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At A Glance
FIRST TRACKS at mt hutt WEEKENDS only
sat and sun 8am
4 freestyle terrain parks
skiable area 365 hectares
Longest Run 'International' 2 kms
Highest point 2086m, vertical drop 648m
First Tracks on the weekends
4 metre average snowfall
mt hutt events
CAFEs & restaurants
SKY HIGH CAFE
Want a quick bite to eat? Head to Mt Hutt’s Sky High Café for a fast and fulfilling meal.
Located on the main floor at Mt Hutt's base building you can find an espresso coffee bar, licensed bar and a variety of foods to suit your tastes including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, sushi, salads and hearty and wholesome mountain meals. The Sky High Cafe is the perfect option if you need a quick refuel stop before more time on the slopes.
If you're looking for comfort and class, head to Mt Hutt’s Huber’s Hut.
Dine inside in front of the fire or out on our beautiful deck. Head in early for a quick and delicious breakfast or relax and enjoy the view while enjoying our famous hot baguettes, our homemade soup, pasta, or our gourmet Willi Burger! It’s also the perfect place to relax after a good day skiing or riding with a hot glass of mulled wine, espresso coffee or hot chocolate.
Skiwiland Early Learning Centre caters for children aged from three months to five years of age. It's a fully licensed registered Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education, so you can enjoy your time on the slopes, knowing that your children will be comfortable, safe and happy. Outdoor activities for those kids aged two and above include playtime in the snow with our fully qualified staff. You can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding secure in the knowledge that your kids are having a great time at Mt Hutt Skiwiland.
Are your kids older? Mt Hutt’s Kea Club offers children’s group ski lessons for kids aged five to 15 years and snowboarding lessons are available for eight to 15 year olds - FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KIDS LESSONS
- Full payment is required to secure your child's booking in Skiwiland.
- Spaces are limited so booking in advance is essential.
- Due to capacity restrictions, half-day bookings will be limited during peak holiday periods.
- Skiwiland operates a nut free environment.
For children aged 3 months to under 2 years
Mini Kids provides a fun and caring environment for children less than two years of age. Qualified staff will respect your baby’s routines and ensure those who are starting to explore their world (crawling or walking) have lots of fun.
What to bring: Change of clothes, nappies, dummy, bottles/ formula/ food, special toy and/or blanket. Lunch is not provided; please remember to pack their favourite snacks and drinks.
Morning or Afternoon
For children aged 2 to 5 years old
If your child is not yet ready to ski, Kiwi Kids will keep them entertained while the rest of the family enjoys the Mt Hutt slopes. Children are kept busy with a wide range of fun and educational indoor and outdoor activities. All activities are fully supervised by qualified staff. Lunch is provided with the full‐day option.
What to bring: Waterproof jacket & pants, change of clothes (extra underwear), warm hat, mittens, goggles/sunglasses, nappies/pull‐ups and snacks if coming for a half day.
Under 5’s ski lessons and educational indoor and outdoor activites
Skiwi Kids provides a fun and safe environment for young children to learn to ski. Catering for all ability levels, qualified instructors teach two ski lessons on the full‐day programme and one lesson on the half‐day programme.
2 lessons and lunch included
1 lesson included
Snoshop has a range of affordable skiing and snowboarding essentials for both adults and children, including gloves, goggles, helmets, socks, neck warmers and beanies.
Mt Hutt’s Snoshop stocks a great range of top end brands like Smith, Bolle, Electric, Giro, Red, POW, Columbia, Dakine, Marmot and Spyder along with great souvenirs like stickers, magnets, mugs and glassware, key rings, T-shirts, soft toys (including our friendly mascots Spike and Shred) and much more. You can also write and send your Mt Hutt postcards from the shop. We also sell painkillers, plasters and other medical first aid supplies as well as sweets and chocolates.
- Snoshop is open seven days a week (mountain status permitting) from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
- Cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Eftpos NZ, mypass money.
- Season Pass holders receive a 10% discount in store.
Have your own gear?
There is a designated storage area at Mt Hutt located next to the rental department. Hire a basket to hold your belongings (basket is held in a supervised area).
Pay by credit card or EFTPOS only:
$10 per day (no overnight storage available).
Have you rented your ski gear from us on the mountain? There is FREE overnight storage at all three ski areas when hiring rental equipment from NZSki. Simply return your gear back to the rental department at the end of your day and we'll take care of the rest.
There are more than 850 car parking spaces available on the mountain at the Mt Hutt ski area.
Upon arrival at Mt Hutt, our team will direct you into a parking spot. All of the parking spaces are just a short flat walk to our base facilities.
On the rare occasion when the car park is full, the team will direct you into one of our overflow car parks, which are serviced regularly by our free car park shuttle service. Please follow the signage and the directions from our team to get you on the snow as quickly as possible.
getting to mt hutt
Mt Hutt is about a 35-minute drive from Methven, which is a small town on the western edge of the Canterbury Plains and the closest place to stay when you’re visiting Mt Hutt.
