Treble Cone Ski Field, Wanaka
A huge ski field on the South Island renowned for quality of snow.
Covering 550 hectares, it has more skiable terrain than any other ski or snowboard area in the South Island. With the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, Treble Cone can claim some of the most exhilarating runs in the country.
It is however the snow quality that really sets Treble Cone apart. Renowned for dry powder and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds.
Spread over three large basins the mountain has trails to suit all ages and skill levels and the only high-speed, detachable 6-seater chairlift in the Southern Hemisphere. Great natural and man-made half pipes and terrain parks also make Treble Cone a mecca for snowboarders. Families are really looked after at Treble Cone with specially priced day passes, preferential parking right outside the base building and a junior ski school for threes and over called the 'TC Cat Club' with indoor and outdoor play options.
The season runs from late June to early October and extensive snowmaking ensures early season reliability. Daily transport is available from Wanaka and Queenstown (during season).
Treble Cone Quick Facts
|Annual Snow Fall (m)||5.5|
|Season Opens||Late June|
|Season Closes||Early October|
|Skiable Area (hectares)||550|
|Base Altitude (m)||1260|
|Highest Altitude (m)||1960|
|Total Number of Lifts||5|
|Rope Tows|| |
|Snow Sports School||Yes|
|Accommodation on Ski Area||No|
Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- US$4599 + tax
May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!
Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.