Mine Shaft

Fiordland National Park

Treble Cone

The steepest and narrowest of the Saddle gullies

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
914 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
375 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
36˚
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Description

Mine shaft runs directly under the Saddle Chair. At the top there are a lot of options, so just follow the good snow. To enter the main gully stay skiers left of the chair - it is steep and narrow but a lot of fun. As with a lot of the saddle, it can get tracked out quickly and ends up as a mogul run, but for a first lap on a powder day you can't get much better than this. Another firm locals favourite, get there first for the best turns

Be prepared for heckling from the chairlift if you choose to hit Hollywood Rock. The abuse is well worth it though.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Cliffs

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