1 DAY TREBLE CONE WITH TRANSFER
Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
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.
Return transfers from Queenstown to Treble Cone Ski Resort
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Leaves Queenstown at 7:15AM
Bus departs Treble Cone at 4.15PM (ski lifts close at 4PM)
Door to door service from 10+ locations around Queenstown which means there will be no long walks in your ski boots!
Bus trip approximately 90-110 minutes, depending on road & weather conditions.
Distance from Queenstown: 100km
Despite its reputation as being a resort for big mountain skiers, Treble Cone is also an amazing place to learn to ski or snowboard. There is a beginner’s area which offers epic views! A rarity on the learners' slopes of other resorts. The Magic Carpet and Platter Lift next to the base area access Nice n’ Easy - a dedicated area for learning to ski and snowboard. The area is separate to the main trails, so that beginners have the space and freedom to safely practice and learn new skills.
Once you’ve mastered the basics and are feeling confident, then venture up the Home Basin Express 6-seater chairlift and make your way down the gentle, winding slopes of Easy Rider. If you book a beginner lesson at the Snow Sports School, Once at the top, a visit to the Altitude Espresso cafe is highly recommended – for both the coffee, the pizza and the view.
Around 40% of Treble Cone’s trails are suitable for intermediate skiers and riders and offers the longest vertical descent in the Southern Lakes region. A great warm up run to build your confidence is Easy Rider or Roller Coaster from the top of the Home Basin Express chairlift. Then, once you’ve found your ski legs, progress across to the Saddle Basin quad. From the chair, you get a great view across the whole of the Saddle Basin and can easily pick out the different trails and plan your run.
From the top head right and traverse across Upper High Street to access Raffles Run and then into Pete’s Treat which takes you back to the Saddle Quad. If the legs are feeling good, then try the slightly steeper, but immaculately groomed, Side Saddle or Saddle Back trails.
Return to the Home Basin from the top of the Saddle Quad by following High Street back to the top of the 6-seater and then down Main Street – this is a nice long run all the way down to the base area, providing 4km of thigh burn!
Treble Cone is known for its advanced terrain. The Home Basin, the Powder Bowl and the chutes above it, are an advanced skier’s dream and you can pick a different line every run. The natural terrain with its ridges and gullies catch the snow and you can almost always find some great powder stashes even a few days after a storm. The 6-seater in the Home Basin is fast and you can get back up to the top almost as fast as you can ski down. So be warned, by the end of a day or even lunchtime you’re likely to have 'jelly legs'!
The Matukituki Basin, accessed from the 6-seater, is a real hidden gem, that’s usually only frequented by the locals. It’s worth scoping out – if nothing else for the epic views of Mount Aspiring. The Saddle Quad chairlift is the ideal vantage point to scope your lines in the Saddle Basin. For early-birds spend the morning carving-up the freshly groomed cords of South Ridge or Saddle Back and then work your way across the mountain taking in the natural pipes of Shooter, Bullet and SuperPipe. For the bold, Drop Off and Lower Mine Shaft can hold some great snow, both are directly under the chairlift – so expect an audience – and some hoots especially if you stack it!
Treble Cone offers some of New Zealand’s most revered inbound terrain for expert skiers. The Summit Slopes are a rite of passage and the 20-minute hike from the top of the Saddle Quad will not only reward with fresh tracks on a powder day, but also some of the best mountain views in New Zealand.
Also accessed from the top of the Saddle chair is The Motatapu Basin, a series of steep, narrow chutes which offer a variety of challenging lines. From the top of the lift traverse left and high until you reach the control gate. Skiers left will take your through The Meadows which can be loaded with pillows of wind-blown powder after a storm and lead into the inner chutes. You can traverse out from the inner chutes to the bottom of the Saddle Quad, but the traverse includes a few rocky ridges so it pays to check the conditions with Ski Patrol or find a friendly local to show you the best way out.
Skier’s-right of the control gate takes you through the Hollywood Bowl - which can hold some of the best snow on the mountain - and into the outer Motatapu chutes and Hollywood Boulevard. These outer chutes require a 20-minute hike back to the Quad Chairlift but if the snow is good and you get carried away and ski to the valley floor, be prepared for a long, hot hike back to the lift.
Due to the aspect and steepness of the expert terrain at Treble Cone it can be prone to avalanches, so it’s critical to obey the signs and respect the instructions of the Ski Patrol team. It’s also a good idea to always ski with a buddy.
THE FINE PRINT
Season dates for the 2019 season- 27 June - 22 September 2019
Road and parking access is free to all users.
You can hire all your ski and snowboard equipment at Treble Cone. Rental equipment available are skis, poles, ski boots, snowboards, snowboard boots, clothing, helmets and wrist guards. The equipment can also be dropped at the Treble Cone Town office if you choose to ski or board at other ski resorts.
Treble Cones lifts carry guests to an altitude of 1960m above sea level, so we recommend you wrap up warm even on sunny days. We suggest you wear waterproof pants and jacket, a warm hat and waterproof gloves.
UV levels are higher at altitude, eye protection is essential and sunscreen is recommended whether the weather is fine or not.
You can rent jackets and pants up the mountain, and if you have forgotten something; gloves, goggles, hats and other accessories are all available for purchase in the Retail Store beside the cafe.
You can leave any bags/shoes in the secure storage facility in rentals located in the base lodge building (fee applies). Equipment can be stored overnight or for consecutive days.
Eftpos facilities in the Ticket Office, Cafe, Rentals and the retail shop. You can ask to get 'cash out' with a purchase, however there is no ATM on the mountain.
Please note Australian EFTPOS cards will not work on the mountain. Visa and Mastercard credit cards accepted.