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Overview

Possibly New Zealand’s most famous resort hosts many international events and teams. Excellent skiing is available for all levels. The unfortunate nickname Mount Shutt is not really justified, the resort say: "With one of the longest seasons in New Zealand and less than two weeks in total of closed days it still provides a longer season than many other commercial ski areas in New Zealand." 105km from Christchurch it is a regular with skiers and boarders from the city.

Profile

Possibly New Zealand’s most famous resort hosts many international events and teams. Excellent skiing is available for all levels. The unfortunate nickname Mount Shutt is not really justified. The resort say: "With one of the longest seasons in New Zealand and less than two weeks in total of closed days it still provides a longer season than many other commercial skiareas in New Zealand." 105km from Christchurch it is a regular with skiers and boarders from the city.

Mountain Information

Excellent skiing is available for all ability levels. At 2075m Mt Hutt has the longest ski season and is the most consistent of all the ski fields in New Zealand. This and being only 1 ½ hours from Christchurch makes it also one of the most popular.

The season lasts from May to October and caters for all skill levels (25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced). There is 365ha of skiable terrain the vertical drop is 672m with the longest run at about 2km. The lifts include 1 quad, 1 triple chair, 3 T-bars, 2 platters and 2 beginner tows. Large base station good base for heliskiing.

Apres Ski

For accommodation Methven is 25km and Ashburton is 35km away although the facilities at Mt Hutt are excellent and include a cafe, fully licenced brasserie and bar, snow shop, child’s centre, ski, snowboard and clothing rental, ski and snowboard repairs, storage, medical facilities and of course the terrain itself which also includes a half pipe.

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Resort Information • Mount Hutt

Resort Height Resort Height 1400m
Top Station Top Station 2070m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1400m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 675m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 7
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 2
High Capacity High Capacity 0
Opening Dates Opening Dates May - Oct
Rating Expert Rating Expert 7
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 6
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 6
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 5
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7