Treble Cone Snow Fields, the South Island’s largest ski area, has been rated as New Zealand's best ski resort by multiple groups. Treble Cone Snow Fields is located within the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, approximately 90 km from Queenstown and 26 km from Wanaka. It is highly rated because it offers long, uncrowded groomed slopes, terrific steeps, legendary off-piste terrain, unrivalled views, and friendly hospitality. Treble Cone is not a mountain for beginners. With a large vertical rise of 2,320 feet, the mountain is best for intermediate, advanced & expert levels. Treble Cone Snow Fields also has some of the most amazing views you will ever see.
With its steep terrain, Treble Cone Snow Fields is best for more advance skiers/snowboarders. Only 10% of the trails are dedicated to beginner levels and 45% if for advanced levels. This is the highest percentage in New Zealand. Also, note that the runs here are more challenging than the average New Zealand or Australian runs with the same ratings. Even though it is more for advanced riders, Treble Cone Snow Fields does offer beginners free lift tickets with access to their 2 basic lifts (a magic carpet and a pomer). Intermediate skiers will find some long groomed trails with some fantastic views over Lake Wanaka. Advanced riders will discover powder faces, natural half pipes and fun drops. Exports will find some grate in-bounds backcountry and freestylers can attack their two terrain parks. Also, Treble Cone Snow Fields also has the highest recorded average annual snowfall of the New Zealand ski resorts, and at 5.5 meters (18 feet) per season providing an excellent amount of snow. The ski field is also the off-season training ground for the national ski team of Austria. So, it’s got to be pretty good.
Treble Cone Snow Fields has the necessary facilities you will need including rental shop and the country’s most scenic alfresco cafe located at the top of Home Basin. There are no accommodations on the slopes at Treble Cone Snow Fields. But, there are numerous choices in nearby Wanaka or surrounding areas. Another great way to visit Treble Cone is by joining a hosted tour that includes Treble Cone.
Treble Cone Snow Fields Notes:
- Avoid the school holidays. The place will get crowded.
- Treble Cone and Cardrona are managed by the same company. You can get multi-day passes and use them at either mountain.
- Treble Cone also gets pretty crowded fast, so get there early.
Treble Cone Snow Fields Notable Trails:
- High Street / Easy Rider – a long 4 km run that will leave your legs burning.
- Raffles Run - a wide blue groomed trail.
- Motatapu chutes – nice side-country steeps.
- Saddle Back – for great off-piste terrain.