For skiing whilst in Christchurch, look no further than Mt Hutt. With a great reputation for consistent snow, Mt Hutt is usually the first ski area to open.
The Mt Hutt Ski area is just over an hour away from Christchurch, situated high above the spectacular Canterbury Plains and nestled inside the eastern rim of the Southern Alps. This area receives some of the deepest, lightest and driest powder in Australasia and here you can revel in the longest season in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand skiing can extend from late May to late October.
There is an excellent variety of beginners’ and intermediate runs; Mt Hutt also boasts many challenging slopes that attract a number of international ski teams each year. Whether a beginner or advanced; skier or snowboarder, then Mt Hutt is the place for you. The wide open terrain is great for first time skiers, boarders and families and the black diamond runs on the South Face provide plentiful challenges for extreme skiers and boarders alike.
Mt Hutt is 2075m above sea level, with a vertical descent of 672m and there are 365 hectares of skiable terrain. Lift facilities include Express 6 Seater, 1 Quad Chair, 1 Triple Chair, 3 T-bars, 2 Platters and two beginner tows. There is a licensed Brasserie, a café, first aid and emergency services, licensed crèche, dedicated children’s centre, 2 snowboard half pipes and a terrain park.
Once you have decided where you are going to ski, the next important job is to find your favorite place to stay! You will find every kind of accommodation ranging from Hotels and Apartments to Motels and Backpackers – essentially something to suit every traveller and holiday maker.
So what are you waiting for? Let's get started! Plan your skiing holiday right now! This fabulous city will win your heart – skiing while in Christchurch will be a decision you won’t regret!