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At a Glance
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3 terrain parks
385 hectares 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% expert terrain
1943m high 468m vertical drop
Longest Run Outward Bound 2.5kms
Average Snowfall 3.67m
1 on mountain Ice Bar at Curvey Basin Junction
cafes and restaurants
Rastusburn Coffee Bar
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
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 is the best place to take a well deserved long lunch.
MINI KEA IS A FULL-DAY GROUP PROGRAM RUN EVERYDAY FOR KIDS AGED 4 TO 5 YEARS and is only available at The Remarkables.
Mini Kea includes lift pass, lesson and ski hire and the full-day program includes lunch providing awesome value for your children. Participating in the Mini Kea is an excellent way for children to improve their skills, make new friends and have a great day on the mountain allowing Mum and Dad to get out on the snow.
Only available at The Remarkables you are able to drop children off at our secure area from 9am, here they will be supervised by our staff who will also assist the kids in preparing to go on snow. The program runs from 10am to 4pm.
PLEASE NOTE: If you need childcare for kids under 5 years Coronet Peak has the Skiwiland Early Learning Centre with programs for kids aged 2 months to 5 years. You need to book in to Skiwiland in advance as there are limited spaces. Skiwiland is not available at The Remarkables.
Includes: Morning and afternoon lessons and lunch
Minimum ability level: Open to all ability levels.
The Kea Club is a full-day group lesson program for kids aged 5 to 15 years.
The Kea Club includes lift pass, lesson and ski or snowboard hire options. All Kea Club full-day programs include lunch providing awesome value for your children. Participating in the Kea Club is an excellent way for children to improve their skills, make new friends and have a great day on the mountain.
All of the full day lesson options run from 10am to 4pm and options include:
- Full program; lift pass, ski or snowboard hire and two lessons plus lunch.
- Lift pass, lesson and lunch
- Lesson and lunch only
Children can join group ski lessons from the age of five and group snowboard lessons from the age of eight.
Minimum ability level: Open to all ability levels.
- Please be aware that kids group lesson programs have a maximum group number for safety and optimal learning.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before the lesson starts on the day to secure a place.
- The Kea Club does NOT take reservations.
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.
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 .
ski Touring at the remarkables
The Remarkables is a 24 hour, seven days per week operation with multiple natural and operational hazards. Ski touring within the ski area boundary is dangerous and can result in serious injury so please respect all signage and closures.
You must be aware of avalanche control work using explosives, snow making operations and winch cat grooming machinery operating on the mountain at any time.
Alta Turquoise to Alta Lake, is the designated safe skiing touring route and is the only permitted ski touring route while ski patrol is conducting avalanche control work. Check out route map.
While avalanche control work is underway check The Remarkables Full Report page that will indicate the designated safe skiing touring route needs to be used.
Uphill Access will be showing ‘Restricted Access’ at these times.
A sign at the bottom of the ski area road will also indicate that avalanche control work is currently underway. If unsure whether avalanche control work is currently in progress please check with Ski Patrol before skinning up the hill.
THE HIGHEST RISKS FOR SKI TOURERS ARE:
- Travelling in, adjacent to, or under avalanche paths while ski patrol is performing avalanche control work. Ski patrol routinely performs avalanche control work throughout all areas of the mountain using explosives. During avalanche control, only the designated Alta Turquoise route may be used to skin uphill. All other areas of the mountain are closed to the public! The website will indicate ‘Restricted Access’ for ski touring while avalanche control work is in progress. Please check the website, or with Patrol if unsure about current avalanche control operations.
- Winch cables are impossible to see at times and are extremely dangerous. They can be buried under the snow, move suddenly, and cause serious injury or death.
- Snowmobiles travelling throughout the ski area may not see you when its dark or when visibility is poor. Don’t assume that the operator has seen you even if you can see them. - Disorientation in poor weather or darkness.
- Getting injured outside of normal ski area operational hours. Ski Patrol is not present on the mountain outside of normal ski area operational hours and is therefore unable to respond to injuries on the hill. Should one occur please call 111, but be aware that response times can be very long.
- Visibility can be severely limited due to a variety of factors. Never assume that you have been seen by the machine operator just because you can see it.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SAFETY TIPS:
- Stay informed. If ‘Restricted Access’ is posted on the website under ‘Uphill Access’, this indicates that Ski Patrol is conducting avalanche control work and only the designated uphill access route may be used.
- Stay to the side of the trail and wear bright clothing.
- Don’t travel alone. Bring a friend and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Read the avalanche bulletin to find out what the current avalanche conditions in the backcountry are.
- Observe and respect all ropes, signs, and closures.
- Take responsibility for your own safety and be equipped with the proper gear.
getting to the remarkables
The Remarkables Ski Area is a 37 minute drive from Queenstown. You can either drive yourself or catch a ride on The Remarkables bus transport service. Snowline Express provides return bus transport 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. If you are self-driving please check out our Safe Driving tips.
Driving times to the Remarkables ski area
Queenstown 37 mins
Arrowtown 45 mins
Wanaka 1hr 25mins
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.