To get to Mt Hutt Ski Area, you can either drive yourself or arrange Mt Hutt ski bus transport from either Christchurch or Methven. If you are self-driving please check out our Safe Driving tips.
Driving times to Mt Hutt Ski Area
Methven: 35 minutes
Ashburton: 55 minutes
Christchurch: 90 minutes
Mt hutt ski bus
The daily Mt Hutt bus service departs from most major accommodation providers in Methven with a pick-up scheduled service to and from Mt Hutt Ski Area.
Methven i-Site, 160 Main Street, Methven
P: +64 3 302 8106
F: +64 3 302 9367
CHRISTCHURCH TO METHVEN
Providing bus passenger services from Christchurch Airport to Methven and return. Can also organise your rental car requirements covering all of your transport needs from Christchurch Airport to Methven.
Departs from Christchurch each day at 7:00am, or Methven at 8.30am. You will be delivered right to the ticket office for a full day on the ski slopes. Sightseers and non-skiers are welcome. Several convenient point pick up locations across Christchurch. Door to Door service in Methven.
winter safety tips
When skiing or snowboarding at Mt Hutt, it’s important to follow the Snow Responsibility Code to ensure both your own and others’ safety on the mountain.
It’s also important that you regularly check the snow and weather conditions.
SNOW RESPONSIBILITY CODE
This code is designed to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for everyone on the mountain.
- Stay in control at all times.
Know your ability, start easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.
- People below you have the right of way.
The skier or boarder downhill of you has the right of way, also look above before entering a hill.
- Obey all ski area signage.
Signs are there for your safety, keep out of closed areas.
- Look before you leap.
Scope jumps first, ensure the area is clear of others, use a spotter on blind jumps.
- Stop where you can be seen.
When stopping, try to move to the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above.
- Don't lose what you use.
Equipment must be secured while walking.
- Stay on scene.
If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski Patrol.
- Respect gets respect.
From the lift line to the slopes and through the park.
It’s also important to:
- Observe ski area boundary closures.
Any lift or boundary closures will be indicated on the day on the website and at Guest Services. If you are not sure, please ask Guest Services, Lift Operators or the Snow Patrol team who will be out and about on the slopes.
- Go slow when you’re in a slow zone.
Slow zones are indicated with bright signage. Please respect these areas by keeping your speed down.
- Ride the right lift.
Our lifts access certain terrain that suits different ability levels. Make sure you have the right lift pass to access the type of lift and terrain for your skiing/riding ability. When riding a lift always ensure the safety bar is lowered on your chair. If you are unsure about the lift, just ask the nearest Lift Operator to slow it down for you. All lifts operate between 9am-4pm daily, weather and snow conditions permitting.
WEATHER & SNOW REPORTS
Mountain weather changes very quickly.
To ensure you are safely equipped for the day, make sure you check the full mountain report before you travel to Mt Hutt.
The Mt Hutt Snow Report is published early every morning and updated throughout the day as conditions change. The snow report is also available in print from most accommodation providers and retailers in Methven and broadcast on radio stations in most South Island main centres each morning.
The early morning snow report is accurate at the time it is published, however conditions are subject to rapid change. Be sure to check details on this website and when you arrive on the mountain for the latest information to ensure you make the most of your day at Mt Hutt.
AVALANChE & RESCUE
Our Mt Hutt Ski Patrol teams are out every day making sure the terrain is safe.
Ski Patrol continually observe weather and snow-pack conditions and monitor the snow's increasing or decreasing stability within the ski area throughout the season.
They are also on call to respond to your needs very quickly if an accident or emergency occurs. Search and Rescue (SAR) is most often required outside the ski area boundary and is undertaken by our Mt Hutt Ski Patrol team. The Ski Patrol team has trained for many years to deal with every form of ski area emergency.
If you decide to go skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry at Mt Hutt you need to carry the right safety equipment. Avalanches happen for a reason, so it’s important to choose your terrain wisely.
Please visit the Mountain Safety website for details on requirements to ensure your safe backcountry adventure.
Driving on snow and ice is very different to driving on dry or even wet roads, especially if you are not familiar with these sorts of conditions.
You will be required to fit snow chains if our Road Safety team indicate. Fitting chains can apply to both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles so please ensure you check the Road Status signs at the entry to the Mt Hutt ski area access road.
It is important to know when and how to use chains. You must stop and put on chains when indicated on the ski area access roads; signs will indicate when it is compulsory to use chains, but you may also wish to use chains on very slippery surfaces for extra traction.
It is good practice to alert our Ski Patrol with details of your anticipated backcountry trip.
You can pop into our Ski Patrol office at any time. Please be aware that our Ski Patrol do not patrol these areas and only venture here in the case of a known emergency.
We also encourage you to watch the North Face video series below, which explains how to make the right decisions for skiing out of bounds and in the backcountry. There are five videos in the series .