First Timers

Mt Hutt is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard and we love welcoming first timers plus kids aged 10 years and under get to ski for free. Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable winter holiday in the snow. Here is a range of tips to help you plan your first trip to Mt Hutt.

beginner terrain

Mt Hutt has a variety of beginner terrain! The dedicated beginners area is serviced by an enclosed 140m beginners conveyor lift. Along with the beginners area, there are easy beginner trails located above the base area, with the Quad Chairlift accessing the wide and curving 'Highway 72' beginners trail.



intro to snow program

The Intro to Snow program offers very first time skiers the best value for money! Four days of lift passes, lessons and ski or snowboard hire giving you the confident start you need.

Intro to snow

The four day Intro To Snow package offers first time skiers the very best value for money.

  • Four days of lift passes (day 1 is beginners lift access only)
  • Four days of group lessons (each day consists of two lessons per day with each lesson two hours duration*)
  • Four days of recreational ski or snowboard hire

Designed for someone who has never tried skiing or snowboarding before. Once you complete your four days of the Intro to Snow program you can then upgrade to the Mt Hutt 2018 season pass for just an extra $100. 


  • The four days don’t have to be used consecutively but rental equipment must be returned back to us if you’re taking days off in between visits.
  • All four days must be used within the 2018 season and are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • NEW for 2018: There are two options depending on your travel dates.
  • Lessons meet daily at 10.20am and 2pm and there’s no need to make a booking.
  • Each lesson is 2 hours duration**
  • Clothing and helmet hire is not included in the package but can be added on at an additional cost.
  • Please note that we don’t hire gloves or goggles but these items can be purchased at our retail stores on mountain. 



ADULT HOLIDAY BLACKOUT (Excludes 1-22 July 2018)




* Please note that lesson groups of less than 3 people will receive a 1 hour lesson.

** Mt Hutt season pass upgrade only available when all four days, including all full day lessons, have been completed.

*** The Intro to Snow package is only available for adults. For the kids, we have full day packages, no matter what their ability level is, that also include lunchFind out more.


other Lessons & Lift Passes

Skiing and snowboarding are a lot of fun and both sports can be challenging in the initial learning stages. The quickest way to gain confidence and enjoy yourself more on the slopes is to participate in a private or group ski or snowboard lesson with a qualified instructor. We recommend the following packages for first timers.

kea club


Designed for kids aged 5 to 17 years who want to join all‐day ski and snowboard group lessons at Mt Hutt, the Kea Club includes lift passes and lunch. Participating in the Kea Club is an excellent way for children to improve their skills, make new friends and have a great day on the mountain.

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first timers


The First-Timers package is a flexible option for adults, seniors and youths aged 16 -17 years and includes lift passes, lessons and ski or snowboard hire.

This package is suitable for anyone who is new to skiing or snowboarding providing you with a safe and fun learning environment to build your confidence on beginner and intermediate trails. 

Learn to slide with confidence while having fun. Get the basic skills of staying upright, stopping safely and riding the surface lifts. 


  • 2 x two hour group lessons
  • Beginners Lift pass
  • Skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots


Suitable for skiers or snowboarders wanting to develop at their own pace.

From one‐hour to full day tuition, private ski and snowboard lessons are available every day of the season at Mt Hutt for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.

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what do you need?

Find out more about our ski hire, the Sno Shop and handy tips on what to bring to the mountain.

sno shop

Sno Shop 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 Sno Shop 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. 

Sno shop 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.

ski & SNOWboard hire

If this is your first time skiing it's best to hire before you buy.

That way you can graduate to performance ski’s as your skiing or snowboarding improves. Everything you need is right here on the mountain. We stock the latest gear, from helmets and clothing to skis and snowboards plus our on‐site technicians keep it in top condition. We have one of the largest and most current ranges of ski and snowboard equipment in New Zealand with quality brands such as Head, Burton and Salomon.

Hiring your ski or snowboard gear on the mountain means you can take advantage of FREE overnight storage, no need to take your skis up and down the mountain. Plus if your ski's aren't performing well or you think you might have the incorrect sized ski boots, you can take your gear in and get it changed right away, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. 

Please be aware that due to health reasons we cannot rent gloves, hats or goggles.

what to bring

How can you ensure you are prepared for a great ski or snowboard holiday?

Experienced skiers and snowboarders know that preparation is key to having a great time on the slopes. When you pack for your first trip to the snow, remember to include:

  • Boots or shoes with a bit of a tread for all family members ‐ snow and ice can be slippery! 
  • Sunscreen and lip balm to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays Warm waterproof pants and jacket (rentals are available on the mountain) 
  • Eye protection is important, even on cloudy days – and don’t forget goggles or sunnies for the kids! 
  • A hat such as a woollen beanie and a scarf or neck warmer for everyone 
  • Waterproof gloves 
  • Plenty of layers such as thermal underwear, polar fleeces, t‐shirts, skivvies, wool garments ‐ avoid cotton if possible 
  • Camera ‐ the views are unbelievably fantastic and you'll have to get a shot of your family 
    in the heart of the New Zealand's Southern Alps. 

If you forget anything, almost everything you will need is available right here on the mountain at our ski hire outlet or the Sno Shop.