Treble Cone, NZ Conditions Report: Tussock Ski Season

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Athlete Marian Krogh straightlining through some Tussock
Athlete Marian Krogh straightlining through some Tussock

Treble Cone Condition Report – Epic Tussock Skiing

Spring skiing is at it’s finest right now at Treble Cone. Snow is softening usually by about 10.30 – 11.00 in the morning  and remains in good shape all day. Conditions are especially good for Tussock skiing!

For those unfamiliar with tussock is it a native New Zealand grass that grows in larger clumps in the high alpine. For those looking for an adventure it’s awesome fun to ski and/or jump over (and won’t damage your skis).

Tussocks are beginning to re-appear as the snow slowly melts on the sunnier aspects. The best tussock skiing can be found on the lookers left of the home basin around Magnum and Indicator Chutes heading down towards The Creek and Rock Garden runs on the lower half of the home basin.

Home Basin looking towards Big Skyte
Home Basin looking towards Big Skyte

By far the best groomed runs at the moment are Big Skyte and Lower Sinclairs. These steep groomers have been closed to the public for most of the season for race training but are now open all day and are especially good for making hero turns later in the mornings.

The Saddle Basin continues to have amazing coverage with all runs open including the Summit. The Motutapu Chutes have been closed a lot lately and will be opened only if the snow in them softens safely.

Saddle Basin - amazing coverage
Saddle Basin – amazing coverage

Matukituki Basin still has great snow on the upper half but skiers/riders need to exit to their right early to avoid having to walk through mud on the lower basin. 

Treble Cone is only open for one more week and with sunny skies forecasted for most days it should be an epic last week of the season. 

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