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.
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.
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.
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.
Wild, big mountain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.More info
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.More info
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.