The lifts will be spinning on Saturday March 4th at Mt Hutt for the ‘Discover Mt Hutt’ family open day; celebrating Mt Hutt’s second award for best New Zealand Ski Resort, at the same time helping Canterbury charity Maia Health Foundation raise funds for a future-proofed rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital.
Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager, James McKenzie, is looking forward to the day, as an opportunity to thank all those who voted for Mt Hutt in the 2016 World Ski Awards.
“It’s not often we get to showcase our exceptional alpine environment during the summer months, but we said if we won the award again we would open on Christmas Eve for a ski – there wasn’t any snow, so we have decided to celebrate with a summer fun day instead,” explains James.
“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to fundraise with the Methven Lions club, Methven Travel bus drivers and Mt Hutt staff who are all volunteering to help make the day a success,” says James. “The Methven Lions Club was instrumental in the establishment of the ski area in the 1970s. Since then, the club and Mt Hutt have continued to enjoy a long standing and happy relationship.”
Proceeds will go to a variety of community charities including the Christchurch hospital helipad.
On the day, sightseers, walkers and bikers (with their bikes) will get a ride up Mt Hutt’s massive six-seater chairlift to the summit where, weather permitting, they will be able
to enjoy unrivalled views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. They will then be able to descend back on the chairlift or walk or bike down from the summit.
There will be a giant slip & slide set up for kids near the Magic Carpet Learners area, a BBQ run by the Lions, plus other refreshments, as well as live music. For those who fancy watching the proceedings from the air, Christchurch Helicopters will be operating scenic flights.
“The flora and fauna alone is quite spectacular, and combined with access to the summit as well as live music on the deck means we have the makings of a pretty awesome day out,” says James. “I’ll even go as far to say I’m looking forward to it as much as a blue sky powder day!”
Maia Health Foundation CEO Michael Flatman is delighted Maia is the charity of choice.
“We’re absolutely stoked to be the recipient of proceeds from the Discover Mt Hutt Open Day. Currently all rescue helicopters land across the road from the Hospital in Hagley Park, adding about 13 minutes to the journey for the patient.
It takes a community to care and this is a wonderful example of an iconic Canterbury organisation helping to contribute to the much needed rooftop helipad at New Zealand’s busiest trauma centre,” said Mr Flatman.
James added “Mt Hutt staff are only too willing to volunteer their time and expertise for such a worthy cause.”
Tickets are $20.00 per person, $40.00 for a family and it includes free travel on the chairlift all day. Eftpos will be available. The road opens at 9am with the Summit 6 chair
lift running from 10am – 4pm. Methven Travel will be running a bus service – bookings are essential so please call 0800 684 888.
If the weather is unsuitable then the alternative day will be Sunday 5th March.
For more information visit www.discovermthutt.co.nz