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At a Glance
The Remarkables is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!
3 terrain parks
220 hectares 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% expert terrain
1943m high 357m vertical drop
Longest Run Homeward - 1.5kms
Average Snowfall 3.67m
1 on mountain Ice Bar at Curvey Basin Junction
queenstown mountain Events
cafes and restaurants
Fabulous coffees, teas, wines and beers as well as delicious treats such as our muffins, cakes, slices and snacks can be found at our new coffee bar. If you are looking for a quick morning espresso fix or breakfast on the go then the Rastusburn Coffee Bar is perfect for you.
The Remarkables Cafe
For those wanting a quick bite, choose from our selection of bakery items, fish & chips, hot snacks as well as healthy options such as gourmet rolls, packaged salads and sushi. A full selection of cold soft drinks, as well as snacks and treats are also available.
The Remarkables Restaurant and Grill
Delivering a daily menu featuring gourmet steak sandwiches & burgers fresh from the char-grill, hearty mountain meals & soup bowls, curries and an extensive salad bar The Remarkables Restaurant and Grill is the best place to take a well deserved long lunch.
Looking for childcare or kids’ ski lessons? Skiwiland caters for children aged from three months to five years of age. It's a fully licensed registered Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education, so you can enjoy your time on the slopes, knowing that your children will be comfortable, safe and happy. Indoor and outdoor activities are provided for those kids aged two and above include playtime in the snow with our fully qualified staff. You can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding secure in the knowledge that your kids are having a great time at The Remarkables Skiwiland. Skiwland offers three age specific programmes and you can find all details, including a booking form, below.
Are your kids older? Kea Club offers children’s group ski lessons for kids aged 5 to 15 years and snowboarding lessons are available for 8 to 15 year olds - FIND OUT MORE
- Full payment is required to secure your child's booking in Skiwiland.
- Spaces are limited so booking in advance is essential.
- Due to capacity restrictions, half-day bookings will be limited during peak holiday periods.
- Skiwiland operates a nut free environment.
For children aged 3 months to under 2 years
Mini Kids provides a fun and caring environment for children less than two years of age.
Qualified staff will respect your baby’s routines and ensure those who are starting to explore their world (crawling or walking) have lots of fun.
What to bring: Change of clothes, nappies, dummy, bottles/formula/food, special toy and/or blanket. Lunch is not provided so please remember to pack their favourite snacks and drinks.
For children aged 2 to 5 years old
If your child is not yet ready to ski, Kiwi Kids will keep them entertained while the rest of the family enjoys the slopes. Children are kept busy with a wide range of fun and educational indoor and outdoor activities.
All activities are fully supervised by qualified staff. Lunch is provided with the full‐day option.
What to bring: Waterproof jacket & pants, change of clothes (extra underwear), warm hat, mittens, goggles/sunglasses, nappies/pull‐ups and snacks if coming for a half day.
- Full day - 9am to 4pm
- Half‐day morning - 9am to 12pm
- Half‐day afternoon - 1pm to 4pm
Morning or Afternoon
Under 5’s ski lessons and educational indoor and outdoor activites
Skiwi Kids provides a fun and safe environment for young children to learn to ski. Catering for all ability levels, qualified instructors teach two ski lessons on the full‐day programme and one lesson on the half‐day programme.
What to bring: Waterproof jacket & pants, change of clothes (extra underwear), warm hat, mittens,
Sno Shop has a range of affordable skiing and snowboarding essentials for both adults and children, including gloves, goggles, helmets, socks, neck warmers and beanies. The Remarkbles Sno Shop stocks a great range of top end brands like Smith, Bolle, Electric, Giro, Burton, Anon, POW and Columbia along with great souvenirs like stickers, magnets, mugs and glassware, key rings, T-shirts, soft toys (including our friendly mascots Spike and Shred) and much more. You can also write and send your Remarkables postcards from the shop. We also sell painkillers, plasters and other medical first aid supplies.
Sno Shop is open seven days a week (mountain status permitting) from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Eftpos NZ, My Pass money. Season Pass holders receive a 10% discount in store.
Have your own gear? We offer day storage at The Remarkables with our automated pay lockers available downstairs in the base building.
Pay by credit card or EFTPOS only: $10 per day (no overnight storage available).
Have you rented your ski gear from us on the mountain? There is FREE overnight storage at all three ski areas when hiring your ski rental equipment from NZSki. Simply return your ski gear back to our rental department at the end of your day and we'll take care of the rest.
When you arrive at the Remarkables you will be directed into one of our three large carparks. We have a capacity for more than 900 vehicles. Car Park One is a short walk to our base building or you are welcome to catch a ride on one of our free car park shuttles which service all three car parks and run all day from 8am till 5pm.
