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THE REMARKABLES

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The Remarkables, New Zealand, is situated on the South Island only 26 kilometres from Queenstown. The resort has exciting and challenging skiing and snowboarding terrain supported by a fast and efficient lift system.

The Remarkables Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Remarkables is made up of three large bowls surrounded by towering peaks; the skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of short steep chutes, cliff drops, powder runs, moguls, long linking wide trails and gentle beginner terrain.

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Remarkables; photo Miles Holden; www.nzski.com

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at The Remarkables

For some very long advanced inbounds backcountry style skiing and snowboarding terrain turn right at the top of the Shadow Basin Chairlift to access the Homeward runs; the Homeward Bound run is 1.5 kilometres long and has a 350 meter vertical drop. The runs do not end in the base area but along the access road to The Remarkables where a special homeward shuttle bus will collect you and take you back to the base area.

Most of the advanced skiing and snowboarding terrain at The Remarkables is accessed from the Shadow Basin Chairlift. The Express Way, Hour Glass and Rainbow Warrior chutes are narrow and very steep leading down to open powder terrain.

The Front Face run has some huge moguls as does The Nose and East Face runs. For those willing to hike you will be rewarded with long off piste powdery terrain in the Alta Chutes area.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at The Remarkables

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can cruise the entire mountain on long groomed trails. From the top of the Sugar Bowl Chairlift turn left onto the winding and fast Casterway trail running back to the base area.

The Calypso trail and the Sunrise Face intermediate chutes, on the left hand side of the Shadow Basin Chairlift, are a good challenge, they are quite steep and the Calypso trail is very long.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at The Remarkables

Beginners learn to ski or snowboard in the gently sloping wide beginner base area where two new magic carpets (or conveyer belts) have been installed. The magic carpets ease conjestion for first time skiers and snowboarders and double the beginner terrain available. The Remarkables Snowsports School has beginner packages for all ages that include lift pass, equipment rental and group lessons.

The long beginner trails rise upwards from the base area, once confidence grows catch the Alta Chairlift up to tackle the winding corduroy groomed Alta Green trail back down to the base area.

The Sugar Bowl Chairlift, accessed via the Alta Green trail, transports beginners to the top of the wide Frog Leg trail, it is the longest beginner trail on the mountain and once you can ski or snowboard down confidently you should be able to tackle an intermediate trail.

The Remarkables Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Remarkables has three terrain parks and one superpipe. The Up and Go Terrain Park, located at the top of the Sugar Bowl Chairlift has large jumps, rails, boxes and kickers. It hosts national freestyle events throughout the winter season.

The Fruju Beginner Park, located on the Turquoise trail has small rails and boxes just right for learning on.

Opened for the 2008 winter season is 'The Stash' designed by Jake Burton and the Burton team. It can only be described as a backcountry experience park or trail designed specifically for intermediate and advanced snow riders and littered with natural objects. Snow riders can expect 1 kilometre of snow walls, stone obstacles, wooden rails and natural drops. It is only one of three in the world with the other two located at Avoriaz, France and Northstar, Tahoe. The Stash is located parallel to the Serpentine trail below the Up and Go Terrain Park.

The well maintained Parklife Superpipe is 150 meters long with 5 meter walls, it is located at the top of the Sugar Bowl Chairlift in the Up and Go Terrain Park.

The Remarkables Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski offer fantastic helicopter skiing and snowboarding guided runs in the surrounding open powder bowls of the Harris Mountains and Buchanans Ranges.

Guests have the choice of skiing or snowboarding three, four, seven or more runs in one day, the length of the runs varies between 2,000 to 3,500 vertical feet.

Other Activities at The Remarkables

The Remarkables has a family snow tubing park, the Ozone Tubing Park with its own lift located on the upper left hand side of the Alta Chairlift.

Queenstown has off the snow activities for everyone; horse riding, fishing, bike riding tours, jet boating, bungy jumping, hang gliding, scenic helicopter flights, snowmobile tours, sailing, hang gliding and white water rafting.

Shopping at The Remarkables

The rental shop at The Remarkable supplies the latest ski, snowboard, boots and clothing gear and has an in-house repair shop. There is a small retail shop selling mountain accessories, clothing and souvenirs.

Restaurants at The Remarkables

The large licensed Remarkables Café, located in the base building has an outdoor sun deck and serves burgers, baked potatoes and fast food.

Shopping at Queenstown

Queenstown is a shopper’s paradise. It has skiing and snowboarding equipment and hire shops, outdoor sports shops, clothing boutiques, gift and souvenir stores, art galleries, book stores, home furnishings, beauticians, music stores and grocery and liquor markets.

Queenstown Restaurants

Queenstown has more than 100 restaurants cafes and bars to choose from serving all types of delicious international and local cuisine.

The Cow Restaurant has been in Queenstown since 1976 serving homemade gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes and homemade breads.

The Boardwalk Seafood Restaurant sources only the freshest seafood from around the country serving oysters, mussels, crayfish, salmon, yellow fin tuna and perfect bouillabaisse.

The 19th Café and Bar serves all day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners can expect gourmet seafood and local meat dishes complemented by an excellent New Zealand wine list.

Queenstown Nightlife

The nightlife in Queenstown is fantastic, it is one of the busiest ski towns in the world with endless bars and nightclubs full of international visitors.

The Altitude Bar and Cafe has happy hour every night and lots of parties with free giveaways and loud music. The Boiler Room is an eighties style bar with an interesting cocktail menu and big dance floor playing all the old seventies, eighties and nineties hits.

The Hours nightclub stays open until sunrise every night for dancing, DJs and lots of cocktails.

The Dux de Lux Restaurant, Bar and Brewery has live music acts in the bar and serves award wining beers brewed on site.

For a quieter night visit the Bardeaux wine bar, it has an open fireplace and comfortable seating, sample some local and international vintage wines and champagnes.

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Katherine H , Australia I had a great vacation in Queenstown and spent a few days skiing and boarding (me skier hubby boarder) at the Remarkables. It's a decent sized resort with pretty fast efficient lifts and the trails are well laid out. The actual mountain is divided into 3 bowls that all link together. The area around the Shadow Basin Chairlift is the more advanced however I would not say that all the black trails are actually that challenging. A confident intermediate skier would happily be able to ski the entire mountain. We did see a few people hiking out to ski the back country which supposedly holds some extreme chutes. I didn't test them for myself, I'm not a huge fan of hiking. Overall we had a great time pretty much cruising around the resort. It is definatly worth a visit. (also your lift ticket can be used at Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt) We stayed at the Novotel which is in a really central spot in the middle of Queenstown. Queenstown's great, it's full of bars and restaurants and cool clothes and sports shops. The food is awesome, the lamb shanks to die for! We didn't just ski we went horse riding, jet boating, a scenic ride in a helicopter and heaps of site seeing. We had a hire car, I would definitely recommend that you get one to take advantage of beautiful drives around the queenstown area.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,375
1,943
Base
5,355
1,620
Average Snowfall
Lifts
5
Trails - view map
13
545 acres
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
40
beginner
30
Halfpipe
1 super
Terrain Park
3
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