Over 1,200 sightseers, walkers and mountain bikers enjoyed a warm and sunny day at the recent Discover Mt Hutt Open day (Saturday 4 March 2017), helping to raise more than $16,500 from gate admissions and food and beverage sales. A significant portion of the takings will be donated to the Māia Health Foundation that is raising funds for a future-proofed rooftop helipad for Christchurch Hospital – saving the average transfer time for the patient of around 13 minutes. Approximately $5,000 will be used for local community initiatives led by Lions.
Visitors made the most of the spinning six-seater chairlift, a slip n slide for the kids, Big Al’s bike hire & repair tent, live music by local band Little Big Man Duo and great BBQ food cooked by the Methven Lions. A number of people took a heli tour of the area to enjoy the spectacular views across the Canterbury plains from higher up, and the unveiling of the observation cairn at Mt Hutt’s summit also took place during the event.
Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said the day was a great success. “As well as wanting to support Maia Foundation’s fundraiser, it was our way of saying a big thank you to all those people who voted for us in the World Ski Awards. Thanks to them recognising our great customer service and experience, we won the 2016 best New Zealand ski resort award, for the second year running.”
An invitation to the Christchurch Adventure Park community was well received with a fair number of bike park season pass holders arriving to shred down the screes and take up our offer of a free coffee or hot chips. “Bikers generally favoured the popular blue and green trails but the more adventurous downhillers were spotted in some pretty extreme terrain – including the Bluffs and Top Towers,” said James. “Surprisingly, there was only a grazed knee and plenty of punctures of course!”
A number of our suppliers generously supported the day including Meadow Fresh, Mars, Talley’s, Cookie Time, Proper Chips, Brew Group & Bidfood. Mt Hutt Ski Area are also grateful to their retail suppliers, Bolle, Bandit, Buff, Burton, Electric & William Walker who provided goods for a raffle. “We’d like to thank these sponsors, our volunteers and partners from the Methven Lions Club and Methven Travel as well as the amazing team at Mt Hutt.” said James.