Located on the South Island of New Zealand, The Remarkables Ski Area is one of the premier skiing and snowboarding destinations in the Queenstown region. The Remarkables is known as being very beginner-friendly yet also having challenging runs for advanced skiers and après-ski spots so skiers and snowboarders of all ages and experience levels can have a good time. You will find all types of terrain that are readily accessible by quick-running lifts. There are also amenities to make a family trip more enjoyable, as well as facilities including rentals and dining.
About The Remarkables Ski Area
Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, The Remarkables Ski Area has become one of the South Island’s most popular ski fields. With a range of terrain to suit all experience levels, thrilling activities, full resort facilities, family fun and breathtaking views, The Remarkables attracts many casual and experienced skiing and snowboarding fans alike. Whether you are planning a holiday with friends, a romantic weekend getaway or a family ski trip, take a look at The Remarkables Ski Area to know what to expect.
The Remarkables sits on the biggest mountain on the South Island and boasts 385 hectares with a 468-metre vertical drop. The range of terrain is what makes this ski area so attractive to all types of skiers. The 4 chairlifts and 4 conveyor lifts carry you to a variety of well-balanced runs for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Beginners can get a designated pass for just the beginner lifts to build up confidence before upgrading to a full pass. Additionally, there are terrain parks to practise skills and get some air. To step up the challenge, you can explore the off-piste areas.
The Remarkables Ski Area is fun for the whole family, with features and activities that specifically cater to both kids and adults. These include the designated beginner areas, the ski school for kids and the child care facilities for kids ages 4 and up. You’ll notice there is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and the kids club handles lunch so that you don’t need to worry about skipping the next run depending on the time.
Other resort amenities
The Remarkables offers amenities to help you have the best day on the mountain as possible. It starts with rentals for all of your skiing, snowboarding, and winter gear needs, including gear for kids. There are plenty of family lockers available. Transportation is never an issue, because if you don’t want to drive from Queenstown, there is a ski bus that makes the trip throughout the day. If you’re hungry, The Remarkables has a full restaurant and cafe as well as a coffee bar and ‘Ice Bar’ to enjoy a cold beverage as the day winds down.
The Remarkables resort accommodation
The Remarkables does not have an on-mountain resort, but there are many in the surrounding area. At The Remarkables, you will find hospitable facilities to help you enjoy the perfect day on the slopes with the kids. If you are looking to enjoy The Remarkables for multiple days, you might consider one of the nearby ski lodges or holiday homes that will best suit your overnight needs.
Ski lodge accommodation
As The Remarkables is only 45 minutes from Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, there are numerous ski lodges close to the mountain that could very well serve your accommodation needs. Some lodges are budget-friendly and cater to your desire to eat, sleep and get back on the slopes as soon as possible. If you would prefer an extended holiday with touches of luxury, you have options there as well, such as family lodges and chalet-style rooms with wood accents and conveniently catered food. Because of the surrounding beauty of the mountains and lake, you might consider getting a room with a view.
Queenstown family holiday homes
When you want more than a hotel experience to fully enjoy your holiday at The Remarkables, you can look into one of the nearby holiday homes in Queenstown. Because Queenstown is all about skiing and snowboarding in the winter, many of the bed-and-breakfast rentals and holiday homes specifically cater to skiers and riders. Family holiday homes also provide children's features, such as toys, games and media with streaming services. Also, because a long day on the slopes can take a lot out of you, you can come back to your holiday home and soak in a hot tub to get rejuvenated for the next day carving through the fresh powder.