Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Treble Cone’s Busiest Ever Start to a Snow Season

Friday 31 July, 2015

Treble Cone’s Busiest Ever Start to a Snow Season

The South Island’s largest ski area – Treble Cone (Wanaka, New Zealand) has enjoyed its busiest ever start to a snow season and has set new records for both its ‘busiest week overall’ and ‘busiest July ever’.

With fantastic pre-season and early season snowfalls the entire mountain including the Home and Saddle Basins, the right-of-passage Summit Slopes, the revered expert only Motatapu Chutes, and the Matukituki Basin were all open from Opening Day.

Over the first week of the New Zealand school holidays Treble Cone enjoyed its busiest ever week of skier visits, with all terrain open spreading guests across the entire mountain enjoying the cold dry snow.

With no ‘closed days’ to date, a great product offering across the mountain and relatively good weather for skiing and snowboarding, Treble Cone has also enjoyed its busiest ever July in the ski area’s 47 year history.

Visitation to Treble Cone for the month of July was up 34% on the five year average. Throughout this period Treble Cone has had strong domestic visitation coupled with an increase in the number of international visitors, predominantly Australian’s enjoying the mountain’s terrain, snow, and views.

The earthworks and snow fencing that were completed over summer in the Saddle Basin to open up more groomed intermediate terrain have seen Saddle Back and the new Side Saddle trail groomed earlier in the season, more regularly, and wider than previously, increasing the intermediate terrain to enjoy.

The introduction of The Cheeky Kea Burger Bar and Cafe in the Base Building, providing a more premium dining option – with everything from the brioche buns to the burger patties and chutneys made on the mountain has been well received by guests. The second new dining outlet, the new container cafe – Altitude Espresso & Pizza powered by Allpress, at the top of the Home Basin, serving barista made coffee and chef cooked-to-order pizza have also been well received, providing a stunning location to refuel and time-out on sunny days with spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and the ski area action.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Wanaka on the 4th of May resulted in underground water pipeline damage to Treble Cone’s snowmaking system which has been progressively discovered, limiting the areas over which snow has been made. Through the efforts of a dedicated and hard working snowmaking team, who have identified, excavated and repaired snowmaking water leaks as they’ve been discovered, coupled with favourable snowmaking conditions, Treble Cone has been able to successfully make snow across the lower Home Basin trails for 536 hours over 28 days, and pumping 67.2 million litres of water to date.

As of today, the Saddle Basin snow depth measured at the top of the Saddle Quad Chairlift is 248cm, and the Home Basin snow depth measured at the top of the Home Basin Express is 91cm.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Auckland Transport: Successful Bridge Repair Opens Two Additional Lanes To Traffic

The opening of two additional lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning will help relieve some motorway congestion for motorists heading home to the North Shore tonight. More>>


Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>


Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>


MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>


University Of Auckland: Whale-Watching By Satellite – Follow Their Travels Online

Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online. Part of a major research project involving the University of Auckland ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Kiwibank Admits System Failures And Agrees To Pay Customers $5.2 Million

Kiwibank has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commerce Commission after reporting that it failed to have in place robust home loan variation disclosure policies, procedures and systems. In a settlement dated 27 August 2020, Kiwibank admitted that ... More>>

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>


NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>


Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>