The Remarkables

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The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown.

The Remarkables are a mountain range and skifield in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, the range lives up to its name by rising sharply to create an impressive backdrop for the waters. The range is clearly visible from the nearby town of Queenstown.

The highest point in the range is Double Cone (2319 metres) with Ben Nevis (2234 metres, named after the Scottish mountain of the same name) further south in the Hector mountains.[citation needed]

There are a number of small lakes on the mountains including Lake Alta which forms part of the Remarkables Skifield.

The mountains were named The Remarkables by Alexander Garvie in 1857-58,[1] allegedly because they are one of only two mountain ranges in the world which run directly north to south.[citation needed] An alternate explanation for the name given by locals is that early Queenstown settlers, upon seeing the mountain range during sunset one evening, named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

Skifield[edit]

During the winter months The Remarkables skifield has skiing and other winter activities. The ski area has three mountain bowls covering 540 acres (2.2 km²). The patrolled area covers 220 ha with six lifts (3 quad chairs, 3 magic carpets, and a tow rope).[citation needed] Terrain is rated as 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. The whole skifield area is 540 acres (2.2 km²) with six lifts. Average annual snowfall is 3.67 metres. In 2007 automated snowmaking was installed and a new snow groomer has also been acquired.[2] There's also a snow tubing park and in 2008 a terrain park was developed. The Remarkables are part of NZSki, which incorporate Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt.

View from the top of the gondola into Queenstown, with Remarkables behind.
The Remarkables Skifields
Elevation 1943 metres
Vertical 357 metres
Skiable Area 220 hectares
Lifts 3 quad chairs, 3 surface conveyor lifts, 1 handle tow
Highest lifted point: 1943 metres
Lowest lift: 1622 metres
Lift Operation 9.00am - 4.00pm
Terrain 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Standard Season 18 June - 16 October
Average Snowfall 3.67 metres per year (excluding snowmaking)
Snowmaking Halfpipe, terrain park, beginners' area, Alta Green, Casterway, Gotham City & Turquoise novice trails and Ozone Tubing Park
Nearest Town Queenstown (28 km/45 minutes)
Shuttle Services Multiple daily return services from Queenstown
Panorama of the Remarkables and surroundings from their northern end.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller. F.W.G. (1949) Golden Days of Lake County. Whitcomb and Toombs. Pg 352.
  2. ^ Louisson, Simon (4 April 2007). "Queenstown pushes power of popularity". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 45°09′S 168°50′E / 45.150°S 168.833°E / -45.150; 168.833