Touring & Backcountry
We want to keep you safe while you get out and skin up at The Remarkables!
The Remarkables is a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation with multiple natural and operational hazards. Ski touring within the ski area boundary is dangerous and can result in serious injury so please respect ALL CLOSURES – especially Winch Cat signs. All areas of the mountain are winch groomed on a daily basis with activity concentrated around the Curvy Basin.
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.
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 PERMITTED during the hours of 6pm to 6am during the ski season (1st June to 9th October).
- Do not go alone; bring a friend, and let someone know when you expect to return and when to call emergency services for help.
- Ski down what you skin up, so you are aware of conditions and operations.
- Read the avalanche bulletin appropriate to the terrain you intend to access particularly if going into the backcountry.
- 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. You can also pop into our Ski Patrol office at any time during opening hours to check on local conditions. 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.
QUEENSTOWN AVALANCHE FORECAST: https://www.avalanche.net.nz/region/10