Not too far from Queenstown you’ll find "The Remarks” as they’re otherwise known, the stunning jagged edge mountain range looming behind Lake Wakatipu.
Make it up the narrow mountain road to The Remarkables and not only will you be rewarded with one of the most picturesque views in New Zealand, but also epic skiing and an awesome backcountry park.
Where: The second closest ski area to Queenstown, 35 minutes drive.
Terrain: 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% expert
Altitude: 1940m – 1590m
Average annual snowfall: 3.7m
The Remarkables has plenty of terrain to track up with some steep lines and powder-filled chutes for those keen to hunt them down. Strike it right and you’ll be basking in the sun while shredding the slopes. The main bowl of three that make up the ski area is a sun-trap, ideal for hanging out and enjoying the relaxed vibe "The Remarks" is known for. Even better for beginners, the main base is just a few slides from the learners’ slopes.
If you’re nervous about strapping on a board or clicking in those skis for the first time then The Remarkables is the ideal place to start. Wide, gentle slopes, three magic carpets and a super central location make the debut of your ski career that much easier. The three magic carpets have created a large beginners’ area, minimising the need for awkward manoeuvring around other beginners! When a break is in order it's an easy retreat to the cafeteria for a hot chocolate.
Those ready for longer pistes minus anything too extreme should hop on the Alta chairlift, giving access to some cruisy intermediate runs. Keep heading upward to the top of the Sugar Bowl chairlift and try out the Casterway run to mix it up while sticking to something relatively easy. Once you’ve mastered these runs it’s a bit of a step up to The Remarks’ advanced level pistes– all the more motivation to get yourself up onto the next level!
ADVANCED – EXPERT
If you like it narrow and steep then you won’t be disappointed. Backcountry lovers’ know The Remarkables for it’s numerous off-piste routes from the top of the Shadow Basin chairlift. Take the Highway piste from the chairlift and you’ll quickly see where you can drop down from the groomed piste to discover the more challenging couloirs the area is known for.
For a long, fun backcountry route hit up the Homeward Runs. An off-piste adventure that takes you right down to the bottom of the mountain, from here you can take the Homeward shuttle to get back up to the ski area and lap it all again.
If you’re a freeestyle rider looking for a unique park experience you may have already heard about The Stash park at The Remarkables. One of only three Burton concept parks worldwide, it was designed using all-natural materials to create a backcountry terrain park. Accessible from the top of the Sugar Bowl Chairlift you’ll find log jibs, rock wall rides, cliff drops and a stone hut spread out over more than a kilometre, making for some epic park moments.