14 May 2018
Local Christchurch 12-year-old wins $5000 worth of Ski and Snowboard gear from Torpedo7 and Mt Hutt – just in time for Mother’s Day!
Local Christchurch 12-year-old wins $5000 worth of Ski and Snowboard gear from Torpedo7 and Mt Hutt – just in time for Mother’s Day!A Christchurch family’s decision to purchase a ski season pass for Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables has really paid off, after the youngest daughter of the Dempsey’s, 12-year old Emma, won $5000 worth of Torpedo7 gear.The competition was run by NZSki in conjunction with Torpedo7 for New Zealand 3 Peak season pass holders. A 3 Peak season pass covers Canterbury’s Mt Hutt, voted New Zealand’s best ski resort 2015, ’16 and ‘17 at the World Ski Awards, as well as Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, both in Queenstown.The Dempseys visited their local Torpedo7 store in Addington yesterday to collect the gear, with Emma pleased to spoil her mum a day before Mother’s Day.She didn’t believe she’d won the major prize when she first saw the email more than a month ago at school. Being cyber savvy, she thought it might be a scam and put it aside for later.“After school, I showed Dad and he followed up with it. When Dad told me it was real, I actually couldn’t believe it,” she says.The year-8 student’s first reaction was to mentally go through her family’s winter wishlist.With $5000 worth of ski and snowboard gear, Emma, Mum Mandy, Dad, Matt and 14-year old sister Maddison will be well kitted out for the winter season, starting in a month’s time.Emma, who’s looking at essentials such as a “funky” Roxy jacket, cool Burton bib pants and possibly a pair of Smith goggles, says the family are all really grateful.“I know my sister would love some fancy skis or a new jacket and goggles, my mum would love a new jacket or boots, and my dad really wants a new jacket.”James McKenzie, Ski Area Manager Mt Hutt, says he and the team across all three mountains could not be more pleased that the Dempsey’s have won the prize.“I’ve learnt that the Dempseys had never skied before, and all took it up four years ago as a family. They’ve always gotten a Mt Hutt season pass, and this year got a 3 Peak Pass with plans to visit Queenstown. What a reward!“We’re just delighted for them! That’s what skiing is about! Time with friends and family, and having fun.”Georgie Beard, Torpedo7 Group Campaign Manager, says they were thrilled to jump on board with the ski season pass competition.“We’re about getting Kiwis outdoors, and we’ve been doing it for 14 years. So, for us, it’s great to see families experiencing the outdoors together and taking in all the best ski fields New Zealand has to offer.“We also couldn’t be more stoked that Emma wanted to donate some of her prize to charity,” she said.That’s right, not only for her family, but Emma has also asked to share some of the prize with Disabled Snowsports Canterbury. She met some of their volunteers at Mt Hutt.Dad, Matt, says the family only started skiing a few years ago when Emma was eight, because children 10 and under ski free at Mt Hutt.“We’re originally from Sydney and skiing just wasn’t on our radar. It’s a pretty long drive to get to any of the ski fields in Australia, whereas Mt Hutt is an hour and a half from home.“It’s great to do something as a family that doesn’t require you to all have the same level. You can ski together or go off and meet up at lunch time. We also had the girls join in Kea Club and the Sliders programme,” says Matt.Emma says she is looking forward to spending lots of quality time with her family skiing back at Hutt as well as, for the first time, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak in Queenstown.“Life gets really busy and family time will be great.”Weather permitting, Mt Hutt opens on Friday June 8, The Remarkables on Saturday June 9, and Coronet Peak the following weekend on Saturday June 16from left to right - in the Tower Junction Mega Centre Torpedo7 store in Christchurch with Mt Hutt Marketing and Sales Coordinator Richie Owen, Torpedo7 Christchurch assistant store manager Mike Ching, Maddison, Emma, Mandy and Matt Dempsey.MoreClose
20 Mar 2018
10 Reasons to get a Mt Hutt season pass
Mt Hutt in Canterbury is New Zealand’s best ski resort. Thanks to you, our loyal skiers and riders, we were voted the best at the prestigious World Ski Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017!
