The Remarkables Ski Field is a training ground for important pooches
Queenstown local Brad Saville spends each winter patrolling the Remarkables Ski Area. At the end of the 2018 ski season, Brad decided he would like to add a new member to the patrolling team and so, after going through the process to being approved as an avalanche dog handler, he found his perfect pup - Bomber, a curly-haired retriever.
Bomber joined the patrol team in 2019 and is now back for the 2020 winter season. Learn more about Brad and Bomber's journey on the video below and keep an eye out for them at The Remarkables this winter!
Coronet Peak is home to New Zealand’s only Night Ski
If you’ve never experienced Night Ski, you'll know it is definitely something to add to the bucket list. Check out incredible sunsets before you shred down wide open floodlit trails from 4-9pm every Wednesday and Friday night until the end of August.
The team at Coronet Peak make sure there is an exciting line up of live music acts and DJs, lots of mulled wine and cool beer to sip on between runs. Non-skiers and non-borders are also welcome, with outdoor fire pits to keep toasty and a great atmosphere to keep you entertained. Keep up to date with Coronet Peak's night ski here.
Queenstown has some of the best backcountry skiing in the country
It may not come as a surprise that Queenstown is surrounded by backcountry ski terrain, considering it's location in the Southern Alps.
The closest and some of the most easily accessible terrain in the area is located on Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. On Coronet Peak, Sarah Sue, the western most run on the mountain, is the designated touring route. On The Remarkables Alta Turquoise to Alta Lake is the only permitted ski touring route while ski patrol is conducting avalanche control work.
If you're an experienced backcountry skier, there are hundreds of kilometres of snow to explore. You can read more about backcountry skiing in Queenstown here.
Backcountry skiing in Queenstown
You can sleep amongst the snow at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona’s Alpine Resort’s Alpine Apartments are located above the ski rentals at Cardrona, a 1-minute walk from the ski lifts – perfect for a group of ski obsessed friends or a family accommodating anywhere from 2-10 people. The apartments are self-catering with kitchen facilities in each room but if you're not into cooking on holiday The Mezz Café is fully licensed and open for dinner each night.
The apartments book out for the winter season pretty quickly so if this sounds like a little bit of you, get booking your Queenstown winter trip now.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Treble Cone and Cardrona are operating a dual mountain offering this season
Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most extensive terrain park facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, and Treble Cone has the longest vertical rise, put those together on one ski pass and you have the best of both worlds.
If you're here for a long weekend you can ski one field one day, another the next and chose your favourite to ski for the final day. Wicked!
The Remarkables Ski Area is home to a number of Kea
NZ Ski has a five-year partnership with The Kea Conservation Trust to bring back the kea at The Remarkables. Through this partnership, NZ Ski provides funds for research and education and the team at The Remarkables works ensure the mountain is a habitable environment for kea to enjoy.
During the 2019 season, there was 7-8 kea living at The Remarkables. If you spot any kea with a band on their leg they are probably part of the crew that live at The Remarkables during winter!
Kea at The Remarkables