If you are visiting with children or you have a full car, you are welcome to drive right up to the base building to unload your passengers and equipment before parking and catching one of our shuttles back to the top. Please follow the signage and the directions from our team to get you on the snow as quickly as possible.
distances and transport
getting to the remarkables
The Remarkables Ski Area is a thirty five-minute drive from Queenstown. You can either drive yourself or catch a ride on NZSki’s official bus service. NZSki’s Snowline Express provides return trips to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting) during hours of operation, giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow.
Driving times to the Remarkables ski area
Queenstown 35 mins
Arrowtown 45 mins
Wanaka 1hr 15mins
Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from The Remarkables. The Snowline Express is a daily scheduled bus service that runs from the Queenstown Snow Centre to the ski area. It will collect you at each designated stop along the route when spaces are available.
Departs 8.00am to 11.30am
every 20 mins from the Snow Centre
Returns from 1.30pm onwards
from The Remarkables as buses fill
Check out the ROUTE MAP above for details on our Snowline pickup route.
1 return journey
5 day multi-ride
5 return journeys
10 day multi-ride
10 return journey
P: 0800 365 696
winter safety tips
When skiing or snowboarding at The Remarkables, it’s important to follow the Snow Responsibility Code to ensure both your own and others’ safety on the mountain. It’s also important that you regularly check the snow and weather conditions.
SNOW RESPONSIBILITY CODE
This code is designed to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for everyone on the mountain.
- Stay in control at all times.
Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.
- People below you have the right of way.
The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way, also look above before entering a hill.
- Obey all ski area signage.
Signs are there for your safety, keep out of closed areas.
- Look before you leap.
Scope jumps first, ensure the area is clear of others, use a spotter on blind jumps.
- Stop where you can be seen.
When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above.
- Don't lose what you use.
Equipment must be secured while walking.
- Stay on scene.
If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.
- Respect gets respect.
From the lift line to the slopes and through the park.
It’s also important to:
- Observe ski area boundary closures.
Any lift or boundary closures will be indicated on the day on the website and at Guest Services. If you are not sure, please ask Guest Services, Lift Operators or the Snow Patrol team who will be out and about on the slopes.
- Go slow when you’re in a slow zone.
Slow zones are indicated with bright signage. Please respect these areas by keeping your speed down.
- Ride the right lift.
Our lifts access certain terrain that suits different ability levels. Make sure you have the right lift pass to access the type of lift and terrain for your skiing/riding ability. When riding a lift always ensure the safety bar is lowered on your chair. If you are unsure about the lift, just ask the nearest Lift Operator to slow it down for you. All lifts operate between 9am-4pm daily, weather and snow conditions permitting.
WEATHER & SNOW REPORTS
Mountain weather changes very quickly. To ensure you are safely equipped for the day, make sure you check the full mountain report before you travel to The Remarkables.
The Remarkables Snow Report is published early every morning and updated throughout the day as conditions change. The snow report is also available in print from most accommodation providers and retailers in Queenstown, and broadcast on radio stations in most South Island main centres each morning.
The early morning snow report is accurate at the time it is published, however conditions are subject to rapid change. Be sure to check details on this website and when you arrive on the mountain for the latest information to ensure you make the most of your day at The Remarkables.
AVALANCHE & RESCUE
Our Remarkables Ski Patrol teams are out every day making sure the terrain is safe. Ski Patrol continually observe weather and snow-pack conditions and monitor the snow's increasing or decreasing stability within the ski area throughout the season.
They are also on call to respond to your needs very quickly if an accident or emergency occurs. Search and Rescue (SAR) is most often required outside the ski area boundary and is undertaken by our Remarkables Ski Patrol team. The Ski Patrol team has trained for many years to deal with every form of ski area emergency.
If you decide to go skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry at The Remarkables you need to carry the right safety equipment. Avalanches happen for a reason, so it’s important to choose your terrain wisely.
Please visit the Mountain Safety website for details on requirements to ensure your safe backcountry adventure.
Driving on snow and ice is very different to driving on dry or even wet roads, especially if you are not familiar with these sorts of conditions. You will be required to fit snow chains if our Road Safety team indicate. Fitting chains can apply to both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles so please ensure you check the Road Status signs at the entry to the Coronet Peak ski area access road.
It is important to know when and how to use chains. You must stop and put on chains when indicated on the ski area access roads; signs will indicate when it is compulsory to use chains, but you may also wish to use chains on very slippery surfaces for extra traction.
It is good practice to alert our Ski Patrol with details of your anticipated backcountry trip. You can pop into our Ski Patrol office at any time. Please be aware that our Ski Patrol do not patrol these areas and only venture here in the case of a known emergency.
We also encourage you to watch the North Face video series below, which explains how to make the right decisions for skiing out of bounds and in the backcountry. There are five videos in the series .