There’s a mountain that rises out of the Canterbury Plains that the locals are proud to call their own and that everyone else reveres. It’s high and it’s wide and most days at the summit you can see from one side of the country to the other, from the jagged spine of the Southern Alps to the West, right across the patchwork of pastureland to the Pacific Ocean on the East.
Mt Hutt is Canterbury’s own “big mountain” with runs to accommodate families on a fun day in the snow as well as the variety it takes to entice die hard skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. Yet you can still sense the local pride. This is Canterbury’s ski area.
The Summit 6 seat high-speed chairlift whisks you up to the highest point of any ski area in the South Island. From your spot on top of the world, you make your choice: cruise down the super-wide grooming on ‘Broadway’ or take on the challenging off-piste chutes in “Towers”. When the day draws to a close, relax and unwind ‘country style’ in the quintessential kiwi town of Methven.
Just a 35 minute drive from Methven village,and 90mins from Christchurch International Airport, Mt Hutt is renowned for its regular and reliable snow, combined with extensive snowmaking, it consistently has one of the longest snow seasons in the South Island. With an altitude of 2086m and a skiable area of 365 hectares, it has one of the longest vertical drops too!
The trail network includes dedicated learning areas with a 140m-long enclosed Magic Carpet and patrolled slow zones for novices. Mt Hutt’s a favourite amongst locals and advanced skiers and riders who can experience steep challenges with off-piste areas and extensive powder bowls at South Face or the Rakaia Chutes.
A terrain park constructed high on the mountain provides the ultimate snow-sure destination for freestyleskiers and riders, while the comprehensive rail and jump-line parks lower down remain hugely popular with both novice and intermediate jibbers alike.
First Tracks operates from 8am on Saturdays and Sundays (weather and conditions dependent) – ride the Summit Six to get the first runs on untracked corduroy or fresh powder.
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 Methven Kids 4 Free deal has been hugely successful and continues for 2017. Kids 4 Free means that every child 10 years and under receives free accommodation and meals in Methven, plus free lift passes every day at Mt Hutt when accompaniedby a paying adult.
Youngsters aged three months to five years can be enrolled in Mt Hutt’s fully-licensed Skiwiland Early Learning Centre. There are also a variety of programmes for kids of all levels, including three-day school holiday programmes.
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.