Advanced skiers seeking new challenges cannot do better than Treble Cone ski resort in New Zealand. Over fifty percent of its runs are advanced and it offers high adventure with its steep runs, tight chutes and dramatic drop-offs, rightfully earning a reputation for being the most challenging ski area in New Zealand. Treble Cone is blessed with superb powder and great weather, and because it offers very little for beginners, it is never crowded. Located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Treble Cone ski resort is one of the best skiing destinations in the Southern Alps.
Treble Cone ski resort is home to the steepest commercial ski area in New Zealand, with one of the longest vertical drops and some of the longest runs in the country. More than half of its slopes will keep most skiers entertained. Fifty percent of the runs here are of an advanced level and the 1,360-acre ski area is accessed by five ski lifts. The terrain is ideal for snowboarders and there is a designated snowboard park here as well.
Like many other ski resorts in New Zealand, Treble Cone ski resort is purpose-built and has no overnight accommodation. The nearest place to stay is the lovely little town of Wanaka, which features a range of accommodation and restaurants. Wanaka nestles in the shadow of Mount Aspiring, on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. It is peaceful town and a perfect getaway in itself, surrounded by the natural wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Non-skiers will find plenty to do here in the scenic outdoors. There are opportunities to go mountain biking and trekking. At the end of a long day on the slopes or in the open one can relax at a café, bar or restaurant and enjoy good food and local wine. The ski season at Treble Cone ski resort runs from June to the beginning of October. An airport has just been built at Wanaka making it most convenient to get there.