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    20 Feb 2018

    How To Book Your Mt Hutt Ski Holiday

    Feeling hot and bothered? Want to cool down. Right. Now. Well, you can. Soon! It's not long until New Zealand’s best ski field, Mt Hutt, will be open! So if you’re wondering when to go skiing, how to book, what to bring, then keep reading for these top tips…

    The best time of year to go skiing/snowboarding is…

    Many New Zealand ski fields open early in June, snow and weather dependent. At Mt Hutt our season runs from June to early October. To secure the best deals we recommend booking now, our earlybird rates offer the best discounts, and getting in early means that you can also lock in your accommodation for the most competitive rates.

    When in the season is best to go and when are our peak periods?

    It really depends on the conditions and what conditions you prefer.  At Mt Hutt we regularly boast some of the best snow conditions in New Zealand, thanks to our high altitude and south-east facing main basin. And our state-of-the-art snowmaking network ensures that the natural stuff is kept topped up across all of our main trails. Our most snow sure time of year is traditionally from late July until early September. And if you prefer warmer conditions, we usually expect great spring skiing from mid September onwards.  

    Our busier periods tend to be during school holidays, so we do recommend booking in date specific products in advance if you’re visiting during this time. If you’re visiting with the kids during the school holidays, make sure you keep up to date with our on mountain events via our daily snow reports and Facebook page.

    How to get to Mt Hutt Ski Field:

    Mt Hutt is just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch airport and 30 minutes from the nearby town of Methven. If you’re driving up, always be sure to have your snow chains in the boot in case the weather changes. Or, on days chains are required, you can hire them at the bottom of our access road. We’ll fit them for you too! If you don’t fancy the drive you can catch the Mt Hutt Ski Bus from Methven or Christchurch, which is run by Methven travel. To book and for travel times, visit their website.

    What to bring?

    Yourselves! You can rent gear from us on the mountain.

    We can offer the best in performance gear in an easy-to-use, quick rental system. Due to hygiene reasons we don’t rent gloves, goggles and hats. All of which can be bought in town or in our retail stores. Pack warmly as well, it gets cold during the ski season. Layering clothes is important in keeping warm on the mountain, a base layer such as a thermal, a mid layer and a waterproof jacket and trousers is a good starting point! But also bring sunblock. Yes, you heard it. It’s often still very sunny even though it’s cold. 

    You are also welcome to bring your own gear up to the mountain. Storage lockers are available on site.

    How and where to purchase?

    Buy your ski pass to Mt Hutt here, now. Early bird rates, available until April 5, offer the best available discounts for your next ski holiday, whether you’re planning to get a full season on the mountain or for only a few epic days.

    Our Multiday ski passes offer great value for your annual ski holiday. Available in 4 and 6 day pass options, the Mt Hutt Multiday pass can have you skiing for as little as $64 per day, find out more here:

    You can buy your pass, or collect your pre-paid passes, once you’re here either on the mountain or at our Snow Desk located at the Methven Heritage Centre.

    How to book lessons?

    Once you’ve paid for your lessons, you might wonder how you’re going to book in your preferred dates.  The good news is you don’t have to! Our group products don’t need to be booked in advance, in fact, we don’t take advanced bookings at all. You will only need to secure dates if you’ve booked a private lesson or into our Skiwiland day care. Our group lesson products, for both kids and adults , are sold without scheduled dates to make it easier for you. You just need to make sure you’re at the dedicated, on snow, lesson meeting point for the correct time where your instructor will meet with you and help you organise your day! You can choose to visit on any operational day of the season, and if you’ve purchased multiple days of lessons, these do not have to be used consecutively.

    You or your children are able to meet with your instructor and hit the slopes in three easy steps:

    Step 1

    If you’ve already paid online, you’ll need to collect your tickets. If you’ve yet to purchase and have decided on the day that you’d like a lesson, no problem! With either scenario you’ll need to head to one of our Guest Services locations and they’ll take care of everything for you. If you don’t have these already, you will be issued the following:

    • Mypass card. This is your lift pass and keeps all your information on file including any rental equipment you may have purchased. If it’s your first time collecting your mypass cards you and anyone else in your group will need to have your picture taken, so make sure anyone who is new to the mountain comes with you. Please be aware that there is a $5 refundable deposit for each mypass card.
    • Lesson tickets. You will be issued tickets for however many group lessons you have purchased, which means you only need to queue up once! Make sure you keep your tickets safe, as these are proof of purchase and your instructor will ask to see these when you meet for your lesson.

