Queenstown’s second snow field all set for opening

Queenstown’s second skifield The Remarkables is ready for opening tomorrow (Saturday) – and it’s operator is offering locals a week’s access at a bargain price.

The Remarkables is expected to open with 20 centimetres of on-trail snow plus a cold snap and expected snow in the short-term forecast.

Operator NZSki, which opened sister skifield Coronet Peak last Saturday, is offering Wakatipu residents five days skiing and riding up The Remarkables for the price of a day pass to promote the opening.

To get the ‘locals only’ special, people must bring proof of residence – such as a rates or utility bill – to the Queenstown Snow Centre or The Remarkables guest services desk. It applies to residents in Kingston, Arrowtown, Queenstown and Glenorchy. The pass allows holders to ride from Monday, June18 to Friday June 22.

Tomorrow, The Remarkables’ Alta Chair and Sugar Bowl Chair will be available along with two magic carpets in the learners area.

It’s park will also be open with seven snowboard and ski features – beginner features will be at Casterway.

The Remarkables ski area boss Ross Lawrence says it’s fantastic to be opening on time and great news for Queenstown.

“We’re all set to open and crank it up for the season and our team just can’t wait,” he says. 

The Remarkables ski area team has recruited eight Remarkables Primary students who won a snow art competition to help out on the day.

Two students will be helping Lawrence around the mountain, two more will be hosting and giving out Meadow Fresh flavoured milk and Tararua Real Iced Coffee to those waiting for the first chair at 9am, whilst another two will ride the first chairlift of the season with characters Spike and Shred.