Snowboarding And Skiing At The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand

OVERLOOKING QUEENSTOWN ON THE DRIVE UP TO THE REMARKABLES

OVERLOOKING QUEENSTOWN ON THE DRIVE UP TO THE REMARKABLES

The first thing you notice about The Remarkables is the incredible vista. The rock faces, jutting mountains and bowls will get you amped before you've even parked the car! Recent upgrades to The Remarkables ski field has really improved this already fun mountain. With the new day lodge and the new 6-seater Curvey Basin Express chair, it's easy to see why The Remarkables is so popular. 

Remarks is located on the South Island of New Zealand, in the Otago Region. It is easily accessible from Queenstown via an access road which is now sealed for 3/4 of the way up.  The Remarkables is 28km (35 minutes) from Queenstown town centre. If you don't have a car, the Snowline Express running from Queenstown starts early, and runs regularly to the mountain. Hotel pickup is available also.

NZ Ski operates both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields in the Queenstown area. A season pass is available that will cover both these mountain resorts if you're planning to spend a bit of time near Queenstown for the ski season. In fact NZ Ski operates Mt Hutt ski field as well so if you fancy a drive north, your season pass will work at Mt Hutt too.  

MOUNTAIN STAT'S

  • Elevation: 1943m, 357m vertical drop
  • Skiable Area: 265.5 hectares
  • Lifts: 1 high speed six-seater chair, 3 quad chairs, 3 surface conveyor lifts
  • Terrain: 30% beginner / 40% intermediate / 30% advanced
  • Average Snowfall: 3.67m per annum (excl. snowmaking)
  • Snowmaking: Beginners’ area, Alta Green, Casterway, Gotham City, Curvey, Turquoise, Waterfall, and terrain parks
  • Operating Hours: 9am to 4pm

What's it like to ski or snowboard at The Remarkables?

The Remarkables offers something for everyone. There is a good beginners area at the base, but for those who are looking for plenty of groomed runs, you may want to head across the valley to Coronet Peak which has many more.  

With a little snow, Remarks really starts to shine because the off piste riding is amazing. The Homeward Runs and the Alta Chutes will satisfy your thirst for bowl riding and if you don't mind hiking, you'll be rewarded with some world-class and challenging terrain. When riding Homeward Bound, you'll end up below the lowest lift but a free, regular shuttle will soon have you back at the base. 

And for those who love terrain parks, you won't be disappointed with what The Remarkables offers. It has an amazing park setup and design, with plenty of progressive jumps and rails. Remarks is also home to the Burton Stash Terrain Park which can't be beaten on a powder day for ridable cliff drops, wooden rail features, wall rides and the infamous Hut! 

MICK RIDING OFF THE HUT

MICK RIDING OFF THE HUT

We've had some awesome days at The Remarkables – hitting park jumps, overcoming the fear to ride off 'The Hut' and shredding Homeward Bound were definitely highlights!  

There are also some excellent ski and snowboarding camps available at The Remarkables. Jen recently attended Snowbroads - read all about her experience here.

If you're looking for varied all-mountain skiing and snowboarding, you will leave The Remarkables very satisfied. And if you're not afraid to hike a little, the amount of extra terrain will not leave you wanting. 

Although The Remarkables offers excellent terrain, one thing you will need to deal with is the slow chairlifts. Apart from Curvey Basin Express, all the other chairlifts are non-express. Believe me the terrain is worth the slow chair rides but if you just can't deal with non-express chairs, then head to Coronet PeakCardrona or Treble Cone

check out this video from nz ski on the remarkables

Have you been to The Remarkables and want to share some insight? Or do you have any questions? Hit me up in the comments below. (Make sure you click on 'subscribe via e-mail' to be notified when we write back)

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Happy riding!  

Mick  

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