Skiing at The Remarkables, New Zealand
When we first started looking at New Zealand skiing was my top must do things. Katie had never skied before but ill come to that later!
So when we rocked up in New Zealand towards the end of winter I was in awe of the snowy mountains. The Queenstown scenery really makes this town wonderful and when we arrived they had just had some fresh snow and the sun was out. Perfect!
We booked our ski trip with the Snow Centre and NZ Ski and then picked up all of our gear from Snow Hire in the town. An adult lift pass is around $96 for one day, with equipment hire around $22 per day for ski hire and $20 a day for clothing hire. But obviously they have deals on all winter and you can save money when you buy in bulk.
We had put aside two days for skiing in to our schedule so when Katie decided she hated skiing after hitting the baby slope and falling over once I was on my own. Katie sat in the cafe most of the day whilst I went off to practice for the remainder of the day. The second day however was my best day in New Zealand so far.
The day started with an early bus ride up to the The Remarkables which from Queenstown took around an hour with stop offs and drop offs. The journey up is a delight in itself providing you with incredible views of Queenstown and Frankton. The slopes looked as I had I had imagined however the resort part was much smaller than other resorts I have visited before. There was a cafe and reception area where you could buy your lift pass and hire your equipment.
I then went off on my own up on the chair lifts to the top and made my way up and down some of the blue and green slopes down across the mountain. I found the slopes very well planned out and you never felt crowded by people and the various lessons going on.
I then grabbed some lunch in the form of a sandwich from Bob Weighs in the town (I had taken it with me as it was cheaper). However, the cafe seemed to do lots of good food and the other skiers were taking full advantage of it. After refuelling I was ready to hit the slopes again!
The Remarkables are a great mountain range which has slopes to suit every ability: they do beginner and intermediate lessons for adults and children – both skiing and snowboarding and they also have many blue, green and black slopes for those more advanced. The place seemed very family friendly, but also appealed to me, a backpacker.
Despite loosing my companion for skiing on the trip I still had a great day and just loved being out in the mountain air.
I can’t wait to go skiing again!
Thanks to NZ Ski for providing me with a complimentary lift pass for the day so I could hit the slopes in The Remarkables. All views are my own, etc, etc.
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