Day 1: Queenstown | The Remarkables
Kia ora and welcome to Queenstown! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to The Remarkables. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.
On offer today for your delight: wide open trails, native Keas, powder snow, spectacular views, sun drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There's terrain here like you have never seen before, and, if you're prepared to exercise the legs a little, you will discover some of the longest off-piste runs around.
The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north-facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap.
The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1935 metres, The Remarks has something for everyone as the terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand: the long, fast sweep called Homeward Bound.
The Remarks is a great place to learn to ski, with a series of sheltered bowls all accessed by chair lifts; nearly three quarters of the slopes are rated beginner to intermediate. There are also plenty of off-piste challenges if you’re more inclined towards the extreme.
The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the free riders out there.
Breakfast, Lift Pass
**OPTIONAL ADD-ONS ** Ski + poles hire (choice of standard or premium equipment) Board + boots hire (choice of standard or premium equipment) Clothing hire (jacket + pants, also available individually) Beginner or novice lessons (each includes 2 x 2 hour lessons)
SLOPE INFO - The Remarkables
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Skiable Area: 220ha
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