Treble Cone launches first tracks daily for July and August

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Early risers will get Treble Cone all to themselves this winter. The largest ski area in New Zealand’s South Island will open an hour earlier each morning through July and August 2019 for a new product, First Tracks.

From 8 am each day, skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy carving freshly groomed slopes before the resort’s regular opening at 9am.

First Tracks will be an add-on product which can be purchased with any valid day, multi-day or season pass. A single day of First Tracks will be priced at $39, whilst a season of First Tracks will be $349 for Season Pass holders.

First Tracks customers will be able to access Treble Cone’s Home Basin via the Home Basin Express from 8am each day, subject to snowfall and avalanche control. The remainder of the resort’s 550ha of terrain will continue to open at 9am.

 “We’re really stoked to be able to say we can get the mountain early and get people out for First Tracks. Early mornings up here are incredible and we’re sure that there’ll be plenty of guests keen to get out and rip, before the regular opening time” says Treble Cone General Manager Toby Arnott.

We changed a number of processes last season to ensure we were able to consistently open on time with the lifts open as scheduled on 97% of the days we operated. Combined with the new state-of-the-art grooming equipment we should be able to deliver a really special experience with First Tracks.

Treble Cone is all about wide open space, a lack of crowds and that feeling of freedom that comes from getting plenty of runs in. Getting open early for First Tracks epitomises of all those things.”

The arrival of two new Kassbohrer PistenBully 600 winch cats means that the Treble Cone grooming team will be able to cover more of the mountain each evening, ensuring consistent, immaculate groomed runs every morning. More powerful, yet more efficient and cleaner than ever before the PistenBully 600 is the first machine of its type to meet the European Stage V emissions control standards and will enable grooming team to cover more of the mountain on a daily basis. 

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.