Cardrona Alpine Resorts has just finalised the unconditional agreement to purchase Treble Cone and will take possession of the ski area on January 27, 2020. That’s an immediate bonus for Wanaka season pass buyers – the TC pass drops to the Cardrona Early Bird rate of $NZD 999 saving $200 or so and giving you the choice of two of NZ’s best.
Here’s what Cardrona had to say about it:
The intention has always been to operate both ski areas as a dual-mountain offering, with the understanding that each mountain has a unique proposition. Both Cardrona and Treble Cone will maintain their own distinct brands and will be operated under the new, pluralised Cardrona Alpine Resorts banner.
“Cardrona and Treble Cone each have a unique offering, wairua and voice, and we want to protect that,” says Cardrona Alpine Resorts General Manager, Bridget Legnavsky.
“With Treble Cone’s steep terrain and stunning views, and Cardrona’s approachability and terrain park offerings, these two mountains are complimentary and completely different – and we want to celebrate those differences.”
The 2020 lift pass and pricing structure reflects the dual-mountain offering of Treble Cone and Cardrona. Single and multi-day passes, for use at both mountains, will be offered at Cardrona’s already advertised 2020 rates, with adult multi day passes from $100 per day. Unlimited season passes will offer unlimited access to both Cardrona and Treble Cone at an adult Earlybird rate of $999.
The Unlimited season pass provides dedicated Treble Cone skiers a saving on previous Treble Cone Earlybird rates. Dual-mountain access will also mean Treble Cone skiers can take advantage of an extra two months’ skiing at Cardrona due to Cardrona’s longer season; warming up their ski legs early in the season, and enjoying spring snow in October.
“We’re very aware that price has been a barrier for many TC skiers over the last few years, and we want to bring them back to this beautiful maunga,” says Legnavsky.
“Our pricing is competitive because we need Treble Cone to flourish. We know that it needs more consistent skier days throughout the season, and not just on those iconic Treble Cone powder days. To make Treble Cone as good as it can possibly be and to justify further investment, it needs to succeed.”
Summer development at Treble Cone will start in January, including general repairs and maintenance, and the beginning of the programme to update Treble Cone’s snowmaking. This summer’s snowmaking upgrade will be focused on reliability, with as much work completed as possible given the short time frame.
Cardrona Alpine Resorts is now able to engage with the Treble Cone team and make a plan for staffing and recruitment.
“We acknowledge that Treble Cone is a complex mountain to operate, and that there are highly-skilled and knowledgeable operational staff who know the ins and outs of Treble Cone well,” says Legnavsky.
“Our goal is to retain that knowledge and competency through this recruitment process.”
Traditionally Treble Cone operates from early July to late September each winter, and Cardrona’s 2020 season is scheduled from June 6 to October 18. For more information on lift passes for Winter 2020, visit cardrona.com/winter/passes-rentals/lift-passes/.
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