The opening day at Treble Cone is always a big deal, it seems to have an atmosphere unlike most other ski areas I've been to. It lacks that corporate/commercial feel like most European resorts, it still feels like a locals area and although I haven't been to a 'clubby' yet….it has that same aura that everyone uses to describe the clubbies.
This was the best start to TC in a long time, the whole area was open which was something that didn't happen the whole of last winter. There was a thick layer of inversion so while it was cold and gloomy in town, it was sunny and warm about the cloud. The car made it up the access road with no problems(Subaru's are the best, when they are working) and we parked right at the base building which was just above the inversion, so we were greeted by the most spectacular seas of clouds over Lake Wanaka.
The saddle opened up as soon as we arrived so we headed straight there as thats where most of the best terrain is. Its a smorgasbord of natural gullies, drops and steep skiing. There were local rippers sending big drops already, the standard of skiing here is so good.
The snow was a bit heavy in places but was so much fun, its like a playground in there. After a few hot laps of getting fresh tracks, we hiked up to the summit and took in the incredible views over Lake Wanaka and towards Black Peak and Mount Aspiring. The backcountry potential here is endless and so accessible with touring. The freshies off the summit were sweet, it was so good to get first tracks in good snow on opening day.
To say my legs were burning is an understatement. No matter how fit you feel, there is no training for spending a whole day riding on your back leg!
Free champagne and live music at the bar was a nice treat, and after a few more runs in the saddle we called it a day.
Perfect start to what hopefully is going to be a winter to remember.