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The Remarkables ready for the winter
In advance of the 2016 ski season, highly-anticipated improvements to Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski area access road and car parking are complete.
After sealing the first 4 kilometres of the access road in time for last season, this year another 5.5 kilometres of road has been sealed, taking the new smooth surface through to the 9.5 kilometre mark.
Coupled with safety and drainage works, access to the alpine playground is now safer and more comfortable trip.
As part of a $45 million investment over the past three summers, the road has been widened in places, improvements made to key corners and 14 new culverts installed to help manage storm water.
The safety of the road has also been improved with additional and upgraded barriers and signage.
At the top of the mountain, 150 new car parks have been added to Car Park 4 alongside the existing Homeward pick up, offering skiers an additional 45.5 hectares of lift-accessed skiable terrain from the Shadow Basin chair.
The new improvements further enhance The Remarkables’ appeal as a favourite ski destination for domestic and international visitors, offering more comfortable and quicker access for self-drivers and those jumping on NZSki’s Snowline transport for the ultimate hassle-free trip to the snow.
After two seasons operating Curvey Basin chairlift, the new trails have bedded in nicely and our regulars have already identified their favourite off-piste ‘lines’ across, around and down the basin.
The Remarkables Ski Area Manager Ross Lawrence says he’s delighted that planned improvements to the ski field have all been given a big tick well ahead of the scheduled season start on 18th June.
Lawrence explains “there’s a real sense of excitement up at The Remarks as winter approaches and the first dump of snow arrives.
“We’re thrilled that this year’s road sealing project is now complete and couldn’t be happier with the result. This is an improvement that everyone will benefit from.
“The trail network now provides more options for all levels of skier and rider ability.”
The striking new base building was a massive hit with guests during the 2015 season. In particular, guest feedback focused on how close the building is located to the slopes, the increased convenience of rentals, ticketing and snow sports, as well as the fantastic restaurant and café menus offered on the upper level.
For more information go to www.nzski.com
Lower images show the sealed road to The Remarkables.
16th April 2016 - SOUTH ISLAND’S REMARKABLES SKI AREA AIMS FOR A BIGGER AND BETTER 2016
2nd March 2016 - QUEENSTOWN SKI AREAS JOIN THE MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE
23rd December 2015 - NZSKI SEASON PASSES AIMED AT INCREASING SNOW SPORTS PARTICIPATION
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