Remarkables

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Remarkables

Pros

  • Variety of hike-to terrain
  • Excellent terrain park
  • More family-friendly compared to Treblecone and Coronet Peak
  • More reliable snowfall than Coronet Peak
  • Easy to access, just 30 minutes from Queenstown airport

Cons

  • Small ski area with just 20 trails
  • Exposed to wind
  • Expensive place to ski given the small size and infrastructure
  • No accommodation close to slopes

Overall

3.8

The Remarkables, in the mountain range of the same name in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, offers a unique and family-friendly experience. It’s not commercialized like the other resorts – in fact, with the nearest lodging a half hour away, it’s more like a locals’ mountain and has the relaxed vibe to go with it. It has a nice mix of terrain, with broad and gentle slopes for beginners, terrain parks, and hike-to terrain to keep experts entertained. And don’t worry about that lodging bit – Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is a wonderful vacation destination on its own!

2017 Historical Snowfall

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Remarkables (30 minutes)

Queenstown (10-15 mi)

  • Adventure capital of the world
  • Wide range of accommodation with competitive pricing
  • Variety of restaurants and bars

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Frankton (8-10 mi)

  • Slightly closer to resort than Queenstown
  • Less lodging options than Queenstown
  • Offers a handful of luxury accommodation options

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For beginners

While Remarkables doesn't boast the greenest trails, their two beginner areas are perfect for learning on. The wide-open slopes in these areas have a gradual pitch making it an ideal spot for first-timers to practice with three conveyors (surface lifts) to ferry beginners.

For intermediates

Intermediates will have quite a few blues to choose from but our favorites would have to be Turquoise and Alta Blue off the Alta chair. Both are spacious slopes that allow for wide turns though Alta Blue provides more variety that is especially great for building skills on.

For experts

The best long lines for advanced skiers and snowboarders are off the Shadow Basin chair with the Alta Chutes being our top pick for off-piste skiing. For the freestylers, Remarkables offers some incredible terrain parks with the Burton Stash providing some gnarly natural features.

Find freshies

Freshness can be easily found in the Alta Lake side, just be prepared to hike for it. The Outward Bound area is another top spot for the fresh stuff though again it's quite a hike but if you're there on a powder day, you'll be rewarded with soft and buttery snow!

Ditch the crowds

July generally sees the most crowds thanks to the school holidays. Survey Basin during peak hours also gets quite busy while the beginner areas around the Learners and Shorty surface lifts are the busiest.

Non skiers

While the resort itself doesn't offer much for activities for non-skiers however, Queenstown is just 40 minutes away. Queenstown calls itself the adventure capital of the world, so non-skiers are guaranteed to find something fun to do.

Families

Remarkables is known for its family-friendliness! The beginner areas are nice and wide for families to ride together or for kids to practice on. There are also great kids facilities including childcare and all day ski lessons.

Remarkables vs
RemarkablesCardrona
beginner30 %25 %
intermediate40 %50 %
advanced30 %25 %
expert--
total runs20 38
ski area220ac 853ac
summit elevation6,374ft 6,102ft
total lifts7 6
child lift ticket$57 NZD ($40 USD) TBA
adult lift ticket$119 NZD ($83 USD) TBA
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall21″ 15″

Remarkables Reviews

Very Good

4 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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Have your say on Remarkables
Good!

3.8 / 5

May 09, 2018
Shaun M. Shaun M.
intermediate snowboarder
Very open resort that has easy access and has terrain for everyone from beginner to expert. Low crowds during the week means no waiting/long lift lines. Good terrain park that constantly changes during the season. Loads of blue bird days a all round good resort.... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

May 02, 2018
Isaac N. Isaac N.
advanced skier
Absolutely the best resort in NZ terrain is great fo all levels. Was able to advance my skill so much. The instructor quality is great and i learned so much. I would highly recommend.... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
FFletch
advanced skier
The difficulty system is slightly overboard. The main blue run difficulty should only be counted as a green run The snow is magnificent, thou it does get very crowded note: storage for gear is highly priced at $20~ with food options over priced and abismal ... More
Average!

3.4 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
DDan
advanced snowboarder
One of the most naturally beautiful ski resorts I have been to. It has a great terrain park setup and a good variation of terrain. The road is it bit rough though.... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
CBCesar B.
advanced snowboarder
It was home for the ‘17 southern winter, accessibility is by far the best in the area, excluding coronet peak; but having a lot better snow and back country than Coro. Out of all the resorts it was the most forward moving with food and beverage trends catering for my ridiculous paleo preference with quinoa dishes, coconut base/sugar free treats and... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 14, 2017
GGGary G.
Although it's smaller, the Remarkables is much more relaxed and less busy than Coronet Peak (even though it's the other big Queenstown resort). I haven't seen it yet but they also have a new lift which opens up a lot of terrain since I was last there and I believe there are plans to put in a gondola which would mean you don't have to drive up the... More
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