So, what’s so remarkable? Maybe it’s the highest mountain range surrounding Queenstown? Maybe it’s the true alpine experience? Maybe it’s the scenery? Our bet is probably on the scenery, especially considering that The Remarkables are the most photographed ranges in the world. Just 45 minutes' drive from Queenstown, The Remarkables ski resort offers a true alpine experience in 3 sunny bowls where 220 skiable hectares of terrain spreads across 700 hectares of reserve.
The Remarkables ski terrain is very well suited to beginners, and there are some advanced slopes and steep chutes for extreme skiers who don’t mind going for a hike. The downside though is that the ski terrain is reasonably small with only 220 hectares and 357 metres of vertical drop, plus the resort lacks any decent groomers for cruising. Intermediates would be best placed to pick another nearby ski resort. Fly to Christchurch and overland, or fly direct to Queenstown.
The Remarkables is the perfect place to start out with enough 'big mountain' terrain to satisfy the pros too. Located an easy 30 minutes from the hub of Queenstown, The Remarkables snow season runs from late June to early October. There are 7 lifts and 3 main terrain parks – The Stash, The Big Park and Tric Beginners Park. You can check out the latest conditions via snow cam here.
Unfortunately, The Remarkables accommodation options don’t include on-mountain lodging. But there’s no shortage of places to stay nearby in Queenstown. Party town Queenstown is a favourite thanks to its wicked nightlife and access to sweet adventure activities like bungy jumping. There are stacks of accommodation here to, including hostels, hotels, motels, apartments, B&Bs and lodges.