Wanaka Mountain Guides

Treble Cone Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Tour

A Treble Cone backcountry tour is an excellent introduction to the skiing and riding opportunities that lie beyond the ski field boundary. A local mountain guide will introduce you to the skills required to safely explore the backcountry and use their experience and local knowledge to find the best terrain and snow. Group tours are scheduled weekly during winter or privately on demand.

What to Expect

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Treble Cone backcountry tours can be tailored to the group’s level but more fitness will allow further travel into the backcountry and get to experience more terrain, skiing, or riding.

Every day there is something to learn in the backcountry. Small groups and experienced guides provide the maximum opportunity to pick up all those tips and tricks for efficient travel, staying safe, and finding the best snow.

If you want to extend your backcountry knowledge, consider combining a day tour with an Avalanche Skills Course or Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Course.

We also run day tours at Cardrona or The Remarkables (transport surcharge applies).

Backcountry Tour Itinerary

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Your guide will either pick you up from your accommodation in Wānaka or you can meet at the Treble Cone ski field base building at 8:30.

The Treble Cone ski field lifts provide access to 1900m and acres of backcountry terrain of the Motutapu Conservation area. Untracked snow is available long after the ski field is chopped up.

It is a short hike to the summit of Treble Cone itself and Towers Ridge extends southwards towards Coronet Peak and offers a variety of runs and aspects for all levels of ski touring and splitboarding ability.

Treble Cone backcountry tours return to the base building by around 16:00.

Once booked, please check out our Safety Briefing prior to the day.

Fitness and Difficulty Requirements

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Good fitness is required to get the most out of the tour but tours can be tailored to the group’s ability and fitness.

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This trip is accessible to a wide range of ski and snowboarding abilities from intermediate to expert. Some touring experience is recommended.

Treble Cone Backcountry Tour Pricing and Dates

Duration: 8 hours
Maximum ratio: 1:5
2023: Dates:
Private tours can be run at any time on demand.

Group tours are run weekly during July, August and September.  Register below to express an interest in joining a group tour with your available dates. Days are confirmed 48 – 24 hours before when we have an idea of the weather and conditions. 

Tours can be run at Treble Cone, Cardrona or The Remarkables.
2023 Price:
Group tours $285 / $ 360 / $490 / $890 per person for 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 participants.

Includes: GST, guide fees, compliance costs, transport from Wānaka, and avalanche safety equipment.
Excludes: Lunch and snacks, touring equipment hire (if required), Treble Cone lift pass.
If you don’t have a Treble Cone season pass, a backcountry pass can be brought on the day for $75.

Ski touring equipment can be hired from MT Outdoors in Wānaka for $80 – $95 per day. Splitboards can be hired from Snowboard Workshop in Queenstown or from SplitN2 in Christchurch for $85 – $115 per day. If you are not able to pick up splitboards, we can arrange a courier for an additional $120.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Really good  no1 fun day. Perfect conditions, great guide, got everything out of the trip that we wanted and more: fresh tracks, beautiful scenery, stunning weather, great company, and very safe and knowledgeable guide.’ 

— Wayne, Treble Cone Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A great local company offering backcountry tours. Less people, fresh lines and opportunity to enhance your backcountry skills. Our guide, was exceptional. He picked a great route, great skiing in variable conditions, and included some snow science along the way. Highly recommended.’

— Nathan, Remarkables Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘[Our Guide] was very helpful and great at explaining what we were doing. He took the time to give some ski tip instructions and made sure that everyone in the group was looked after in terms of ability while touring. It was a wonderful day out. Thank you.’

 Sheila, Remarkables Backcountry Tour

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