    You can find Guest Services on the mountain, or if you’d prefer to get your tickets before arriving on the mountain, you can visit our Snow Centre located in Methven.

    • Mt Hutt Snow Desk, 160 Main Street, The Methven Heritage Centre, Methven
    • Winter hours 7.15am – 5.45pm

    Step 2

    Meet for your lessons! Mt Hutt has a dedicated meeting point for all Snowsports lessons. These are located in the base area and are clearly marked with flags. When you collect your tickets you will be pointed in the right direction by one of our Guest Services team. You will also see plenty of friendly faces in red jackets; these are our instructors who will be waiting to meet with you. When you arrive they will ask to see your ticket and discuss with you your ability level, how much you’ve skied or snowboarded before and what you’re looking to gain from your lesson. They’ll then help you find your group and get you ready for your day.

    Make sure you’re aware of lesson meeting times if it’s your first time to the mountain.  And, if you’re collecting your tickets or renting equipment, we recommend you leave yourself enough time to pick up your tickets and have any rental equipment fitted out that you might need. Sometimes getting the right pair of ski boots to fit can take some time!

    Meeting times are as follows:

    • Kea Club – 10am and 1.30pm
    • Adult Group Lessons – 10.20am and 2pm

    Step 3

    Enjoy your day! You’ve now got everything you need and you’re now on your way to becoming a pro skier or snowboarder with your instructor! If you’d like to book in for any more lessons, it’s as easy as visiting any of our Guest Services locations, where our team will be happy to help you. We recommend popping in, in the afternoon when it’s quieter so you can skip the morning queues and spend more time practicing you turns on the slopes!

    Have any more questions? Get in touch.

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    09 Jan 2018

    10 reasons to get a Mt Hutt early bird pass

    Mt Hutt in Canterbury is New Zealand’s best ski resort. Not just in 2017 but in 2016 and 2015 too! What does that say? It says this is an epic mountain. The big wide groomed slopes, world class terrain parks and friendly Kiwi vibe make this Canterbury’s ultimate winter playground.

    Need more reasons to visit Mt Hutt? Here a just a few more reasons why we keep getting voted NZ's best ski resort!

    1. Altitude – the 2086m peak makes it one of the highest ski areas in New Zealand with the longest vertical drop in the South Island. Height also equates to great natural snow and epic views across the Canterbury Plains - on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other.
    2. Your kids under 10 go free with you – the Kids4Free Deal initiative between tourism operators in Methven provides several accommodation, dining and activities options for children aged 10 and under free of charge with one adult, including a Mt Hutt lift pass.
    3. All season long - There are no black outs in the 2018 season pass. In other words this season pass is truly unlimited as it includes all school holidays.
    4. All-lift access for all abilities!
    5. Freestyling – top to bottom terrain parks including the X-Course, Jib Garden, Gunner’s Alley and Sky High Park with a combined total of 25+ rails and 3 world class jumps ranging from 30-55ft plus other transitions and features including boxes, berms and rollers.
    6. In recent years, the skiable terrain has been increased by an additional 21 new hectares, and new automated snow guns, a pisten bully and modified terrain at the upper mountain will also boost and maintain snow coverage on the higher runs.
    7. With an annual four-meter snow fall, Mt Hutt typically results in one of the longest snow seasons in New Zealand.
    8. Discounts on lift passes at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak in Queenstown. Roadtrip anyone?
    9. Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie says aside from the terrain, it’s the friendly vibe, great customer service and excellent facilities that Mt Hutt is known for.
    10. The 90-minute drive to Mt Hutt from Christchurch is beautiful, travelling past the Canterbury Plains and Rakaia Gorge. From Methven, Mt Hutt is only 35 minutes’ drive.

    Buy your 2018 season pass today!