THE REMARKABLES, New Zealand

The Remarkables nabs the top spot when it comes to family skiing in Oceania. Why? It’s not overly commercialized, has a relaxed homey vibe, is less crowded and gets better snow cover than its neighbors. There’s also a wide range of activities (snow tubing park) and learning programs to suit all abilities such as a network of progressive terrain parks with wide, gentle slopes for newbies and big mountain steeps for the more experienced in the group. Events are plentiful too, from mini park battles and eating contests to gigs on the slopes. Best of all it’s where the Lord of the Rings was filmed. Second best of all: children 10 years and under get to ski for free.

When to go: Mid June to Late September

Terrain: 544 acres: beginners 30%, intermediates 40%, advanced 30%

Lifts: Three quad chairs, three surface lifts, one handle tow

Longest run: Homeward Run—1.5 miles

Apres-ski: Fully-licensed cafe and bar and Snack Shack on the snow. 

Resort facilities: Snowsports school, ski and snowboard rental shop, ski retail outlet, licensed day care center and children’s programs, first aid and emergency services.

Ski pass prices: Lift tickets cost $97 (NZD)

Transportation: Snowline Express costs $15 to return from Queenstown Snow Centre, departs every 20 minutes during peak times with pick-ups at designated stops when space is available. Snowline Hotel Pick is $30 (Adult), $20 (Youth 17 & under) per person for a return trip. Pick-ups from designated Queenstown accommodation providers.