Riding Around the Range @ Remarkables, New Zealand

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The Remarkables is one of my favorite places to ski…why?


Remarkables, New Zealand – August 19th, 2016



Back in Mid-August of 2016, a father and son team (as well as our good pal Reese) descended upon a Southern Hemisphere gem…The Remarkables ski field near Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on the southern part of the South Island, the Remarkables is a mini mountain range by its own right. Running in a true North to South fashion and separated by the rest of the Southern Alps, not only does it have impeccable scenery but it also holds some absolutely radical terrain. To help us document the journey, the legendary Queenstown photographer, Miles Holden joined us up on his hometown slopes.

On this trip, after a day getting our ski legs acclimatized at their sister resort, Coronet Peak, we spent the majority of our time at The Remarks lapping up the Shadow Basin lift.
You see, from this lift, the possibilities are almost as endless as the views. From intermediate groomers, wide open bowl of Homeward and Outward Bound to the steeps of the Alta Chutes, one can literally spend all day checking the boxes.

After a decent dusting of new snow and some favorable wind depositing, we were fortunate to find near ideal conditions for a ski holiday.
The snow up in Southern facing Alta Chutes was crisp, cold and chalky in contrast to the perfect corn on the lower half of Homeward Bound. You could say that we weren’t too hot nor too cold…perfect weather for exploring and giving my 8 year old those much needed ‘steep techniques.’


Hop, skip and a jump from San Francisco…

Time warp to NZ

We parked next to another AirNZ plane, so are we in NZ YET???

Traveling buddy with doughnut…

Here’s a photo of our plane…flying through the air

Sunrise over the South Pacific

And just like that, we’ve made it to Winter!

Southern Alps, New Zealand

Upon arrival in Queenstown, our good mate Seth Holden told security to send us back to America…

Kiwis are friendly…even through glass

And then without blinking, we were on the slopes of Coronet Peak…

Snow sliding can commence…

Reese takes no time adjusting to the time zone…

Reese laying down some arcs…

While the grom heads straight to Heidi’s Hut for a ski snack…

Pizza anyone?

Coronet Peak has some tremendous rolling terrain with impeccable views…

Casey Cane cleans off some edge rust – Coronet Peak, NZ

The little guy makes a big turn above Lake Wakatipu…

Holden Cane – Coronet Peak, NZ

The next morning, we headed up to The Remarks…

A Kiwi ski access road…

And luckily for us, we were greeted with fresh snow and blue skies…

Shadow lift – mid station…

The views of Sugar Bowl and Curvey Basin lifts from the Alta Chutes show the varied terrain…

Remarkables, New Zealand – photo: Miles Holden

Lake Hayes morning reflections are a bonus after hiking to the Alta Chutes…

Lake Hayes, NZ – photo: Miles Holden

Reese takes a far lap down Mid-Station Bowl…

Reese enjoying the moment…

The terrain behind Coronet Peak is breathtaking…

Coronet Peak from The Remarks – photo: Miles Holden

First run for this guy didn’t disappoint either…

Casey Cane in the Moment on Elevator Chute…

Hmmmm…the second run down Diagonalator wasn’t exactly horrible…

Morning fluff at Remarkables – photo: Miles Holden

This picture shows off the snow quality quite ‘remarkably’

Casey Cane, male ski model – photo: Miles Holden

Rolling out of Diagonalator above Alta Lake…

Skiing is fun – photo: Miles Holden

Reese makes a run for Alta Lake as well…

Reese, a skier from America…

Miles Holden can also ski quite well…good on ya’

Miles eating up some fluffy snow…

The Alta Chutes in all its glory…

Alta Chutes – Remarkables, New Zealand

Pipeline is a fun line and one my favorites…

Pipeline – Alta Chutes

While Miles took a few laps with the grom, Reece and I did another Alta Chutes lap…

Curvey Basin – Remarkables

Reese was born to exercise…with skis on his shoulder

Views galore – Southern Alps, NZ

Make sure you know where you are going in the Chutes…

Watch that rollover…

The iconic Double Cone watches our every move…

Double Cone – 2319 meters

Reese makes his way down The Nose…

Reece making it look easy…

Sometimes it would be nice if a son would wait for his dad…

Holden Cane finding the goods…

Glen showed up, so we took an Outward lap…

Glen, a Kiwi snowboarder…

Hey look, I can see Lake Hayes again…

Casey Cane slashing in Outward Bound…

Homeward Bound is fun for the whole family…

Holden Cane having fun in NZ

Glen airs over some tussock…

Glen Legget – Outward Bound, Remarkables, NZ

Ok guys, just warm up near the fire and we’ll see you in the morning…

Ski boot love – Frankton, NZ

Perfect ending to a classic NZ ski day…

Lake Wakatipu sunset – Queenstown, NZ

But then again, maybe we should grab dinner…

Downtown Queenstown, NZ

After some sleep, I grabbed a coffee, stepped outside and said hello to the day…

Queenstown sunrise…

First run, first hike to The Chutes…

What scenery? photo: Miles Holden

The token shot of Lake Wakatipu from The Remarkables…

View? What view?

In case you wanted to see more snow…

Mountains surrounding Queenstown, NZ

When you have the snow sickness, the first run of the day can be just what the doctor ordered…

Diagonalator at the Remarkables, NZ – photo: Miles Holden

Oh boy, fun at the Remarks!

Wintery bliss – photo: Miles Holden

Slashing down a snowy ridge has its perks…

Casey Cane in Alta Chutes – photo: Miles Holden

Here’s a shot of an old man making an off-piste turn…

Casey Cane above Alta Lake – photo: Miles Holden

The annual Telex descent is upon us…

Intimidating Telex in Alta Chutes…

This is one of those lines where you pre-plan every turn…

Casey Cane – A Moment in Telex

On the next lap, Reese laughs his way back to the Shadow Basin lift…

Reese skiing down a snowy slope in NZ…

Time for the grom to hike his way to the Chutes, but I’ll carry his boards…

Hey kid, experts only!

Dad, I made it…now what?

Little bro hiking for turns…

And he’s out of the gate down Elevator…

Holden Cane in Alta Chutes – Remarkables, NZ

Reese attempts to catch the kid…

Reese descends Elevator – Alta Chutes

And he’s on his way to the traverse…

American kid skiing NZ…

Ok, so I had to sneak in one more turn…

Dad lines…

Or maybe he made a few more turns under the lights…

Coronet Peak Night Skiing…

Goodbye downtown Queenstown, see you again soon…

Downtown Queenstown, NZ

Not a bad parting shot from the flight up to Auckland…

Southern Alps, NZ


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