Mt Hutt Ski Area

Mt Hutt is one of New Zealand's largest ski areas with some of the best natural snow around. It's a scenic 90-minute drive from Christchurch Airport.

With an altitude of 2,086m and a skiable area of 365 hectares, it's high and it's wide.

Mt Hutt has one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island at 683m and the greatest variety of terrain. It also has spectacular views. On a clear day from the summit you can see the Pacific Ocean to the east and into the heart of the Southern Alps on the west.

Just a 35-minute drive from Methven village, Mt Hutt is renowned for its big snow. It's had a 10-year snow record both in terms of total snowfall and snow quality, and combined with extensive snowmaking, Mt Hutt consistently has one of the longest snow seasons in the South Island.

Key facts

  • Elevation: 2,086m, 683m vertical drop
  • Skiable area: 365 hectares
  • Lifts: 1 six-seater chair, 1 quad chair, 1 triple chair, 1 enclosed Magic Carpet
  • Terrain: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced excluding Rakaia Saddle Chutes
  • Season: Scheduled Saturday 13 June - Sunday 4 October 2015
  • Average snowfall: 4m per annum excluding snowmaking
  • Snowmaking: 42 hectares
  • Operating Hours: 9am - 4pm, First Tracks pass from 8am Saturday and Sunday (available from 5 July 2014)
  • Access: 26km, 35 minutes from Methven
  • Shuttles: Daily services to / from Methven and Christchurch
  • Chain hire available in limited supply on the access road when required for 2-wheel drive vehicles.

Trails and facilities

Featuring modern chair lifts and comprehensive facilities, the ski area is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Free WiFi access is now also available on the mountain.

The trail network includes dedicated learning areas with a 140m-long Magic Carpet and wide, open runs for novices.

Mt Hutt's also a favourite with the most advanced skiers and snowboarders, who can experience steep challenges with off-piste areas and extensive powder bowls at South Face and the Rakaia Saddle Chutes.

Freestylers are well catered for with 3 progressive terrain parks. The new beginner Sky High terrain park, a novice/intermediate park and the advanced­ level TRIC park.

The world's top racers and riders also choose to come to Mt Hutt, spending time at the international race arena.

Family friendly ski area - Kids 4 Free deal

Mt Hutt's a hit with families and with the unique Methven Kids 4 Free deal, the mountain provides an all-round adventure playground for kids.

Embracing the ski area and Methven village, the Kids 4 Free deal means every child 10 years and under gets free accommodation and meals in Methven when accompanied by a paying adult, plus free lift passes everyday at Mt Hutt. Kids 4 Free also includes free daily return transport to the mountain and free airport transfers between Christchurch International Airport and Methven.

Youngsters aged 3 months to 5 years can be enrolled in Mt Hutt's fully­ licensed Skiwiland Early Learning Centre. There's also a variety of programmes for kids of all levels, including 3-day school holiday programmes.

Lift tickets and season passes

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 lets you track the amount of vertical metres clocked up over the season, plus it stores other important profile information. It also allows you to pre-purchase lessons, equipment, and food and drinks on the mountain.

The first hour on untracked snow with only a few like-minded enthusiasts is spectacular!

The First Tracks pass enables ski field access from 8am on Saturdays and Sundays (weather and conditions dependent). Ride the Summit Six Chair lift to get the first runs on fresh powder or groomed corduroy.