To us, that means Cantabrians and visitors alike love what we love – the big mountain experience, world class terrain parks, high altitude and kicking back with a beer and chilling with some of your mates at the end of a big day on the slopes. Even sweeter, when you get a good deal like the Mt Hutt early bird season pass, available before April 5. Here are 10 reasons why you should.
1. Great Value
Our 2018 Mt Hutt early bird season pass is currently on sale for only $349, when purchased before April 5th. This means if you get only four days on the slopes this winter, you’ve made more than your money back, with day passes priced at $104 and a full rate season pass retailing at $749. So get in early and start counting down to those POW days…
2. High altitude
With the Summit Six chairlift taking to you all the way to 2086m, you can shred to your way down the longest, lift-accessible vertical drop in the South Island. And with that altitude you can be sure we’ve got one of the best photo ops in the country for a #selfie. On a clear day you can see right across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean or deep into the heart of the Southern Alps.
3. Kids 10 and Under Ski 4 Free
That’s right! You can get the whole family out on the slopes, with all kids aged 10 and under eligible for free access to the lifts! You can opt for free day passes, or for a $20 admin fee, your child can get a season pass for unlimited skiing all season without having to top up at Guest Services. And, if you’re visiting Methven, many local businesses offer Kids 4 Free deals, so you can make the most of your trip!
4. No Blackouts
In other words this season pass is truly unlimited as it includes all school holidays. Get even more bang for your buck, by purchasing First Tracks for the truly unlimited skiing experience, giving you access to the lifts from 8am-9am at weekends. Retailing at $37 per day, the $149 First Tracks season pass means $$$ savings to carve that sweet, sweet cord if you’re an early riser.
5. Something for all ages and abilities
Whatever your age, ability level or your experience, Mt Hutt has something to offer. We offer on mountain day care for children aged 3 months to 5 years, run by fully qualified Early Childhood Educators. And, if you want the kids to develop their skills, they can join in one of our Snowsports programmes such as Mountain Sliders or The Salamon Freestyle Academy to really get the groms shredding. Want to head out with the girls? Our Go Girls program welcomes women looking to explore the mountain with like-minded ladies.
Shred hard! We’ve got top-to-bottom terrain parks including the X-Course, Jib Garden, Gunner’s Alley and Sky High Park that boast a wide range of rails, boxes and 3 world class jumps ranging from 30-55ft. There are plenty of transitions and features to help you progress your way to the big stuff. Seeing everyone in the park gets us stoked, so it doesn’t matter if you’re starting out on the small jumps, or throwing a backie off the third kicker – you deserve a holler!
7. Lots of the white stuff!
We average around 4 meters of snow each winter, which typically results in one of the longest snow seasons in New Zealand and legendary powder days. 2017 was an epic season; we had face shots for days with 6 meters of snow fall! Not to mention, we’re pretty good at getting our guns out. Our state-of-the-art snowmaking system is ready and waiting to fire on all cylinders to ensure that the sweet stuff is topped up.
8. Super friendly 😊
Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie says aside from the awesome terrain, it’s the friendly vibe and great customer service that Mt Hutt is known for, so come on up and meet the crew!
9. Season Pass Benefits
We all love a deal, right? As a season pass holder you’re eligible for discount at our on-mountain tech shop, so if you sent it a little hard in the park and your board needs some TLC, come and see us. You also receive 10% off in our retail shop. And did we mention you pay less on lift passes at our sister mountains The Remarkables and Coronet Peak (including Twilight and Night Skiing) in Queenstown? Or you can even upgrade to a 3 Peak pass and enjoy unlimited skiing, including Night Ski, at Coronet Peak. Road trip, anyone?
We didn’t just take home one award last year, that’s right, in 2017 we took home the award for New Zealand’s ‘Best Loo’! You can take your ‘water break’ in total comfort whilst recovering from a good slash on the slopes knowing that you’re in New Zealand’s premiere pit stop!MoreClose