The weather on mountain can change dramatically, so it’s best to be prepared. Wear layers. The innermost layer should be a light thermal – Kiwis often wear merino, because it’s a great way to stay comfortable and warm. You’ll also want to wear an insulated midlayer. Take a wind and waterproof jacket, gloves, balaclava or buff, beanie, goggles, and suntan lotion (if it’s sunny).
Skis, poles, snowboards and boots can be rented from the on-mountain rental facilities or in Wānaka town. High quality, new gear is available from hire shops.
Both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Area offer resort buses that can pick you up from the base of the mountain. If you choose to self-drive your car up the mountain (a 30-40 minute drive from Wānaka), you will need to ensure you have snow chains in case of severe weather during the day. Please consider carpooling up the mountains if you choose to self-drive, for the sake of the environment. There are also excellent twice daily shuttle services from Wānaka that will pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
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If you’re an intermediate to advanced skier and are in the market for something a little more custom, check out cat-skiing or heliskiing experiences.
Check out learn to ski or snowboard packages – there are a variety to choose from. One- to three-day packages include everything you will need to get started including lift passes, lessons and rentals. If you want to purchase ahead of time, you can call or stop in to the Wānaka i-SITE Centre or at the Cardrona-Treble Cone Basecamp.