Treble Cone, NZ Conditions Report: Fresh Snow, Sunny Days and Free Ice Cream!

Marian Krogh |
Saddle Basin
Saddle Basin on Wednesday afternoon – still plenty of fresh snow

Treble Cone received 15 centimetres of snow overnight on Wednesday. This was on top of some smaller amounts of snow earlier this week, resulting in a total of about 25cm of snow so far this week. Temperatures rose very quickly and it was sunny most of the day so the snow turned heavy quite quickly and it was spring skiing in the afternoon.

Lake Wanaka
Heavy snow later in the afternoon – great for building igloos

Indicator Chutes and powder bowl were topped up nicely, there’s beginning to be quite a lot of tussock showing in this area but don’t be deterred, you can ski over this easily. The Motutapu Chutes remained closed for the day due to high avalanche risk. They should be opened today or tomorrow depending on the weather and visibility.

Powder Bowl
Indicator Chutes and Powder Bowl – Great spring skiing

The saddle basin still has great coverage with all the main runs in awesome condition. Skiers left of most of the gullies and half pipes are where the best snow is at the moment as these sides get less direct sunlight. Ego Alley and Dave’s Ditch were definitely the two best runs, staying in the shade all day.


Saddle Basin
Saddle Basin looking towards Dave’s Ditch

The summit is definitively where the best snow is right now. Dry and light and well worth the hike. Even if it’s a bit cloudy on top the view is amazing

Summit Hike
Summit Hike – bit cloudy at times yesterday but fresh tracks all day long

Ice Breaker have been running a promotion with Treble Cone this season and yesterday had lots of giveaways at the bottom of the Home-Basin express. They also were giving out free ice cream at the bottom of the access road! Rumour has it the next day there will be free Icebreakers and ice cream is Sunday the 28th of August.

Ice Cream at the base
Happy Skiers with their free ice cream




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