TREBLE CONE, New Zealand
Treble Cone, in Lake Wanaka, is the largest ski area on the South Island. The terrain covers two basins—the Saddle and Home basin. Both provide some of the best freeriding in New Zealand. Freeriding highlights include major steeps, long chutes and deep powder bowls. Fans of steep and challenging terrain claim Treble Cone has some of the best in the country. Advanced riders can take guided tours out to the Motatapu Chutes. However, beginners and intermediates are not left out—with plenty of long, uncrowded runs accessed from the Saddle Basin and Home Basin chairlift.
When to go: Late June to Late September
Terrain: 1,359 acres: beginner 10%, intermediate 45%, advanced 45%
Lifts: Six-seater express chair, one quad and two surface lifts
Longest run: 2.5 miles
Apres-ski: End the day with après-ski drinks at the Base Lodge Sun Deck and fill empty bellies with made-to-order burgers and pizzas
Resorts facilities: Cafe, bar and sun deck, medical center, snow sports school, snow rentals shop, childcare center (three to six years), retail shop. The nearby town, Wanaka, offers a range of lodging to suit all budgets: hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
Ski pass prices: Lift tickets cost $95 (NZD).
Transportation: Treble Cone is the closest ski resort to Wanaka, an 18-miles/35-minute drive. Daily shuttles run between the town and resort: $35 adult, $28 child.