This is the year to get that feeling of true freedom, and learn to ski or board at the Remarkables. Why? Because the popular 385ha ski field 40 minutes from downtown Queenstown in New Zealand is scheduled to grow the learner terrain by 70 percent, installing a new conveyor to access the area.
The additional 8,000m2 of learner’s terrain directly accessible from the base building, will improve the experience for novice riders massively, says The Remarkables Ski Area Manager Ross Lawrence.
“The learner experience is about progression, so providing another step will get guests feeling even more comfortable and capable as they gradually move up the mountain.”
A 160m conveyor is in the planning, accessing this new area, located where the old base building was and close to Alta Chair. It is another degree steeper than the first learner slope.
Alta is a four-seater chair lift accessing a beginner run, and is usually the first chair novices will take.
A trail left of the new area will provide skiers access down to existing Shadow Basin lift.
Remarkables is the home of progression with its parks program including the new Remarkables Snow Sports Academy for youth launched last year, and the Ski Queens and Snow Broads camps for female riders, run throughout the season.
Last year, The Remarkables enclosed its main double learner’s conveyor lift with a gallery, a slinky-style transparent tunnel to keep guests dry and protected as they head up the slope.
Also new in 2018 at The Remarkables is a better food and beverage operation, investment in roading and transport, upgrades to the kids Kea Club space, new rental stock and better progression signage. Here are the details:
- To keep up with demand for favourites such as pies, chips and pastries, there are new hot cabinets and a larger prep area at the “grab & go” side in the base building food court to enable faster refills. Fine tuning of the barista bar will also provide an even more efficient coffee service.
- The popular Ice bar is getting purpose-built BBQs to keep bacon butties and other yummy bites cooking in almost all weather conditions.
- For the kids, the Kea club dining area gets its own cabinets and cubbyhole storage plus a hot drink stand for easier delivery of drinks and coordination of hot food by staff. This will create a larger, tidier space for 4-17 year olds in The Remarkables Kea program.
- A brand new purpose-built grit tuck will enable more efficient removal of snow on the sealed section of road.
- The state of the art rental system replaces 20% new stock in the rentals operation including skis, boots, poles, helmets, boards & boots.
- Trail signage will now highlight red sitting in between black and blue runs. Red denotes a steeper gradient than blue runs but not as steep or intimidating as black runs for advanced skier and boarders.
- The transport fleet adds a MAN 4WD bus to accommodate greater numbers of guests using the convenient town-to-mountain bus service. The fleet now stands at 12 for The Remarkables and its sister field, Coronet Peak.
Targeted opening date: Saturday 9 June, 2018
Anticipated Closing Date: Sunday 7 October, 2018
(Subject to weather conditions)
Operating Hours: 9am to 4pm
Freephone: NZ: 0800 697 547