- 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
- 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
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!
Remarkables (30 minutes)
Queenstown (10-15 mi)
- Adventure capital of the world
- Wide range of accommodation with competitive pricing
- Variety of restaurants and bars
Frankton (8-10 mi)
- Slightly closer to resort than Queenstown
- Less lodging options than Queenstown
- Offers a handful of luxury accommodation options
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|beginner||30 %||25 %|
|intermediate||40 %||50 %|
|advanced||30 %||25 %|
|child lift ticket||$57 NZD ($38 USD)||$60 NZD ($40 USD)|
|adult lift ticket||$119 NZD ($80 USD)||$115 NZD ($77 USD)|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||21″||15″|