Treble Cone Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Treble Cone Ski Resort
April 08, 2016
A Nimmo from Australia
We have been going to TC each year for the last 5 years. It is without doubt the premier resort in NZ for serious skiers. World class runs and chutes, more reliable snow than the other NZ resorts and generally colder, so better quality snow. Also easy access to some great back-country ski touring.
However, it does suffer from terrible queues on the two chair lifts and an overloaded car park during weekends and holidays. Until these two things are fixed TC remains limited and a quaint resort with great potential.
Treble Cone Ratings
Overall: 3.7. Based on 17 votes and 7 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Treble Cone.
Public Transport: 3.1
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Treble Cone, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Treble Cone, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Treble Cone.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.1
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Treble Cone, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Treble Cone is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Treble Cone relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Treble Cone, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Treble Cone are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Treble Cone is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Treble Cone, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Treble Cone usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Treble Cone are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Treble Cone are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Treble Cone has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Treble Cone, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Treble Cone, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Treble Cone, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Treble Cone has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Treble Cone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.1
(1) Overall, Treble Cone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
May 21, 2014
Jackson Staub from Australia
Treble Cone is by far the most exciting and diverse of the NZ ski fields. I have been coming to Wanaka to ski TC for over 10 years and always find new routes and have a great time. I highly recommended the field; so much that 15 friends from Australia are coming over to see what it's like! It's also great how uncrowded the field is, even right in the middle of the school holidays; no 45 minute queue times here!
The one thing I would like to see in the future is a better terrain park. There seems to be quite a few sweet rails floating around but they are only put up well into the season. It would be excellent to have the terrain park with some of these rails put up and maintained from the get go, especially during July! (and school holidays).
July 13, 2012
Björn Aeschlimann from Switzerland
The terrain up at TC is just amazing. From a great beginners area which you can use for free to the chutes, natural halfpipes, steeps, moguls or just a nice groomer you will find everything up there. You may think it's small and with only 2 lifts on the mountain you will get bored quickly up there, but that's not true. So many locals and returning staff up there will tell you another story.
June 30, 2009
Dave Pickard from New Zealand
Treble Cone opening day 2009 was awesome with blue sky, great snow and happy locals out in force. Best opening day snow in many a year.
November 11, 2008
anthony from France
Great resort, poor snowpark, in good snow conditions very nice off-piste and the year I had been there I had to buy lots of packs of Speights beer to get half price ski pass.
May 12, 2006
James smith from New Zealand
Bro, TC is the meanest resort in the South Island, awesome runs, great terrain park, way better than anywhere else.
January 30, 2005
Jeroen de Slegte from Netherlands
We have been in Treble Cone in de winter of 2003. It's an excellent resort!!! There was only a little snow but the tracks were very good groomed and the people working there were very friendly!! They even had a free shuttle from the bottom of the mountain to the chairlift station!! If you are near Treble Cone you've got to go there!!