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Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Treble Cone is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in New Zealand with a long winter season and fast and efficient lifts.

Treble Cone Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Treble Cone is spread across three huge basins with long interlinking groomed trails, steep chutes, powder filled gullies, mogul runs and beginner only areas.

Challenging un-patrolled back country skiing and snowboarding terrain can be accessed from the top of the Saddle Quad Chairlift.

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Treble Cone Wanaka New Zealand

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

Treble Cone has advanced and expert only backcountry skiing and snowboarding like no other New Zealand resort does, some is patrolled and some is not. Back country equipment, transceivers, avalanche probes and shovels must be carried at all times.

The double black diamond Motatapu Chutes terrain is patrolled; it is located on the left hand side of the Saddle Basin. The Motatapu Chutes are very steep, powder filled, wide and long. If you stay left on the run down it is less of a hike back to the base of the Saddle Quad Chairlift. Guided tours are available in the Motatapu Chutes and the Summit terrain.

Located inbounds in the Saddle Basin, Drop Off and Payback are steep and littered with moguls and some big rock drops. The Super Pipe run is a natural pipe like gully running down through the basin; it’s a good skill tester after a big dump.

The Chutes dropping into the Front Basin are narrow and steep, for big moguls don’t miss the Outer Limits run and Sundance leading down into the base area.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediates enjoy the really long, wide, corduroy groomed, cruising trails at Treble Cone. From the top of the Saddle Quad Chairlift the High Street trail links with Main Street to give skiers and snowboarders a fantastic 3.3km long run all the way down to the base area.

First thing in the morning Ridge Run and Big Skite trails, located in the Home Basin, are just right for fast warm up GS turns before the crowds arrive.

In the Saddle Basin the Cloud Nine trail is a good challenge, it is quite steep for an intermediate trail and gives the option of going off piste into powder snow.

The South Ridge trail was recently improved by having the camber adjusted and the trail widened making the popular trail even better.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

All of the beginner skiing and snowboarding terrain at Treble Cone is in the Home Basin area. First timers have a designated wide gently sloping learning area beside the base day lodge serviced by a magic carpet.

Once confidence grows catch the Volkswagen Express Chairlift to the top of the Easy Rider trail, it is wide, winding, well groomed and 3.2km long.

The Treble Cone Snow School has first time packages for all ages that include lift pass, ski or snowboard rental and a group lesson. The Snow School guarantees you will be able to ski or snowboard the Nice & Easy beginner trail by the end of your first day.

The Treble Cone Snow School has introduced a TC Freeride Programme for teenage skiers and snowboarders wanting to improve their off piste skills. The programme operates throughout the season as well as a condensed week long program in the July school holidays.

Treble Cone Terrain Park

The Terrain Park at Treble Cone is spread over 2 acres in the Saddle Basin. It has jumps, rails, kickers and boxes of varying sizes suitable for all levels of freerider.

Shopping at Treble Cone

Treble Cone has a ski and snowboard rental shop that carries the latest equipment and sells skiing and snowboarding accessories.

Treble Cone Restaurants

The one and only restaurant at Treble Cone is the licensed Treble Cone Bar and Café, located in the base area, it serves hot gourmet local dishes for lunch as well as sushi, salads and fresh breads and muffins.

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D. Mathews, NZ, A real boarders mountain, Treble Cone is far more advanced than Cardrona, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables all put together. You have fresh powder, able to hike to untouched gullies and pipes in the gullies. In top snow conditions Motatapu Basin is one hell of a ride, if you can make it through the Hollywood Bowl you can ride anywhere. note to tourists - hire a 4WD or at least make sure you have chains and can drive in snow conditions our access roads are a little primitive on world standards.

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