Skiing Adventures: Treble Cone, New Zealand

Above: Skiing Treble Cone © Photo courtesy Treble Cone

Skiing Treble Cone, New Zealand

Skiing Treble Cone

Discover some of the world's best skiing at Treble Cone, the largest ski area in New Zealand's South Island.

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the scenic Southern Alps overlooking Lake Wanaka and is renowned for being one of the top ski racing training grounds in the southern hemisphere.

Treble Cone boasts New Zealand’s fastest quad chair lift, the highest lift-accessed terrain, the longest groomed intermediate runs and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

Renowned for dry powder, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 550cm and has an average maximum snow depth of 325cm. Its proximity to the Southern Alps guarantees reliable snow conditions and offers exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Numerous trails are spread over three large basins to suit all ages and abilities. From long, well-groomed beginner and intermediate trails, to natural half-pipes, chutes, ungroomed powder and challenging black runs on the upper mountain, there’s more intermediate and advanced terrain here than any other South Island ski area.

The nearby town of Wanaka offers a lively après-ski haven with a variety of bars, restaurants, pubs and cafés. Lake Wanaka also offers an amazing variety of activities, including fishing, bike riding, scenic flights, hiking, climbing and bungy jumping.

Mountain range Southern Alps

Average temperature -1˚C

Total area 550ha

Summit elevation 2088m

Highest lift point 1960m  Base elevation 1250m  Vertical drop 705m

Terrain 10% beginner, 45% intermediate, 45% advanced

Number of runs 7

Number of lifts 4

Longest run 4.3km

Season Late June to late September

Annual snowfall 550cm

Equipment rentals Recreational set: skis/boots/poles hire 1 day – NZ$46; high performance full set – NZ463, skis only – NZ$30

Lift Passes Full day lift pass NZ$95; afternoon half-day lift pass NZ$71; learner free.

Lift/Equipment combo package One day lift rental pass plus ski/snowboard rental set NZ$134.

Tip OnePassNZ provides unlimited freedom to ski and ride at eight of the South Island's favourite mountain ski areas.

Heliskiing New Zealand’s remote snow-dusted heights in the Southern Alps are tailor-made for heliskiing. Costs range from NZ$550 for a half-day trip of three runs to NZ$750–1000 for a full day of four to seven runs.

Ski/snowboarding lessons A wide range of group and private ski and snowboard lessons is available for children and adults.

For snowboarders A terrain parks offer a variety of options for learners and freestyle experts including rails, boxes and jumps.

Other activities Cross-country skiing, heliskiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, sky diving, bungy jumping and sightseeing.

Getting there Just 35 minutes drive (30km) from Wanaka; 90 minutes drive (100km) via the historic Crown Range from Queenstown; daily shuttle bus to/from Wanaka & Queenstown; 9pm to 4pm.

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