Treble Cone3.5 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
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Treble Cone Ski Resort NZ
Treble Cone Ski Resort NZ
Views Across Lake Wanaka
Views Across Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka Ski Field
Lake Wanaka Ski Field
Treble Cone Snowboarding
Treble Cone Snowboarding
Treble Cone NZ
Treble Cone NZ
The day lodge has a great deck
The day lodge has a great deck
The mid-mountain cafe
The mid-mountain cafe
TC has some long groomed blue trails
TC has some long groomed blue trails
Saddle Quad
Saddle Quad
The access road is rather gnarly
The access road is rather gnarly
Wanaka is the nearby town
Wanaka is the nearby town
Wanaka offers a large range of accommodation
Wanaka offers a large range of accommodation
Wanaka has lots of nice restaurants and bars
Wanaka has lots of nice restaurants and bars
Treble Cone Sidecountry
Treble Cone Sidecountry
Aspiring Guides Treble Cone Tour
Aspiring Guides Treble Cone Tour
Treble Cone has lots of advanced terrain
Treble Cone has lots of advanced terrain
Nearby heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski
Nearby heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski
Mix and match resort skiing with heli skiing
Mix and match resort skiing with heli skiing
Nearby heli skiing with Southern Lakes Heliski
Nearby heli skiing with Southern Lakes Heliski
Southern Lakes Heliski is located near Wanaka and Treble Cone NZ
Southern Lakes Heliski is located near Wanaka and Treble Cone NZ

Treble Cone

Treble Cone Ski Resort Review

Many South Island skiers will tell you that the Treble Cone Ski Resort has a bit of a culture of arrogance and superiority. However Treble Cone NZ has the right to think they’re pretty good considering the great ski and snowboard terrain on offer. They must be good because the Powderhounds have given Treble Cone Ski Resort various “best skiing in New Zealand” awards for the terrain and for the best overall ski resort in NZ!

Other than the terrain, Treble Cone NZ is also renowned for its spectacular scenery. Treble Cone ski resort sits on the side of a steep mountain, and you get the feeling of standing on the edge of the world as you look out across Lake Wanaka and across to Mt Aspiring.

Treble Cone Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Treble Cone ski field has some impressive statistics (by New Zealand standards) when it comes to size, and we all know that bigger is better! Treble Cone is the largest ski area on the South Island of New Zealand at 550 hectares, and TC has the longest vertical drop at 700 metres.

The Treble Cone ski area also has the highest recorded average annual snowfall of the New Zealand ski resorts, and at 5.5 metres per season, hard-core powder hounds will be pretty happy with what Treble Cone has to offer.

With 45% of the ski terrain rated as advanced or expert, TC also has the highest proportion of black runs in New Zealand (equal with Craigieburn club field). And the black runs seem more challenging than the average NZ or Australian black diamond run, so there’s plenty of steep terrain to test most experienced skiers and snowboarders.

Intermediate riders also love Treble Cone ski resort for its steep leg-burning groomers. Match this with a 6-person express lift, and you are guaranteed to get plenty of vertical under your belt each day.

Only 10% of the terrain is dedicated to beginners. This is reasonably adequate for first timers, but there are better nearby ski resorts for those on the “L” plates. To attract novices, Treble Cone offers first-timer packages that are cheaper than some of the other commercial ski resorts, and lift tickets for the beginner area are free!

Where is Treble Cone NZ?

The Treble Cone Ski Resort is located within the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, 26km northwest of the town of Wanaka (a 30-35 minute drive). The vibrant town of Queenstown is 90km to the southwest.

Like most other NZ ski fields, the 7km access road up to Treble Cone is somewhat harrowing. It’s windy, steep, and unsealed, and it’s necessary to carry chains. For those who don’t want to self-drive, it’s possible to get a shuttle from Wanaka or Queenstown.

