The Remarkables ski field, or The Remarks, sits on the backside of the iconic Remarkables Range. Although one of NZ’s super commercial fields, it is reasonably small, with only 220 hectares of terrain and 357 metres of vertical drop.
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The annual snowfall is not that remarkable at only 3.7 metres, however the snow is generally dry for New Zealand. This also means blue days are common. Given that The Remarks is set out over a number of basins, it can often stay open when other fields are forced to close. Like many commercial fields in New Zealand The Remarks has significant snow making. As a result the field is usually open from the 18th of June to the 16th October.
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The Remarkables sit in previously glaciated terrain, which consists of three cirque basins- flatter bottomed valleys with steep surrounding walls and peaks. Although set amongst steep alpine terrain the majority of the lift accessed terrain at the Remarkables is quite mellow. With the exception of a few lines off Shadow Basin chair and Home Run. However the hikeable terrain on offer can be exceptional.
The Remarks have attempted to carve itself a niche in the freestyle market, with a fairly extensive park. A few years ago The Remarks spent a significant amount of money constructing a high country themed terrain park, complete with stone buildings and rustic rails. Although this is unique the freestyle terrain on offer at Cardrona is more extensive.
There are 4 chair lifts (a speedy 6-seater, 3 quad chairs), 3 magic carpets and a shuttle bus. One of the first things you notice about The Remarks is that the lifts don’t all go in the same direction. Different chairs head into different basins, which consequently segments the terrain. This segmentation creates a lot of slack country with multiple steep lines on offer after a chair ride and a small hike.
Like Coronet, The Remarks day ticket is $99, with a season pass for both fields just an extra 9 at $999
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The Remarkables is a 35-45 minute drive from Queenstown up steep but mostly sealed road.
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Has a terrain park, the terrain off the lift is intermediate but if you are prepared to hike or catch the Home Run shuttle bus the terrain and skiing can be exceptional in the right conditions.
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