​Touring & Backcountry

We want to keep you safe while you get out and skin up at The Remarkables! 

Our operations for 2020  are currently set at 7 days a week during school holidays (4th - 19th of July) then Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of season. 

Please Note: This is subject to change as the season continues. While the ski area is NOT IN OPERATION during the week please observe the following guidelines:

  • Treat all inbound areas of the ski area as BACKCOUNTRY TERRAIN. Patrol will not be managing the avalanche hazard for skier safety when the field is NOT IN OPERATION.
  • There is still the possibility of EXPLOSIVE control work happening mid week. This will be indicated at the bottom of the access road and at Patrol. It is your responsibility to check in at Patrol EVERY TIME you are going to access the backcountry via the ski field. Access into the backcountry when control work is happening is by the safe access route ONLY.
  • Please park in Car park 1 or 2. Do not leave cars in the Drop-zone.
  • The road will only be maintained to minimum access mid-week.
  • Closures possible due to weather and machinery. Respect all signage.

 

Alta Turquoise to Alta Lake is the designated safe skiing touring route and is the only permitted ski touring route while ski patrol is conducting avalanche control work. 

View our back country touring access guidelines. 

Check out route map.

 

The highest risks for ski tourers are:

  • Disorientation in poor weather or darkness while skiing or riding.
  • Skiing/riding or falling leading to injury and hypothermia.
  • Collision with winch groomer cables, skidoos and stationary equipment.
  • Winch cables are sometimes hard to see and can be buried beneath the snow. There have been cases of winch cables moving causing death.
  • Skidoos take a long time to stop and may not be able to avoid a collision if you are in their path.

Visibility can be severely limited by factors such as cloud, snow/snowmaking and lights from machinery. Never assume that you have been seen by machinery. 

 

Please follow these safety tips: 

  • Ski touring is NOT RECOMMENDED between the hours of 6pm to 6am during the ski season.
  • Do not go alone; bring a friend, and let someone know when you expect to return and when to call emergency services for help.
  • Read the avalanche bulletin appropriate to the terrain you intend to access particularly if going into the back-country.
  • Uphill traffic must use outside of trails and remain visible from above at all times.

 

The Remarkables does not provide Patrol response when closed, or for incidents outside the ski area. Please call 111 for all such emergencies.

Take responsibility for your own safety and be equipped.

Avalanches happen, so it’s important to choose your terrain wisely. The Remarakbles access is managed carefully by The Remarkables Patrol. 

It is good practice to provide a contact person with details of your backcountry trip. 

It is your responsibility to check past the Ski Patrol office every time you are heading towards the backcountry. Signs will be in place if Explosives are being used and access is restricted. If they are open feel free to go in and get updates and advice on local conditions and terrain.

Please be aware that our Ski Patrol do not patrol outside the Ski Area Boundary and only venture here in the case of a known emergency. You need to be well prepared and self-sufficient.

Please visit the Mountain Safety website for details on what is required to ensure a safe back country adventure. Other useful links include:

QUEENSTOWN AVALANCHE FORECAST

MOUNTAINSAFETY.ORG.NZ 

ADVENTURESMART.ORG.NZ