Top spots for freeride at The Remarkables
The Shadow Basin chairlift is basically a trip to freeride heaven! A 10-minute walk up on your right will bring you to a lookout, where you can take in an aerial view of Queenstown before going downhill. This area is called the Highway and has many different routes for you to explore. Don’t feel like going for a walk? Leave the upper part for another day and just go down the lower routes.
An uphill hike to your left will take you to the famous Alta Chutes, named after the stunning accompanying lake. The Elevator and Escalator in that section are great for steep and exposed skiing and lead you to another epic freeride zone, called East Knoll. This area includes Boulder Basin, East Face, The Nose and Front Face.
Get stoked to discover the freeride near Curvey Basin, because there’s some good fun to be had! Straight above the lift is a freeride area that our lifties call Centurion/Ambush. Don’t let that stray your attention from the area on the left side of the lift though, which we call Curvey Headwall. The possibilities there are endless! Straight through the Curvey Headwall runs a manmade crossing that takes you to the Gallipoli Chutes, no hiking or climbing necessary.
Sugar Basin has some great freeride options for you! A little hike to the right leads you to some steep, highly technical terrain. A little hike to the left, beyond the gates, brings you to the side of the mountain that gets the least amount of sun. And you know what that means… some great quality snow, possibly the best of the entire ski resort!
Want to develop your skills a little bit before you conquer these advanced freeride terrains? The concept park Burton Stash is a natural course constructed from organic elements, making it perfect for practising your techniques beforehand!