Treble Cone changes

Wed 19 April 06

NZ$1.5 million is being coughed up this season on improvements to the resort

Treble Cone ski area in Wanaka, New Zealand is well underway with on mountain enhancements worth $1.5 million

Area Manager, Jackie Van der Voort, says that Wanaka’s premier ski area has been completing major trail enhancements for the coming ski season along with increased snowmaking facilities.

We are transforming beginner and intermediate skiing and snowboarding at Treble Cone and providing new and improved expansive groomed trails”.

Whilst the Wanaka ski area will always have superior intermediate and advanced free skiing and riding terrain, Treble Cone is now focused on offering wider groomed trails to ensure skiers and snowboarders are even more comfortable, says Mrs Van der Voort.

Renowned as the locals ski area of choice, guests will now enjoy 3 new super wide trails ready for winter that are 80-100m wide in many areas named Easy Rider, Big Skite and Raffills Run.

The new and improved Easy Rider beginner trail (previously Triple Treat) has been significantly widened in 3 sections and corners removed, now ensuring NZ’s longest groomed beginner trail at 3.5km is more comfortable and spacious than ever before.

Intermediate skiers and boarders will now enjoy cruising the expansive new Big Skite trail, which has been broadened out to 100m in areas and 200m long on the Home Basin. Likened to a super highway, the big Skite trail can be easily accessed from the top of the 6 Seater Express Chairlift. This replaces an old T-Bar and will vastly change intermediate skiing on the upper mountain, where trails in the past were once more confined and technical.

In the Saddle Basin, the new and improved Raffills Run named after founder Murray Raffills, and and Pete’s Treat has also been widened up to 40m. With possibly the most scenic views on the mountain, this trail will now offer a more spacious and comfortable groomed 2km ski or ride to the bottom of the new Saddle Quad chairlift.

More snowmaking plant will be installed this winter, increasing capacity by 50%, with a total of 30 snow guns producing man made snow on the Home Basin when conditions allow.

More snowmaking facilities will help ensure the ski area opens 27 June with a good snow base ready for July School holidays”, says Miss Van der Voort.

[source: official press release]

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