Blue skies, dry, chalky snow and not a breath of wind created the ideal conditions for the ZUMWOHL on Ice sculpting competition and hundreds of snow sports enthusiasts for Treble Cone’s opening weekend. The ice carvers started sawing and chiseling the blocks of ice on Saturday morning completing their winter masterpieces by Sunday afternoon. Wanaka, New Zealand’s Chris Riley won the Ice trophy and $800 cash with his cheeky Kea carving as shown above.
Lucy Waters of Wanaka, NZ., created an interactive “Single Cone” ZUMWOHL schnapps cooler and dispenser, which earned her second place. To round out the top three Jeff Mitchell of Dunedin, NZ., built an ode to Janet Frame with his “Ice Angel at my Table”. The sculptures will remain on display at Treble Cone for the rest of the week.
Queues for the first lifts of the season started well before 7 am on Friday. Fresh snow fell throughout last week and the groomed trails were in great condition with pockets of chalky, windblown snow off-trail. The Home Basin opened on Friday with the Saddle opening on Saturday morning.
“There were a lot of happy people at Treble Cone on Saturday,” sales and marketing coordinator Julia Atkinson said. “Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces as everyone enjoyed a fantastic opening weekend and good conditions as we head in to the school holidays. The carvers also put on a great show with the Treble Cone view creating an amazing backdrop for the art work.”
The current snow base is 40 cm (over 15 in.) in the Home Basin and 50 cm (almost 20 in.) in the Saddle Basin. For further information, snow reports and web cams, visit www.treblecone.com.