Remarkables Ski Field

Client: Arrow International, NZ Ski
Location: Remarkables Ski Field, Queenstown
Fabricator: Vistalite Otago
Date Installed:  July 2015
WGANZ Award Type: Designing With Glass

Objectives of the Project

The core objective of this project is to create a complex that is designed to accommodate 3,500 guests per day, housing guest services, the snow sport school, retail tenancies, rental equipment and guest toilets. As well as this an extensive restaurant and cafe services skiers from throughout the country and the rest of the world, with a 10-metre-high glass frontage to the ski area that provides customers with extensive views of the ski area terrain and lifts.

Target Market

The many international tourists that come to New Zealand each year to be Domestic and International skiers.

The Special Challenges We Faced

  • Extremely challenging glazing conditions (winds, snow blizzards and -20-degree temperatures). It snows every month of the year in this part of New Zealand.
  • These challenges also meant that the balustrades required specific engineering to cater for the high wind zone.
  • Access was extremely difficult to the site, requiring our glazing trucks to be towed up the 17km ski field access road.
  • The project had a very tight time frame as it was essential that it opened in time for the 2015 season.

Products We Used

18mm super spacer insulated glass units with capillary tubes.

19mm clear toughened glass balustrades – wind zones were extreme so specifically engineered. However, for the balustrade they were designed to meet C5 occupancy. The steel posts were specifically designed with peaks at the top and 2 edge point fixed. In the damage caused over Xmas the building was hit with 230km/h + winds at which no balustrade panel was broken.


Incredible new facility which is also incorporated design elements from the surrounding environment using glass in its unique way to enhance this.

Wrap-around glass balustrade decks open up to the ski area, provide seating for 500 people (additional to the 700 seats inside), and offer views across the Wakatipu Basin on the opposite side.


This is the most substantial ski area investment made in the Southern Lakes area since the base building upgrade at Coronet Peak in 2007 and has enabled an increase in skiers from 2,500 to 3,500 per day. Glass is used throughout this project and enhances the building by allowing expansive views of the ski field and the Wakatipu basin.

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