Treble Cone Backcountry Tour 1 day


Treble Cone backcountry offers a huge range of terrain from beginner to expert.

Safe, professional & best of all, powder

Everything in the run up to the 1 day backcountry guiding with Aspiring guides was professional and prompt. The day itself started with meeting Whitney & Jimmy and 3 other guests at the base of treble cone. They provided us with probes, shovels and transceivers . After the guides checked about our previous experience we headed up the first of the 2 lifts we would be using that day. Once at the top of the saddle chair we jumped off piste and stopped for 30 minutes to do a quite transceiver refresher and check as well as a short reminder on what to do if a slide occurred. Over the course of the day we did a couple of long hikes and a few shorter ones, with the pace being set to the groups fitness so no one was left behind. The downs were obviously much sweeter than the ups and the guys found us some excellent fresh powder to play in. During a day like this you don't want to be in any situation where you have to use your gear, but when you do, that's when the guides really shine. We came across a slide that had come down not far from the lift on our return. As we all went down the safe slope to the side of it Whitney went to check it out. He signalled for Jimmy to join him because he got a signal. I've never seen anyone put on skins and traverse up a slope as quickly as that. Within minutes Jimmy and Whitney were searching the avalanche debris. Thankfully it was a rogue signal from a mobile that caused it, but it showed that if the worst was to happen, our chance of being rescued were pretty good & I think that's the main thing when doing a guided tour like this. It's easy to enjoy the powder and great snow when you're confident you're in safe and capable hands. Thanks guys & everyone at Aspiring guides. We had an awesome day!

More Information

There are several different areas we can access and your guide is an expert and choosing the right place for you.  From the gentle slopes of Towers Ridge to the intimidating Bold Rush Chutes there are runs for all abilities. 

If you are new to touring, our qualified guides will help you every step of the way. Click into some wide skis with ski-touring bindings and skins to be fitted for uphill travel.  Snowboarders can grab some snowshoes or a splitboard. Learn how to get to the snow beyond lift access, assess terrain and use avalanche transceivers.

We'd love to take you into the Treble Cone backcountry to explore some new terrain away from the lifts. Check out the tour details and contact us if you have any questions.

Available Dates

2017 Dates  
from 22 June Opening date for TC
to 1 October Closing date for TC
Next Best Days Tues 19 Sept  
  Friday 22 Sept  

To book in a day, please complete the booking form above. We'll confirm the trip 48 hrs beforehand (depending upon weather, conditions, numbers and guide availability) Full payment is required at this stage.
If you would like to secure a guide in advance for a particular day then we will require full payment. Should the weather or conditions not be suitable for Treble Cone on that day, then we will head to another location (eg Cardrona or the Pisa Range).



Technical Difficulty

Participants do not need previous experience.  You will need to be an intermediate to strong skier/rider in off piste conditions.

Physical Difficulty

A moderate level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Guide:Client Price
1:1 NZ $585
1:2 NZ $315
1:3-6 NZ $225


What's Included
  • NZMGA qualified guide
  • avalanche transceiver & shovel/probe as required.

Not included :

  • TC lift pass - we can arrange for a backcountry lift pass to be purchased for you ($40) if you don't have a pass
  • lunch, snacks, drinks
  • ski touring equipment (can be rented at MT Outdoors in Wanaka)
  • transport to the ski field


Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

One Day Tour

We meet at 8:30am the morning of the trip at our office and finalize the plan for day.  We usually catch the last lift on the Saddle Chair at 3:30pm and are back in town just before 5:00pm.  If you are new to ski touring you can stop into our office the afternoon before your trip and we will make sure you have all the right gear.  Often people need to rent touring gear, we work with you and the rental shop to make sure you get the gear you need. 

Ski touring at Treble Cone offers the opportunity to end the day with an exciting run to the Blue Creek and with a short climb back up to the Saddle Chair lift, you get a lift out of the valley for your last run of the day.  We usually catch the last chair at 3:30pm getting us back to the base area just after 4pm.


Equipment Details

This video provides practical demonstration of how alpine ski touring (AT) equipment works.

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