TC Opening Day 2017

What a day! And very unlike the usual TC opening that I have known in the past... Where was everyone?

Today saw Treble Cone open its lifts for the start of the 2017 winter season. With mother nature holding out on us, the original opening date was postponed due to the lower half of the main basin being unrideable. But that all changed with the most recent storm that graced the South Island, and TC got up and running with a surprisingly large amount of accessible terrain available.

The usual “keen beans” where ready and waiting at the six-seater when we pulled up around 7.50am, but the crowd didn’t grow much until 8.40 and even then, it seemed like everyone had slept in. Either that or they thought the conditions wouldn’t be worth it… if so, they were wrong!

The main basin had a few pockets of nice snow but there was also a rather challenging crust on the sunny aspect; just enough to keep you on your toes. However the Saddle Basin was a different story. There was a good 15-20cms of wind-packed powder but no crust layer until right near the bottom of the lift.

What blew me away today was that there was absolutely no chairlift line after the 9am first lap. Not one! It was quite surreal actually.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking now…

Opening day lift line at Treble Cone

Cooking breakfast in the lift line… how else do you spend a Wednesday morning?!

Sunrise over the TC carpark

Sunrise over the TC carpark

Freeride World Tour skier Sam Lee getting amongst it in the Saddle

Freeride World Tour skier Sam Lee getting amongst it in the Saddle

Sam Lee backflip at Treble Cone

Sam Lee sending the obligatory backflip with the best backdrop EVER!

Conditions are good and the temperatures are expected to remain cool for the next four or five days, so get up the mountain and enjoy!

Keith @360

The founding member of the 360nz team, Keith is the editor here at 360qw.

Writer / photographer / web designer, Keith dabbles in many different digital medias, while still finding the time to enjoy the Wanaka playground on his snowboard and mountain bike.

Outside of 360, Keith is a Trainer for Snowboard Instruction New Zealand and an Ambassador for NZ Shred snowboard shop in Queenstown.

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Freeride World Tour skier Sam Lee getting amongst it in the Saddle

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