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Our very own, Tim Chupka took a little trip.......

Read his adventure below


It was October 5th and a bluebird day, New Zealand's springtime skiing, in the southern Alps (as they call them). The resort called,  The Remarkables was just a short drive via their daily bus from downtown Queenstown. The folks in town and at the mountain were very welcoming. You can rent skis and ski clothing at the mountain.


The Remarkables themselves receives fantastic natural snow, supported by over 100 snow guns for consistent coverage all season. Elevation is 1943 m, vertical 357 m, 30% beginners, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced. It is one of four resorts. The others are Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine and Treble. They are all close enough to Queenstown to make that your home base. My favorite runs were off a lift called Shadow Basin, with both blue and black runs. My favorite run was Calypso. At the top of the lift, it is worth the short hike up to a lookout point overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, get ready to take a few photos!


You will not be disappointed by staying in Queenstown! It’s on the waters edge of Lake Wakatipu with sharp-shaped mountains as the backdrop, making for spectacular views! After full day of skiing, go downtown and relax with a beverage of your choice.


The town has all the charm you would want. When you get hungry as you walking around town, stop in at The Queentowns Bakery for their noted sausage roll or mini meat pie. Stop by Pog Mahones Irsh Pub and Restaurant for a pint and a beautiful view of the town and the lake. You will have wonderful dining choices (Flame Bar and Grill, Public Kitchen and Bar and so, so many more choices $-$$$). Note we were there only for two days so this description does not do Queenstown justice. There is a wide range of quality shops. There are private and group boat cruises, hiking, biking, and yes skiing!


I highly suggest if you fly halfway around the world, you need to do all of Australia! You will love it. I was very fortunate to have snorkeled at the Great Barrier Reef, Skied in New Zealand and Golfed in Fiji. 


Your pal, Tim Chupka

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