Welcome to Queenstown! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am where we waste no time heading off to The Remarkables with a whole day on the slopes ahead of us. En route, we'll stop to pick up any equipment you may have hired. Today offers wide open trails, native Keas (parrots!), spectacular views, sun drenched landscapes and unforgettable runs. There's terrain here like you have never seen before. Known locally as ‘The Remarks' the ski field is located at the eastern end of Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu. Imagine a vast natural amphitheatre hidden in the snow-capped rugged ranges.
Being so high up is a major benefit; it gives the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north-facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap so bring your sun cream! 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 named Homeward Bound.
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.
Slope Info - The Remarkables
Slope Info - Coronet Peak
Slope Info - Cardrona
Hidden in the heart of the Southern Alps, Treble Cone has amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. It's also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain. Treble Cone boasts New Zealand's fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.
From the purpose-built learner area and long groomed intermediate trails, to numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain, there's plenty for everyone here. Treble Cone's proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and, just as importantly, it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds. Renowned for plenty of dry powder, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres. In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a vast number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.
Slope Info - Treble Cone
Slope Info - Ohau
Slope Info - Roundhill
Slope Info - Mt Dobson
Slope Info - Mt Hutt
Slope Info - Porters
Slope Info - Broken River
Today we'll head to either Temple Basin or Mt Olympus, depending on weather conditions. Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and lattes at home. Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Temple (faster and steeper), Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), and Downhill (ridgeline and advanced terrain). You can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular back country area of Mingha Valley. Mt Olympus ski area is also known as ‘the playground of the gods'.
The area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme. From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of options with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens even more terrain in this wide, open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes! When you come off the slopes at the end of a big day we will grab a well-earned drink and dinner (included) at the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge which is our accommodation for the next two nights.
Slope Info - Temple Basin
Slope Info - Mt Olympus
Slope Info - Craigieburn
Slope Info - Craigieburn