KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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 the ski area 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.
The Tower’s Ridge and Sundance backcountry gates may be open on days when Hollywood Bowl & the Motatapu Chutes are closed and no control work is being undertaken. In this case, backcountry users need to be aware of potentially being involved in a natural avalanche originating from inside the ski area boundary whilst returning from the backcountry.
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).
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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.