Treble Cone Accommodation

Like most New Zealand ski resorts, there is no on-mountain Treble Cone accommodation. Staying in the town of Wanaka is the best option. Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka, Wanaka is a chic and stylish town. Wanaka accommodation is of an extraordinary standard, and in addition to a few resort hotels, Wanaka has various opulent bed and breakfast lodges. For the budget oriented there are also various Wanaka backpackers.

Some skiers also stay in Queenstown, which is a 90 minute drive away from Treble Cone NZ. Queenstown is a small city located on the picturesque Lake Wakapitu. Tourist activities abound including adventure activities like bungy jumping. The nightlife is also world famous. Queenstown accommodation options are prolific and range from 5-star resort hotels to backpackers.

Ski Treble Cone: Summary of Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Treble Cone has lots going for it just in relation to statistics. TC is the largest ski area in NZ (equal with Whakapapa & Roundhill) with the longest vertical and the highest cited snowfall in NZ.
  • Treble Cone is renowned for some awesome powder days and being a great playground for advanced and expert riders.
  • The ski resort offers spectacular views.
  • There is some fun sidecountry off the top lift.
  • Its proximity to the beautiful town of Wanaka and the vibrant town (city) of Queenstown is also a huge plus for Treble Cone.
  • It's great to have the ability to mix and match resort skiing with nearby heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski or Southern Lakes Heliski.
  • TC has less likelihood of weather closure relative to ski resorts further north.

Cons

  • Lift tickets are rather pricey.
  • Minimal beginner terrain (but they compensate with cheap learner packages)
  • You get the feeling of déjà vu at the top and bottom of runs due to the very limited number of lifts
  • As is common to most New Zealand ski fields:
    • no on-mountain accommodation so a daily commute is required
    • a particularly gnarly access road – the gondola up to the ski resort can’t come quickly enough!
    • inconsistency with regards to the snow quality and cover o not many groomed runs so when the snow goes sour in the sun, there’s not much on offer
    • no trees so there’s potential for impaired visibility in foul weather

Tours That May Include Treble Cone

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
South Island Snow Safari DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 1,277
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions. Conditions apply...please enquire for an accurate quote.
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional guides who will get you to the best skiing in each of the locations.
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South Island Snow Odyssey DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
12 Days | 11 Nights | 9 Days Skiing | 8 Resorts
From price based on quad share option.
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Price p/p
USD 2,129
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Explore 8 mountains over 12 action packed days that take your far away from the commercial ski fields of Queenstown. The Odyssey tour includes the following mountains: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau and Treble Cone.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Mint All Rounder Tour DETAILS
QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA | HOSTED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Riding
From price based on twin/double-share room.
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Price p/p
USD 1,481
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This tour is for SNOWBOARDERS ONLY and combines park and freestyle riding with the opportunity to learn more from experts plus you get to hang out with other like-minded people.
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Progression Packages - Wanaka DETAILS
PROGRESSION TOURS - WANAKA
8- Day Package With or Without Accommodation
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Price p/p
USD 1,846
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Take your skiing & boarding to a new level whether it be on or off-piste, on the bumps, in powder or in the terrain park. Based in Wanaka, New Zealand.
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Wanaka Family Hosted Package DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & SEMI GUIDED
7 Nights | 4 Days Skiing
From price based on silver package 2 Adults + 2 Children (8-17) .
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Price p/p
USD 1,065
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Take the hassle out of your NZ ski holiday this year by joining a fully hosted & guided tour. Choose from 3 levels of accommodation to suit your budget. No driving, no organising stuff, just relax & enjoy your holiday!
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Heli Skiing Tours
Harris Mountains Queenstown Wanaka DETAILS
DAY HELISKIING QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA
Packages from 3 to 7 runs
From price based on Experience 3-run package (per person).
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Price p/p
USD 703
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are visiting Queenstown or Wanaka don't miss the opportunity to experience some of New Zealand's best heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski. Packages are either 3, 4 or 7 runs with the options to purchase additional runs on the day.
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