Extremely good skiing
Extreme skiing at Treble ConeIf you’ve been skiing since you could stand up, head to Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand for a real challenge. Treble Cone offers unsurpassed skiing and snowboarding for intermediate and advanced snow bunnies. The rugged mountain offers a total of around 550 hectares of skiable terrain. And it is this terrain, dotted with steep ridges and valleys, that endears Treble Cone to visitors and locals alike. That and the abundance of powder that the 2000-metre peak seems to attract like a magnet.
Girls in the Park
Treble Cone has something of a reputation amongst the international ski community as an extreme place to ski. But it?s not just a boy thing. Girls kick some serious ass on Treble Cone too. The inaugural Girls in the Park event showcased the talent of some of the areas hottest female boarders, who give their male counterparts a run for their money. Lessons, group or individual, are a specialty on Treble Cone, with some excellent multi-day options available to newbies.
And if you are new to it all, take advantage of the free guided tour operating twice daily, where one of the friendly TC staff will take you up in the 6-seat chair lift and give you a good look at the terrain. From here the view back down over the lakes is spectacular and well worth the trip, especially for those who prefer apres-ski activites than actually shjuzzing down the mountain.
Treble Cone Cafe and Bar
And speaking of which, TC has a lush wine bar where, on a clear day, you can take in the stunning vista back over Lake Wanaka while sipping some local wines. Divine. There?s even an outdoor fireplace, positioned on a massive sundeck – the perfect place to get defrosted after an afternoon on the slopes. You can feast your eyes on the amazing sights ? both the landscape and the locals, and if you?re a bit peckish, eat your fill of wholesome snacks from the new caf?. Choose from warming casseroles, pasta bakes and yummy desserts. A Lunch Combo (NZ$25) gets you a scenic ride on the 6-seater chairlift, a Mountain Meal and a glass of beer or wine. If coffee is your thing, don?t miss the Ritual Coffee Caravan at the top of the mountain, surely the most unique coffee cart on earth!
Treble Cone is about 22 Km from Wanaka and just over 90km from Queenstown. Access to the mountain is along a gravel road that winds, quite perilously, for around 7kms. 4-Wheel drives are par for the course in this part of town, and with roads like this, it?s no surprise.