ALS SKI ADVENTURE DOWN UNDER
If you’re after a trip that’s a little different to your normal European ski jaunt then look no further; Treble Cone Ski Area, New Zealand is the answer to all your prayers. When you combine it’s incredible terrain with the picture-perfect views, Treble Cone really is the dream destination. And make sure you nab yourself a window seat on the flight into Queenstown - the views as you come into land will make that 30-hour journey definitely worth your while.
In terms of natural beauty, New Zealand’s South Island has it in abundance and so, unsurprisingly, the drive over to Wanaka (the closest town to Treble Cone Ski Area) is stunning. Be prepared for the journey to take a little longer than the hour that Google maps will predict, the drive will have you marveling at the country’s beauty after every turn, especially if you’re travelling over the Crown Range at sunset.
The views don’t stop there, however, and almost as soon as you arrive into the little ski town of Wanaka you will never want to leave. After spending just a morning in Wanaka it will soon become apparent that everyone is there for the skiing - come powder day, all the shops and local businesses will shut and parents will let their kids skip school just so that they can all head up TC and be in with a chance of making the first fresh tracks together!
As if you weren’t already sold on the beauty of the South Island, the skiing offered at TC is second to none. Being the largest ski area in the South Island with 550 hectares of ski runs, it may surprise you that TC has only 3 lifts; two chairs that offer access to the Home and Saddle Basins, and one poma allowing access to the beginner slope. Whilst there are plenty of groomers for those who love to carve down corduroy pistes, Treble Cone is known for being a die hard skier’s paradise with enough off-piste and back country terrain to keep you occupied for the entire season. For those of you wanting a little more beginner-friendly terrain, Cardrona is perfect, is also 30 minute drive from Wanaka and has unrivalled views over the mountains to Queenstown.
The fun doesn’t stop with skiing either, for those of you who love any outdoor activity Wanaka is the place to be and if you fancy a day off skiing the options are endless. Take a hike up Roy’s Peak, stroll along the lakefront to reach that famous Wanaka Tree or indulge in local NZ delicacies at one of the many delicious restaurants in town (Big Fig is a must). And for those of you who love après, while it may be a little more low-key than La Folie Douce, head to happy hour at Kai or Water Bar for a post-ski drink or two.
When planning your next ski trip, New Zealand probably wasn’t the first destination you thought of but it needs to make its way straight to the top of your bucket list! And, like most things in NZ, the view ALWAYS makes the journey worthwhile.