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Looking down from Treble Cone

Many people who come to Wanaka, visit because of  Treble Cone mountain. Treble Cone offers great skiing in the winter and down hill mountainbiking in the summer.

I have an admission to make, yesterday, after about 10 years of visiting Wanaka, I finally skied at Treble Cone for the first time. My husband knowing my skiing abilities has kept me away from Treble Cone, knowing it probably all would end in tears and a sulky bad mood. My skiing though has finally improved from plenty of days in Cardrona. We had some great friends spending the day at Treble Cone so decided to give it a go.

I loved it! Even though the snow is now in spring condition, I now understand why our keen skiing friends go directly to Treble Cone and never leave it when they come to Wanaka.

What was great:

  • The drive there is stunning – spring lambs, green fields, huge snow capped mountains, waterfalls
  • Being able to park so close to the amenities when we got to the top.
  • The incredible views
  • No queues
  • Fast lifts
  • Huge variety of skiing. My friends tell me TC has the best skiing in New Zealand.
  • Seeing keas up so close

Not so great:

  • The road up the mountain would be frightening when the conditions are bad
  • The price of the season passes. I havejust heard though from a shareholder, that things may be changing next season. Hooray!
  • Not that much skiing for the low intermediate level skier. The whole mountain is quite steep and lots of runs are ungroomed.
  • Having the keas pinch your keys, your lunch!

Here is the link to a lovely Treble Cone blog by one of the ski instructors there. Russ’s Endless Winter

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This is such a great deal that most of our friends who come to Wanaka to ski take this up.

Jucy car rentals have been doing this for the last few years.

Here are the rules for this year. Certainly be worth checking out if you are coming here next winter.

FREE SKIING WITH JUCY
All bookings made for travel 01 July – 30th September 2008 receive 1 free adult all lifts day pass for Treble Cone Ski field Wanaka for each day the vehicle is hired. Vouchers will be issued on dispatch of the Jucy vehicle.
Travel Period: 1 JULY 2008 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2008
Pick Up Location: ANY
Drop Off Location: ANY
*Maximum 14 days worth of ski vouchers given per booking *Only one voucher (valid for one adult) per day can be used at one time *Special only valid on all Jucy Cars, Jucy Crib, Jucy Cruiza, Jucy Chaser and Jucy Charga vehicles. Excludes the Jucy S/T, Jucy 4 and Jucy 6 *Multi Hires are not available for Ski For Free Deal *Jucy Rentals Ski Passport will only be valid for one rental per season *Ski Passports will not be given out for multi hires *Jucy reserves the right to decline the Ski for Free deal to anyone they feel trying to get more than one pass per season *Minimum 2 named travelers per vehicle to be valid for Ski Passport *Special Terms and Conditions Apply
Jucy also offer a car relocation service, Transfercar,  which means free rental cars if you can get a car back to where they need it. Worth a try.