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The Remarkables Ski Field
The Remarkables Ski Field
The Remarkables New Zealand
The Remarkables New Zealand
Some fluff at The Remarkables NZ
Some fluff at The Remarkables NZ
A fast 6-seater chair lift
A fast 6-seater chair lift
The Remarkables has some great advanced terrain
The Remarkables has some great advanced terrain
The Remarkables Ski Field
The Remarkables Ski Field
Hike-to expert terrain
Hike-to expert terrain
Fantastic Terrain Park
Fantastic Terrain Park
The day lodge is large and modern
The day lodge is large and modern
The Remarkables NZ
The Remarkables NZ
The road up to the Remarkables ski field
The road up to the Remarkables ski field
The road down offers amazing lake views
The road down offers amazing lake views
Views from the Remarkables day lodge
Views from the Remarkables day lodge
The Remarkables is very family friendly
The Remarkables is very family friendly
Views from the lookout
Views from the lookout
The Remarkables Ski Resort
The Remarkables Ski Resort
Skiing The Remarkables
Skiing The Remarkables
Ski The Remarkables
Ski The Remarkables
Views across to Queenstown
Views across to Queenstown
Views from the lookout
Views from the lookout

Remarkables

The Remarkables Ski Field NZ

The Remarkables Ski Field near Queenstown New Zealand sits in the famous mountain range of the same name. In relation to the scenery, The Remarkables New Zealand are true to their name. They are one of the most photographed mountain ranges in the world due to the spectacular jagged shapes and the steep rise above the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

The Remarkables Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Remarkables ski field, or the “Remarks” as some of the locals call it, is a reasonably small Queenstown ski resort with 220 hectares of terrain and a 357 metre vertical drop (1,586 – 1,943m). The Remarkables Queenstown has 4 chair lifts (a super speedy 6-seater, 3 quad chairs) and 3 magic carpets.

The official trail stats are 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% black. In reality, The Remarkables ski terrain is very well suited to first timers, it's OK for other beginners and intermediates with only limited groomers for cruising, and there are some advanced slopes and steep chutes for expert riders who don’t mind going for a hike.

The Remarkables Ski Field has carved itself a niche in the freestylers market. The terrain parks are very impressive, and the Burton Stash park adds to the variety of opportunities for shredders.

The Remarkables Snow and Weather

The annual snowfall is not that remarkable at only 3.7 metres, so powder hounds have to be lucky to score a big powder day. And thankfully there are lots of snowmaking guns to supplement the Remarkables snow cover.

The ski area is made of up three bowls and the main one is particularly sunny and sheltered from the wind and wild weather, so the resort is less inclined to have closed days compared to other NZ ski resorts further north.

Where is The Remarkables Queenstown?

The Remarkables ski field is located within The Remarkables mountain range on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a 35-45 minute drive from the town of Queenstown to The Remarkables ski resort. If you are not familiar with driving in the snow, the road up to the resort might be a little daunting as the top part is unsealed, and there are many areas with drop-offs along the side of the road. A less harrowing alternative may be to catch one of the regular shuttle buses that connect Queenstown and the ski field.

The Remarkables Accommodation

There is no on-mountain accommodation at The Remarkables. Most skiers and snowboarders tend to stay in Queenstown accommodation and commute each day. Queenstown has a huge range of accommodation options, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. The town has resort hotels, motels, lodges, B and Bs, and lots of backpacker hostels.

Facilities

The facilities at The Remarkables ski resort are mostly contained within one building at the base of the ski area. This day lodge houses the ski school, a retail shop, ski and snowboard hire, and a huge cafeteria. The indoor eating area provides easy views of the beginners’ area as well as amazing vistas across the valley and surrounding mountains. The outdoor decks provide even better views!

Summary of Pros & Cons of The Remarkables Queenstown

Pros

  • The Remarkables ski field has very good terrain parks.
  • It is an ideal place to learn to ski or snowboard.
  • It’s very family oriented.
  • The day lodge is modern and convenient and offers amazing views. The facilities and services are well developed, particularly in comparison to many of the small NZ ski fields.
  • A little hike up to a lookout (for strong intermediate and advanced riders) provides amazing views across to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
  • The Remarkables offers some nice hike-to terrain.
  • The Remarkables ski field has lots of things going for it in its own right, however its proximity to the amazing ski town of Queenstown is one of its huge pros.
  • Along with Coronet, The Remarkables is on the Mountain Collective Pass.

Cons

  • Lift tickets are rather pricey.
  • As is common to most New Zealand ski fields: 
    • no on-mountain accommodation so a daily commute is required o a reasonably gnarly access road
    • inconsistency with regards to the snow quality
    • small terrain size so variety in lift-accessed terrain is lacking
    • lack of trees so there’s potential for impaired visibility in foul weather

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • The Queenstown ski fields have better weather than some of the more northern ski fields, but snow doesn’t fall from blue skies so they generally gets less snowfall.
  • The main bowl faces the sun, so it’s rather nice for beginners to enjoy the lovely sunshine, but north facing slopes aren’t so great for snow quality.

Tours That May Include The Remarkables

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South Island Snow Safari DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 1,295
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional guides who will get you to the best skiing in each of the locations.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Queenstown Family Hosted Package DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & SEMI GUIDED
8 Days | 7 Nights | 4 Days Skiing
From price based on silver package 2 Adults + 2 Children (8 -17) .
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Price p/p
USD 1,080
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Take the hassle out of your NZ family ski holiday this year by joining a fully hosted & guided tour. Choose from 3 levels of accommodation to suit your budget. No driving, no organizing stuff, just relax & enjoy your holiday!
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QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA | HOSTED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 4-5 Days Riding
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Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 1,664
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
This tour is FEMALE SNOWBOARDERS ONLY and is designed to help you take your riding to great new heights. With professional coaching sessions from elite athletes and daily on-mountain guiding with your Mint Tours guide, you can't help but improve whilst having fun exploring some of NZ's most popular ski areas.
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Mint All Rounder Tour DETAILS
QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA | HOSTED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Riding
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USD 1,443
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
This tour is for SNOWBOARDERS ONLY and combines park and freestyle riding with the opportunity to learn more from experts plus you get to hang out with other like-minded people.
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Heli Skiing Tours
Harris Mountains Queenstown Wanaka DETAILS
DAY HELISKIING QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA
Packages from 3 to 7 runs
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Price p/p
USD 713
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
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Alpine Heliski Freeride Days DETAILS
FREERIDE HELISKI & HELIBOARDING DAYS
From 1 run including lunch
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USD 277
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Free Ride days are suitable for all ability levels as you control the pace and number of runs you wish to do. You choose a weekend/date you wish to book & Alpine Heli will run the day on whichever has the best conditions. Ideal for photo/film shoots, skiers/boarders wanting max heli runs or for those just wanting .....
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