Treble Cone, NZ Conditions Report & Photo Tour – A Very Generous 3cm Pow Day

Guy LaDouche | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Can't beat the view from Saddle Basin at Treble Cone
Can’t beat the view from Saddle Basin at Treble Cone

I see a trend starting here, but… yesterday at Treble Cone gave us some of the best turns of the season so far. After skiing so many days at Cardrona, it was nice to get some proper long and steep runs that really got the legs going. There was a bit of cloud as we got up to the mountain in the morning, but by 10am, it had mostly burned off and turned into a beautiful bluebird day.

Ben Paciotti airing into the Motatapu Chutes
Ben Paciotti airing into the Motatapu Chutes

Treble Cone was reporting 3cm of snow overnight, but it was definitely #deepinspots in the Motatapu Chutes. With the temps warming, I didn’t have super high expectations, but hot dam, was it good. People who ski with me know that I will take an extra chair lap over a  hike every time, but I surpassed my hiking quota for the season a few times over; totally worth it.

Josh Anderson finding a nice deep spot in the Motatapu Chutes
Josh Anderson finding a nice deep spot in the Motatapu Chutes

There was loads of fun to be had in the Saddle basin as well. Gully runs with endless airs for dayyyyyyyys. I would have been happy lapping the Saddle all day, so the Chutes were just gravy. I got into some Home Basin laps at the end of the day and the snow definitely started to turn due to the heat. There were some springy/slushy sections and some parts had already started to freeze over again in the shade and become chunky.

Treble Cone forecast for the coming week
Treble Cone forecast for the coming week

Looks like it’ll be another couple of bluebird days before another top up on Friday. Have at it on Saturday, weekend warriors!

Photo Tour:

Annie smiles for pow
Annie smiles for pow
Scoping lines in the Motatapu Chutes
Scoping lines in the Motatapu Chutes
Slashing our way down to the Chutes
Slashing our way down to the Chutes
This guy should probably learn a new trick
This guy should probably learn a new trick
3cm eh?
3cm eh?
Ben Paciotti flips out for Treble Cone
Ben Paciotti flips out for Treble Cone
Pow + Friends = Winning
Pow + Friends = Winning
Great coverage in the Saddle Basin
Great coverage in the Saddle Basin
Ben spinning into Lake Wanaka
Ben spinning into Lake Wanaka
I guess having to hike out really keeps out the riff raff
I guess having to hike out really keeps out the riff raff
Winter is here
Winter is here
Pow
Pow
More pow
More pow
Ben's skis are rarely on the snow
Ben’s skis are rarely on the snow
Raise your hand if you like skiing at Treble Cone
Raise your hand if you like skiing at Treble Cone
Rocking into the Chutes
Rocking into the Chutes
Chalky snow under the Saddle Quad
Chalky snow under the Saddle Quad

 

 


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