Mt Hutt3.5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
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Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt
Some Nice Steep Terrain
Some Nice Steep Terrain
Mount Hutt New Zealand
Mount Hutt New Zealand
South Face, Powder Day
South Face, Powder Day
Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mount Hutt Skiing
Mount Hutt Skiing
Family Friendly Ski Resort
Family Friendly Ski Resort
The Basin Catches the Snow Nicely
The Basin Catches the Snow Nicely
Big Mountain Terrain
Big Mountain Terrain
Terrain for all Ability Levels
Terrain for all Ability Levels
Steep Face Off Towers
Steep Face Off Towers
Powder in the Chutes
Powder in the Chutes
Cheeky Kea
Cheeky Kea
Mt Hutt NZ
Mt Hutt NZ
Good Terrain for Experts
Good Terrain for Experts
Mt Hutt Ski Terrain
Mt Hutt Ski Terrain
Nice Technical Terrain
Nice Technical Terrain
Mt Hutt Powder
Mt Hutt Powder
Mount Hutt NZ
Mount Hutt NZ
View of Mt Hutt from Methven
View of Mt Hutt from Methven

Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt New Zealand Mt Hutt in New Zealand is a premier ski resort, and combined with the town of Methven, is a great destination for a laid-back and inexpensive ski holiday. Mt Hutt ski field is a place where you can experience some lovely thigh burn considering the substantial vertical drop (by NZ standards). The vertical combined with the steep pitch lends itself well to racing and earns Mount Hutt the title of the “capital of speed”.

Mt Hutt Ski Field Terrain
The Mt Hutt skiing terrain is brilliant for beginners and intermediates, and in addition to the speedy groomers, the 365 hectares of treeless terrain also provides an infinite number of off-piste lines for advanced riders. The terrain around the periphery of the resort in particular is lots of fun and powderhounds will have a ball after a fresh dump of snow. The ski field isn't crowded, but powderhounds will need to be assertive as the freshies won’t last for hours and hours.

Lift queues are never an issue as Mount Hutt has undergone recent infrastructure development to significantly improve the efficiency of the lifts. New terrain parks have also been created to cater to freestylers.

Mount Hutt Snow and Weather Mt Hutt receives 4 metres of snowfall on average per season, which is impressive relative to other NZ commercial ski resorts, but like its NZ counterparts the snow conditions can be incredibly variable. Anything is possible including dry powder, mashed potatoes, cement, slush or ice.

One of the shortcomings of Mt Hutt is that it sits on the edge of the mountain range and is exposed to cold and strong southerly winds. Mt Hutt has unaffectionately been called Mt Shut because the ski area and the steep windy access road are at the mercy of the weather gods. Bring a book, hang out in the Blue Pub or find other non-skiing activities in Methven, as there’s a reasonable chance that the resort will be closed for at least one day during your stay. Or if it’s open, not all lifts may be operating.

Poor weather results in the resort being closed 14 days per season on average, but because Mt Hutt has such a long season, the positive spin is that it has more “open” days per season than other resorts. And of course, bad weather is often accompanied by snowfall, and the geographical features of Mt Hutt means that it catches the snow like a baseball glove. Powderhounds are happy for the resort to be closed sometimes if it means more snow!

Another advantage of the exposed nature of Mt Hutt is that it provides views that are nothing short of extraordinary. On a clear day you can see right across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific. Over the back of the mountain there are amazing views of the snow-covered Southern Alps which seem to go on forever.

Where is Mt Hutt? Within the Southern Alps, Mt Hutt is near Methven in the Canterbury region of the South Island. It is located only 1.5 hours by car from Christchurch, New Zealand.

The road up to Mt Hutt can be pretty daunting for people who don’t have much familiarity with mountain driving or putting on chains. As an alternative mode of transport, regular shuttle buses operate between Methven and Mt Hutt.

