The Remarkables is committed to caring for our planet and ensuring snow for future generations by implementing excellent environmental management practices.
We encourage all our guests to ride-share or to take our buses up the mountain to help cut carbon emissions down.
One of our buses can offset 50-60 car trips. In 2018 this meant our buses eliminated over 52,000 car trips to our Queenstown ski areas.
On the Snow
Our snowmaking machines are state of the art which means they’re energy efficient when using both power and water to make snow. All the water in our snow making reservoirs is recycled, coming from natural sources like rain or snow melt.
Our fleet of groomers are being upgraded with new PB600s featuring SnowSAT. SnowSAT is a program that allows our team to groom slopes more efficiently. As they drive over snow, SnowSAT measures the amount of snow underneath the groomer ensuring we only take it from areas where there is excess and push it to areas that need it. This new system means 15% less power and diesel used when grooming our slopes.
Over the past couple of years, we have significantly reduced waste in our café and restaurant through a few different initiatives:
- Replaced all single packet sauces with catering size bottles so guests can help themselves
- Replaced single-use plastic food packaging with ceramic dishes or compostable/recyclable boxes
- Replaced all takeaway cups with ceramic cups, saving over 70,000 coffee cups from going to landfill 2019
- Installed three drinking fountains, removing paper cups and replacing them with re-usable ones
Food & Beverage Recycle
As well as reducing waste we have a couple of recycling initiatives we’re pretty proud of.
Our cardboard bailer compacts our cardboard waste on mountain meaning less trips transporting it off the mountain to the recycle centre reducing emissions.
All our compostable waste, including coffee grinds, is collected and taken to our big compost pit at the bottom of the access road.
Our work needs to be wider reaching that just our ski area. So last year we donated additional funds to the Kea Conservation Trust for their Ben Lomond project to research kea living there, update signage to educate visitors about kea and lay traplines to get rid of pests.
We also run events during winter to help raise funds for community groups like our annual Run up the Road event that supports the Cancer Society.