Officially New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for the third year in a row at the World Ski Awards (2015, ’16 and ’17), Mt Hutt is Canterbury’s big friendly mountain with the best natural snow around, one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island and awesome Kiwi hospitality. You can just sense the local pride.
When we say big, that is what we mean. The skiable area of 365 hectares offers wide groomed slopes, all-lift access for all abilities, top to bottom terrain parks with world class jumps, and some of the best off-piste skiing around.
Aside from the terrain and friendly vibe, another feature that makes Mt Hutt popular is its height. At an altitude of 2086m this is the South Island’s highest chair lift. Check out the spectacular views the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other, before hitting a leg-burning run.
With an annual four-meter snow fall, Mt Hutt also typically results in one of the longest snow seasons in New Zealand with legendary powder days.
As a member of NZSki you will also get great discounts at sister ski fields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown. The 3 Peak Season pass including all three mountains is a great way to ski/board the South Island, including night skiing at Coronet Peak.
Free wifi access is available to all guests on the mountain.
The world’s top racers and riders also choose to come to Mt Hutt, spending time at the international race arena.
The Kids4Free Deal is a huge attraction. Children 10 and under get a lift pass free of charge every day of the season at Mt Hutt.
For the very young ones from 3 months to 5 years, Mt Hutt has an early childhood centre called Skiwiland with experienced early childhood carers. Within the centre is a ski school program for toddlers and up with professional children’s instructors, dedicated beginner/novice terrain and easy-to-use surface conveyor lifts.
After Skiwiland, Kea Club is the best way to get your 5-17 year olds confident on the snow. The club takes all abilities and offers a full day program with two 2.5 hour lessons, lunch and professional instruction in a group with similar ability skiers and boarders (over 10 years old).
The Mt Hutt Ski Bus from Methven Travel is the official transport supplier, offering daily return bus trips from Methven (various points) – 30 minutes – as well as Christchurch – 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport along one of New Zealand’s most picturesque roads.
Take a moment to relax and enjoy a wide range of self-serve food and beverages from the Sky High Cafe or Hutt Base Coffee Bar on the base lodge sun deck. Otherwise, head up to Huber’s Hut alpine restaurant to enjoy a delicious à la carte lunch with a glass of carefully selected NZ wines.
An easy and convenient rental service is available on-mountain which includes some of the latest skis, poles, snowboards, boots, clothing and helmets. For intermediate and expert riders a range of performance skis and snowboards are available – our rental experts help guests choose the best equipment for conditions
Lift tickets and season passes make access to Mt Hutt’s ski lifts quick and easy for skiers and riders – the mypass on-mountain ticketing system enables customers to track the amount of vertical metres clocked up over the season, plus stores other important profile information. It also enables people to pre-purchase ski and snowboard lessons, equipment and food and drinks on the mountain.