The greatest variety of skiing in New Zealand is
found in the Canterbury region, with four commercial and six club
fields, including an area that is arguably the best ski field in
the Southern Hemisphere.
Mt Hutt is simply awesome, enjoying the longest and most
consistent season in New Zealand - from early June to October.
The ski area is a huge open bowl rising to 2,075 metres,
receiving some of the lightest, driest powder in Australasia. The
skiable area of 365 metres offers superb runs for every level of
skill and has stunning views over the vast patchwork quilt of the
Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, an easy 90 minutes drive away.
The large base complex has classy facilities with a self-service
café, licensed brasserie and bar, creche, equipment hire and
full training services. A unique attraction is the only
ski/snowboard bungy jump in the world. You ski or ride off the
ramp into the sweetest fall-line - straight down through thin
air. You are then lowered onto the snow and glide to the bottom
loading station feeling supremely stoked.
Mt Hutt has snow ratings of 25% beginner,
50% intermediate and 25% advanced, and is served by one quad
chair, one triple, three T-Bars, two platters and two fixed-grip
tows. There are two landscaped half-pipes and a terrain park with
nine features for freestylers. The South Face and Towers areas
offer big mountain free riding for the seriously amped.
Transport shuttles leave daily for the ski field from
Christchurch and Methven. Methven comes alive each season with
visitors from around the globe enjoying great hospitality in the
cosy pubs, bars and restaurants. Theres also loads of
adrenalin action nearby with skydiving, rafting, jet boating, hot
air ballooning and horse riding. Methven is also a heli-skiing
Mt Hutt has a well deserved reputation as a fabulous snow-sport
venue. If you crave for the finest powder and the best on-field
facilities, you will love Mt Hutt.