Mt Hutt has taken out the top New Zealand ski resort award at the fourth annual World Ski Awards.
Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager, James McKenzie received the award at the event held last weekend (Saturday 19 November, 2016) in Kitzbühel, Austria. It is the second time the skifield has won.
“It’s an absolute honour to receive this award on behalf of our awesome team at Mt Hutt,” says James.
“Second year running is a great endorsement that our valued guests are happy with what we are doing.”
James says the attraction to Mt Hutt is the friendly, local’s vibe where returning guests and staff are on familiar terms.
“It feels like home,” he says.
“Our guests, the majority of whom come from Canterbury and have been long-standing pass holders, feel a sense of ownership of the mountain. We love them as much as they love us!”
“It helps that it’s a big wide mountain with all lift access and top to bottom terrain parks,” he adds.
James says the Mt Hutt earlybird season pass this year was also an important factor in Mt Hutt’s continued popularity.
“We’ve decided to do it again! The Mt Hutt Pass giving unlimited skiing and riding next season is again available at the Super Earlybird price of $299 until 31 January 2017.”
“It’s one of the ways we want to say thanks to our awesome guests,” he says.
Voters had to register through the World Ski Awards site or facebook, and were only allowed one vote.
Launched in 2013, the World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.
Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media – and by the public (ski tourism consumers).
Votes are submitted online at World Ski Awards website.
World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is currently celebrating its 23rd anniversary.