The Remarkables

New Zealand

Perched up in an alpine bowl, high up in the spectacular Remarkables mountain range, The Remarkables is a fun ski and boarding playground.

Scout Loves

  • In new base lodge is spectacular and easily caters for the large number of guests.
  • In 2014 a new 1.2km, six-seat high-speed detachable quad lift called Curvey Basin was added accessing new terrain.  
  • A mix of terrain, especially good for beginners and intermediates.
  • Several fantastic terrain parks make it popular with freestylers.
  • Kids aged 5 and under ski for free. 

Scout Tips

  • Although recently improved, the road up to The Remarkables is nail-biting – opt for a shuttle bus if you’re not a confident driver.
  • Take a short hike from the top of Shadow Basin Chair to the lookout for a spectacular view of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.
  • When there’s good powder, a little hike will access some great (albeit short) runs for the more adventurous.
  • Remarkables no longer has Skiwiland programs. They are run out of Coronet Peak.

Scout Review

Aptly named, The Remarkables mountain range is one of the most photographed in New Zealand. They are as spectacular as they are steep when viewed from Lake Wakatipu.

Nestled high in a basin behind the main range is The Remarkables ski resort. A small resort with just four chairlifts plus several magic carpets and a tubing park – it has something for everyone. Despite appearances from town, the mountain is less steep than you imagine, and has excellent facilities for families and beginners.

On a nice day the resort, with its north-facing bowls, is sunny and warm. There are some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Wakatipu, especially from a short hike at the top of the Shadow Basin Chair.

A big change came in 2014 when, thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment, a new high-speed detached six seater chairlift called the Curvey Basin lift opened a lot more terrain, better connects the mountain with the car park (no longer a need for skiers to ride a magic carpet), and improved access to the Sugar Bowl terrain and parks.  This added great terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers and moves 2400 people an hour, making some of the lift lines a distant memory.

There is one main lodge at the base of the mountain (which has also seen a massive recent renovation), with a large dining area serving the typical skier fare of burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads and a few other simple items. If it’s a nice day, the deck outside is bathed in sunshine and has a good view of the beginners’ area below.

The same lodge serves all the other mountain facilities, including lift tickets, rentals and ski school. There’s a shop with a few basic essentials and souvenirs. Full and half-day children’s crèche is available for kids aged 3 months to five years.

The Remarkables Accommodation

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There is no on-mountain accommodation at The Remarkables. Nearby Queenstown has many lodging options.

Getting There and Around

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The Remarkables is about a 45-minute drive from Queenstown up a dirt, steep, dusty and dangerous (there are no guardrails) road, especially when it becomes corrugated or snowy. Chains must be carried. The car park can become muddy by the end of the day.

NZSki which owns Coronet Peak and The Remarkables has a shuttle bus leaving every 15 minutes from various destinations, for $15 return. The main terminal is at the Snow Centre (in Duke St, Queenstown).

Kiwi Discovery also offers shuttles, albeit more expensive. You can pre-book the service to guarantee a seat.

Connectabus has similar options to Kiwi Discovery.

When To Go

The season runs from late June to early October.

Facts & Figures

Mountain Information   Lifts   Terrain    
Base Elevation 5250ft / 1600m Express Six Seater (new for 2014) 1 Beginner 30%  
Summit Elevation 6345ft / 1934m Quad Chair 3 Intermediates 40%  
Vertical Drop 1171ft / 357m Magic Carpets 2 Advanced 30%  
Skiable Area 543ac / 220ha          
Annual Snowfall 146in / 3.7m          
Longest Run 0.9 miles / 1.5km          
Operating Hours 9.00am –4.00pm          
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