Treble Cone (TC) is a must-visit destination for intermediate riders and above. It has the best terrain of the commercial resorts around the Queenstown Lakes District. Not recommended for beginners.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
TC is 29km from Wanaka in New Zealand's South Island (Wanaka is 60kms north-ish of Queenstown).
TC has the largest range of advanced in-bounds terrain of the South Island Resorts. It has 3 main areas - the Main Basin, which is what you arrive at, accessed from a detachable 6-chair lift (currently called the Volkswagen Express); the Saddle Basin, accessed via a fairly boarder-friendly trail from the top of the 6-seater and served by its own fixed-grip quad (the Saddle Quad); and the Motatapu Chutes, currently not lifted but accessible from the top of the Saddle Basin. There is a walk out from the Chutes back to the bottom of the Saddle Quad.
The view from the top is phenomenal, looking back over the lakes in one direction and up the Matukituki Valley in another.
At present, the unfenced, unsealed access road up to TC. Take it easy! There is a proposed gondola for which planning approval is being sought. It will start at the access road turnoff and go to the base of the mountain - making the drive up unnecessary. Chains were required to be carried for both 2WD and 4WD even in good weather.
Facilities (eating, toilets etc) are all located at the base of the resort at the bottom of Main Basin. This means a bit of trek back if you need to get back.
Phone: +64 3 443 7443
Fax: +64 3 443 8401
Postal: P.O.Box 206 Wanaka New Zealand
Driving time from Wanaka to TC is about 35 minutes and a bit over an hour from Queenstown. Hitching from Wanaka is prevalent, and easy to do.
No accommodation on-mountain. Stay in Wanaka (or Queenstown - about an hour+ from TC)
Wanaka, Glendhu Bay, Albert Town (the last 2 are very close to Wanaka) or Queenstown.
Lift/lesson combos and lift-only available. Lift only options include daily, 3-day and 5-day passes. The multi-day passes are anytime passes - useable during the season, as opposed to consecutive. TC staff scan passes by hand-held devices at the lifts.
There is a Wanaka-pass that is also valid at Cardrona.
The main building at the base area of the Main Basin contains (upstairs) a cafe/food area, small retail shop, a couple of paid internet stations. Downstairs are the toilets, rental shop, snowsports booking desk and ski-patrol office/medical centre.
Easy. No major traverses that would trouble boarders.
Currently fairly restricted. There are 3 small car parking areas - once full, you are directed to park back down the access road. On busy days it can go some distance. TC sometimes run courtesy buses that pick you up and drop you off from the base to your car.
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Limited, but of reasonable quality. Aside from the usual pies and chips, there's a changing daily menu of soups and hot mains (the latter are quite pricey - $11 and $16 respectively for medium/large). The pre-made sandwiches and rolls are the best value.
At the bar you can get nachos, hotdogs and gourmet burgers.
There are hot water taps within the dining area for those bringing their own.
Bars & Entertainment
You can get drinks, but given that there's the drive down there's really not much scope for this.
Limited to the small retail store. Pricey and not that impressive.
No real beginner areas at TC (as of winter 2006). There is one marked green run (Easy Rider) in Main Basin.
There is a short bunny slope that is at the base of the resort, served by a carpet.
There are some - more in Main Basin than in Saddle Basin.
Basically if you are standing at the bottom of the Saddle Quad looking up at the Saddle Basin the runs generally get steeper as one goes right to left. The basin itself is made up of a number of gullies and ridges. Some of the gullies are quite large natural half-pipes and the steeper ones would be called chutes.
There are lots of ledges and hits to huck off if that is your thing.
Somewhat unusually, there is a fair bit of inbounds hiking available. Options include the Summit (about 30 mins) and Tim's Table above the Saddle Quad, and the Motatapu Chutes.
Motatapu is accessed from the top of the Saddle Quad (skier's right) and through control gates. It comes out below the elevation of the Quad, so there's a hike out - around 20 mins.
Out of Bounds
Accessed from the top of the Saddle Quad.
Parks & Pipes
Terrain park constructed 2006
There were zip-lines on Cloud Nine in the Saddle Basin if you wanted to do them.
Powder Bowl. Off TC's Summit after a dump.
None, really. All of TC is above the tree-line.