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New Zealand Ski Fields: The Remarkables

The Remarkables, Queenstown
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The Remarkables, Queenstown
The Remarkables
www.nzski.com, Miles Holden
THE SKI FIELD
Elevation – 1943 metres
Vertical – 357 metres
Skiable Area – 220 hectares
Terrain – Beginner 30%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 30%
Number of Lifts – 5
Longest Run – 1.5 kilometres
Night Skiing – Mid July to mid September, Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00pm until 9:00pm.
Base Facilities –Large modern base complex with self service café, storage, repairs, guest services, first aid and medical
Equipment Hire – Yes
Ski School – Yes
Childcare – Yes
Snowmaking – Beginners' areas Alta Green Trail & Ozone Tubing Park
Season – late June to October
Hours Open – Daily 9:00am to 4:00pm
Nearest TownQueenstown
Distance – 28km (13 km unsealed road), 45 minutes
Shuttle Services – Multiple daily service to and from Queenstown.

The Remarkables Ski Area lies across the Wakatipu Basin from sister ski area Coronet Peak.

Here the emphasis is very definitely on joining in and having fun, especially if you're a beginner, intermediate or looking for serious adrenaline.

The Remarkables Ski Area enjoys three sunny sheltered bowls framed by towering peaks, and is known for its friendly atmosphere and relaxed feel. It's a great place to learn to ski with easy access to learner runs by an easy to use chairlift.

Beginner & Learner Skiers

Remarkables is a fantastic teaching mountain, with terrain aplenty for any and every teaching and learning situation. With kids ten and under skiing for free - a ski school lesson is a must - and they'll progress at The Remarkables very quickly.

The Remarkables Ski Area has an enormous playground for beginners and learner skiers to explore! Alta chair is a chairlift ideal for learners, and allows a large amount of mileage to be added every day. Moving from Alta Chair to Sugar Bowl Chairlift is a natural progression which will not intimidate.

Intermediate Skiers

The Remarkables Ski Area has more intermediate terrain than almost any other New Zealand ski area. Intermediate skiers will love the terrain at The Remarkables, where there is plenty of wide open slopes and lots of flattish areas to practice your technique.

Advanced Skiers

Even though The Remarkables caters mainly for families, learners and intermediates, there are some of New Zealand's finest expert runs to be explored and defeated.

The Alta chutes which begin fairly mild in nature, progress towards the Double Cone peak of The Remarkables and each one gets more technical and difficult!

Runs like Terminator, Eliminator, Diangulator and Exterminator will leave your heart pumping. Diangulator for example, begins with a 2 metre drop-in and then dog-legs half way down - not for the faint hearted or those inexpert at successive jump turns. The Galipoli chutes will tempt those not tempted into the extreme alta chutes. These chutes can be access by climbing from the top of the Sugar Bowl Quad - even though the trail map suggests you can traverse there.

Toilet Bowl is an excellent open bowl - also a climb from Sugar Bowl. For those not interested in climbing, the East Face can be traversed to from the top of Shadow Basin, and the outstanding Homeward Bound run which finishes well below the ski area car park (shuttles operate continuously when Homeward Bound is open!) will bring a smile to anyone's face!