Mt Hutt Accommodation There is no Mt Hutt accommodation per se, but there is plenty of Methven accommodation. Methven is a beautiful country town full of character (and characters) about 30 minutes away.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Mt Hutt? Whilst the skiing related costs are comparable to other commercial ski resorts in New Zealand, staying in Methven makes for a cheap New Zealand ski holiday. Mt Hutt is also popular with families due to good children’s facilities and family discounts.

Powderhounds have provided Mt Hutt with multiple best ski New Zealand awards for its snow and terrain:
  • Best snow conditions
  • Best lift infrastructure
  • Best racing run

Tours that May Include Mt Hutt

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
South Island Snow Safari DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
From price based on multi-share "lift only" package.
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Price p/p
USD 1,259
Ability: Beginner, Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional guides who will get you to the best skiing in each of the locations.
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Canterbury Explorer DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED ROAD TRIP
9 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 5 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option.
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Price p/p
USD 2,181
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski & snowboard at Mt Hutt & NZ's lesser known club fields (Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Cheeseman & Porters) and the great little private ski area of Ohau. This trip is ideal for those wanting to explore the lesser known ski areas of New Zealand's south island.
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Mint Canterbury Club Fields DETAILS
GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5-6 Days Riding
From price based on twin/double-share option.
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Price p/p
USD 1,519
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Leave the crowds behind this winter in NZ riding the lesser known ski areas in the Canterbury Plains area. Destinations include MT HUTT, PORTERS and the iconic TEMPLE BASIN. The itinerary has some flexibility to add a day of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Clubbies Snow Hunter Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
4 Nights | Up to 5 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin-share (group of 4).
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
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Price p/p
USD 1,119
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Wanting a MAXIMUM ski or snowboard adventure in NZ this year? This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE tour (from 2 nights) might be just the ticket! Based in Methven or Castle Hill, you will chase the best snow each day at Mt Olympus, Craigieburn, Broken River & Mt Cheeseman with an expert local guide, 4 X 4 & driver.
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Mint Methven Heli Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
6 Days | 5 Nights | 1 Day Heli + 2 Days Resort
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Price p/p
USD 1,671
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Warm up with a day of riding at the big resort of MT HUTT and then a day at one of the lesser know CLUB FIELDS before shredding some of the best powder in NZ with a day of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES with METHVEN HELISKI.
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Neon PomPom - Canterbury Adventure DETAILS
LIFT ACCESSED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
FROM: 3 Nights | 2 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on 3 nights / 2 days skiing twin-share (per person).
Base/invoice currency is inc NZD.
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Price p/p
USD 907
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski at some of NZ's hidden gems with experts who have an intimate knowledge of the terrain & local areas and sit back and enjoy great in-chalet hospitality every day. Just turn up and, have fun and then leave; everything else is catered for!
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours
Neon PomPom - FreeSki Academy DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY FREE RIDING PROGRESSION
6 Nights | 5 Days Coaching / Guiding
From price based on 6 nights / 5 days skiing twin-share (per person).
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Price p/p
USD 2,030
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Become a safer, stronger, better off-piste freeskier or boarder with the Neon PomPom Freeski Academy! New Zealand’s first all-inclusive, privately-hosted, off-piste ski & snowboarding coaching experience. Ski NZ's epic Club Fields with options for Heli Skiing.
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Heli Skiing Tours
High Peak Heliski & Clubbie Combo DETAILS
HELISKIING & CLUB FIELDS COMBO PACKAGES
6 Nights Lodging | 2 Days Heli | 3 Days Club Fields
From price based on 6 nights twin/double-share inc. 2 days heli + 3 days guided club fields.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,080
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more (however the example package is based on 2 days heli + 3 days guided club field days + 6 nights deluxe lodging, all gound transport, all gourmet meals, open bar...
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High Peak Heliski DETAILS
DELUXE HELISKIING PACKAGES
4 Nights Deluxe Lodging | 3 Days Heliskiing
From price based on 4 nights twin/double-share inc. 3 days heli.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,870
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more. Everything is taken care of for you from the time you arrive at Christchurch airport to the time you depart; deluxe lodging, gourmet meals, all ground transport....
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