basin and a less traveled way to lap the Saddle Basin.

12. Motatapu Basin

Off-Piste

Big mountain terrain within a patrolled, inbounds environment. The Motatapu Chutes are expert only terrain comprising classic steep, rock-sided couloirs. It is possible to traverse out of the Motatapu Chutes, but the sustained fall line is so tempting that a 5 - 20 minute hike is more likely and much more rewarding.

BACKCOUNTRY

ACCESS SOME OF NEW ZEALAND’S BEST BACKCOUNTRY TERRAIN, RIGHT FROM THE TOP OF THE CHAIRLIFT.

Wild, big mountain

BACKCOUNTRY

Treble Cone's lift infrastructure enables skiers and snowboarders to access some of the region's most beautiful backcountry.

Treble Cone does not conduct avalanche control or provide Ski Patrol outside of the ski area boundary. Before leaving the ski area boundary please ensure you understand the risks involved in backcountry travel, carry the appropriate equipment, check local weather and avalanche conditions and forecasts and always travel in a group. 

Please sign out of the ski area with the Ski Patrol at the top of the Saddle Quad. If you are planning on leaving your car in the Treble Cone car park overnight (or after the official 5pm closing time), please let Ski Patrol know your intentions in person or by calling +64 (03) 443 7443. Vehicles left unattended may incur search and rescue fees. 

For local avalanche conditions and safety advice, please visit the New Zealand Avalanche Centre website.

Backcountry Lift Pass

BEFORE LEAVING THE SKI AREA BOUNDARY ALWAYS CHECK THE LOCAL WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CONDITIONS.

Backcountry Lift Pass

$50

Limited rides: Includes 1 x ride up the Home Basin Express Chairlift and 2 x rides up the Saddle Quad.
Backcountry passes can only be purchased at the ticket window on the mountain and are only available on the day of travel.

Backcountry Access
Outside Operational Hours 


Back country users wishing to use Treble Cone Ski Area to access the back country outside our operational hours 09:00 to 16:00 must gain authorization from ski patrol via the staff at the base of the Home Basin Express. This can only be done daily after 06:30.

Authorisation is not a right and may be denied when avalanche control or other operational procedures are underway on the mountain.

All backcountry and uphill users must sign in with Patrol or Guest Services confirming their understanding of the rules as well as provide their intentions, contact details and vehicle registration. 

Uphill access is allowed on “Easy Rider” and “High Street” only. Please keep to the outside of the groomed trail to ensure other users such as groomer drivers and skiers can easily see you. If you are given authorisation to travel pre-dawn, please ensure all members of your party are wearing head torches and that they are turned on.

When you return to base please sign back-in with Ski patrol or Guest Services. If you return after hours please take the following route off the hill: Raffles Run - Magnum - Powder Bowl Exit - Easy Rider. 

 

 

Be aware of ski area machinery

Grooming machines operating on winch cables present a significant hazard. Please look out for warning signs and give all machinery a wide berth.

Snowmobiles are used to transport staff around the mountain and regularly pass along the uphill route. Expect to meet traffic. Please wear your head torch after dark and pre-dawn.

Be aware of ski area machinery

Backcountry Gates

When ski patrol is conducting avalanche control work in Hollywood Bowl and the Motatapu Chutes we will close the backcountry gate to prevent anyone accidentally skiing under the controlled area. This is a solid closure to protect the public and our staff. Please respect it.

For operational reasons we shut the backcountry gates to the South at 14:20, Summit at 14:45 and last chair on the quad lift is at 15:30. No exceptions.

We encourage you to stop by and talk with patrol at six or quad hut if you want to discuss conditions and hazard in the backcountry.

Backcountry Gates

Travel Prepared

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL WE RECOMMEND:
1. You have the experience and knowledge required for travelling through avalanche terrain.
2. Travel in a group.
3. Each member of your party wears a functioning transceiver and carries a shovel, probe, communication device (Cell phone or Personal Locator Beacon), and map.
4. Each member of the team knows how to use their equipment.
5. Check the avalanche advisory and weather maps
6. Have an appropriate plan for the conditions and weather
7. Stop by and talk with patrol at the top of either chairlift to discuss conditions and avalanche hazard in the backcountry.

