TREBLE CONE TRAIL GUIDE
Located just over 30 minutes drive from Wanaka and 90 minutes from Queenstown, Treble Cone (TC) is the largest ski area in the Queenstown and Wanaka Lakes District, boasting the longest vertical rise. The unique mix of large groomed slopes, high capacity chairlifts, stunning views and legendary off-piste terrain makes TC, as it’s commonly known, a favourite field for many.
The Home Basin is accessed by the six seater Home Basin Express chairlift, which offers on and off piste routes varying from easy green to challenging black. For intermediate-plus skiers and boarders, head skier’s right to reach the celebrated terrain of the Saddle Quad chairlift. From here experts can access the renowned Motatapu Chutes while intermediate skiers and riders will enjoy the long and un-crowded groomed terrain in the Saddle Basin plus Main Street in the Home Basin, before adventuring into the natural pipes, steeps and Jazz Terrain Park.
Those new to skiing are welcomed at TC, so much so that the Beginners Magic Carpet lift and Nice ‘n’‘n’ Easy platter are free! The learner’s slopes are sheltered and sunny, much like the café courtyard where everyone can enjoy treats prepared in house and delicious coffee. If you’re travelling and don’t have your own gear or make the ultimate mistake of leaving your boots behind, never fear; TC has a full rental department with regular and premium skis, free helmet rental for kids and an equipment workshop. Those with children will be pleased to hear that they also have a full and half day Snow Sports programme offering options on and off snow.
Access to TC is gained via a well-maintained gravel road suitable for 2WD vehicles carrying chains. Chains aren’t for hire at TC so make sure you pick some up on the way. Alternatively you can catch a ride on a bus from Wanaka or Queenstown, or leave your car at the mountain’s base and book a ride on one of the TC Mountain Shuttles.
Terrain and Weather Tip
With so much skiable terrain and snowmaking, there’s always plenty of white stuff to slide on. Those in the know, who are looking for face shots, will certainly visit after a nor’west system.
Enjoy the rest you get on the chairlift, all ready for a long exhilarating run. Burn your extra energy lapping the unique terrain of the Saddle Basin or searching fresh snow on the Summit or Motatapu (expert only) hikes.
For the Photographer: Pack the camera as Treble Cone provides some of the world’s best alpine views overlooking the beautiful Lake Wanaka and peaks of the Southern Alps.
For the Advanced: drop into some of the country’s most extreme inbound terrain in the Motatapu Basin.
Mtn Ph: +64 3 443 7443
Pistes Main Runs Groomed
Main Lifts 1 Six Seater Chair 1x 4 Seater Chair
Learner Lifts 1x Platter, 1x Magic Carpet
Terrain Park Yes
Top Elevation 1960m
Bottom Elevation 1260m
Skiable Terrain 550 hectares
Ski/Board Hire Yes
Access 2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Draw Card: Heaps of terrain and the longest vertical in the Southern Lakes.
Chill Pass Offer: Non-Ski Day Offer: Afternoon Private or Group Lesson