At 2086m, Mt Hutt has one of the largest vertical drops in the South Island and the greatest variety of terrain ranging from long, super-wide groomed runs to double black diamond chutes. And the views from the summit are breathtaking. On a clear day you can see all the way across the patch-worked Canterbury Plains out to the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other.
Home to one of the longest seasons in the Southern Hemisphere, Mt Hutt has a well developed trail network suited to all snow lovers, from the total beginner through to the world’s top racers and riders.
It is also famous for its steep off-piste chutes and extensive powder bowls, highly regarded by expert skiers and riders.
Renowned for its big snow, advanced skiers and riders test their skills in the main bowl or head for the steeper challenges of South Face or the Rakaia Chutes. Novices can cruise on wide open trails and beginners can enjoy their own dedicated area with an enclosed Magic Carpet, tucked away from the main traffic.
Facilities and service are world-class with modern chairlifts, two terrain parks allowing total progression with a beginner/novice mini park and stretching to a 10,000sqm advanced level park. The base building is warm and comfortable with an expansive sun deck and the Kiwi atmosphere is evident everywhere, particularly in the parking lot where regular visitors set up their portable BBQs for an informal lunch.
A busy events calendar keeps all ages entertained throughout the season and further spectator action and inspiration can be found at Mt Hutt’s race arena, known as the Redbull ‘Capital of Speed’, where many of the world’s greatest skiers come to train.
Mt Hutt is very family-friendly and children aged between two and 15 love the variety of programmes ranging from the Skiwiland Early Learning Centre to advanced ski and snowboard lessons including a great selection of school holiday programmes. Children aged ten and under enjoy free day lift passes every day of the season (For more information visit www.kids4free.co.nz). And the natural bowl of the main ski area makes it easy to keep track of family members from the sunny deck.
New radio frequency lift passes make access to Mt Hutt quicker and easier than ever before. With selfpurchase kiosks at various locations on the mountain and an easy-to-use online store, this system is the ski lift pass of the future.
Mt Hutt is a scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and is easily accessible from anywhere in New Zealand or Australasia. It is 35 minutes from the friendly resort town of Methven where there’s a great range of accommodation and bars/restaurants to choose from.
Mt Hutt is scheduled to open on the 15th June 2013 and close on 6th October 2013.
Mt Hutt Ski Area images used throughout this site were been taken by Miles Holden