Avalanche Conditions
Travel Prepared

In case of life threatening emergency

Call 111 or activate your Personal Locator Beacon
If you need help you can call Treble Cone Ski Patrol during operational hours 06:30-16:30 tel: 03 443 7443 ext 732

(Please note that Treble Cone has no obligation to provide help once you exit the ski area. We will however will endeavor to initiate a response).

In case of life threatening emergency

ASPIRING AVALANCHE DOGS

contact [email protected]

Aspiring Avalanche Dogs call Treble Cone their home. The dog teams perform avalanche search and rescue operations around the Southern Lakes Region including in the backcountry terrain accessible from Treble Cone. We are very lucky to have this resource and 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.

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ASPIRING AVALANCHE DOGS

ASPIRING GUIDES BACKCOUNTRY TOURS

0800 SKI TOUR (Wanaka & Queenstown) + 64 3 443 9422 (International)

Join Aspiring Guides for an unforgettable day's NZ backcountry skiing or snowboarding beyond Treble Cone's boundaries... Guided Backcountry Trip - 1 Day, Intermediate to advanced, Touring equipment (available to rent in Wanaka), NZMGA Guide & avalanche transceiver.

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ASPIRING GUIDES BACKCOUNTRY TOURS

EXPLORE THE MOTATAPU BASIN

call to book +64 3 443 7443

Want to discover the infamous Motatapu Basin? 'The Chutes' as they are locally known, consist of several classic couloirs (all expert only) of varying width, pitch and snow pack. If it's your first time in 'The Chutes', taking a guide is the best way to ensure you select an appropriate route for your ability and confidence level. A Treble Cone instructor can guide you through this incredible terrain ensuring your descent is as safe and pleasurable as possible.

EXPLORE THE MOTATAPU BASIN

Who Are We

WHO MAKES TREBLE CONE HAPPEN?

There are over 200 people on the team of people that make Treble Cone such a great place to ski and ride. Here’s an insight into some of the people behind the scenes.

Toby Arnott

General Manager

From: Queenstown, NZ
Working at Treble Cone since: 2018

As the GM my job’s to keep the show on the road! Reminding everyone that this is the best office in the world is one of the best parts of that task.

Toby Arnott

Mike Booth

Maintenance Manager

Working at Treble Cone since: 2018

There’s a fair amount of heavy equipment on the mountain, like chairlifts and snowcats. My team’s role is to ensure all that machinery is safe to operate and use and runs reliably. During the season we do pre-start checks on the lifts and deal with any issues that might arise. During the summer we’ll be up here doing all the major maintenance inspections and any upgrade work that’s needed prior to the next winter starting.

Mike Booth

Richard Birkby

Brand Manager

From: Sheffield, UK
Working at Treble Cone since: 2018

This is an amazing mountain with some amazing stories – the terrain, the riding, the people. My job’s to tell those stories and share them with the world, to introduce new people to this awesome place to ride and ski.

Richard Birkby

Jo Lynch

Snow Sports Manager

From: Albert Town, NZ
Working at Treble Cone since: 2017

I’m the leader of the snow sports school, our rental department and also responsible for the competitive events we host at Treble Cone. There are over 80 enthusiastic and passionate snow professionals on this team who manage the ski school, race and freeride programmes as well as working with Snow Sports New Zealand and international teams to develop training opportunities, camps and custom training terrain.

Jo Lynch

Dave “Rutters” Rutledge

Head of Assets and Operations

From: Scotland
Working at Treble Cone since: 2018

My role is to guide, monitor and maintain the operational side of Treble Cone – keeping the roads, lifts, snowmaking and other infrastructure running so that the entire team is able to deliver the best ski area experience in New Zealand.

Dave “Rutters” Rutledge

Dave Crotty

Field Operations Manager

From: Hawea Flat, Otago
Working at Treble Cone since: 1999

I'm part of a team who ensure the slopes are in great condition with grooming and snowmaking and work alongside the lifts team to get you up and onto the slopes.

Dave Crotty
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