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…
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!