Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt has spectacular views across to the east coast
Mt Hutt has nearly 700m of vertical skiing
There is some great intermediate & advanced terrain at Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt's new tunnel keeps the traffic flowing more safely
Mt Hutt's 6-pack detachable chair lift is fast & efficient
Skiing from the top of the mountain through towers
Mt Hutt is very family friendly
There are some good terrain park features & jumps at Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt has some gentle beginners areas
Looking towards the Virgin Mile at Mt Hutt
You can ski a lot of vertical in a day at Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt terrain; Towers in the background
One of the local's at Mt Hutt....these guys will eat your roof racks!!
Mt Hutt has a great ski & snowboard school for all levels
May people also visit Mt Hutt for some good old fashion snow play
The Virgin Mile at Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt has some nice wide intermediate groomers
The powder at Mt Hutt can be great!
Mt Hutt has a couple of cafe's serving good coffee & cafe-style food
The deck at the day centre is a great place to hang out on a nice day

Mt Hutt Ski Field

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Mt Hutt New Zealand

Mt Hutt Ski Field in New Zealand is a premier ski resort, and combined with the town of Methven, is a great destination if you head there on weekdays for a laid-back and inexpensive ski holiday. Mt Hutt Ski Field is a place where you can experience some lovely thigh burn considering the substantial vertical drop (by NZ standards). The vertical combined with the steep pitch lends itself well to racing and earns Mount Hutt the title of the “capital of speed”.

Pros and Cons of Mount Hutt

  • Mt Hutt Ski Field is a good all-rounder when it comes to terrain for all ability levels.
  • Whilst the skiing related costs are comparable to other commercial ski resorts in NZ, staying in Methven makes for a cheap New Zealand ski holiday.
  • On fine days, the views from Mount Hutt are nothing short of extraordinary. You can see right across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific. Over the back of the mountain there are amazing views of the snow-covered Southern Alps which seem to go on forever.
  • Mt Hutt is popular with families due to good children’s facilities and kids 10 and under ski for free.
  • Mt Hutt aka Mt Shut is rather exposed and the ski field closes more than most other NZ ski fields due to weather factors.
  • Like elsewhere in New Zealand: variable snow quality; challenging access road; and no on-mountain accommodation.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • In addition to kids skiing for free (under 11), Mount Hutt is on the Ikon Pass and season passes are incredibly cheap, so half of Christchurch turns up on the weekends, and major lift queues can ensue, and the car parking reaches capacity early.

Mt Hutt Ski Field Terrain

The Mt Hutt skiing terrain is brilliant for beginners and intermediates, and in addition to the speedy groomers, the 365 hectares of treeless terrain also provides an infinite number of off-piste lines for advanced riders. The terrain around the periphery of the Mt Hutt ski field in particular is lots of fun and powder hounds will have a ball after a fresh dump of snow. The ski field isn't crowded on weekdays, but powder hounds will need to be assertive as the freshies won’t last for hours and hours.

The lift infrastructure copes very well with the lack of traffic on weekdays, whilst on weekends there can be lift queues.

Mount Hutt Snow and Weather

Mt Hutt receives 4 metres of snowfall on average per season, which is impressive relative to some other NZ commercial ski resorts, but like its New Zealand counterparts the snow conditions can be incredibly variable. Anything is possible including dry powder, mashed potatoes, cement, slush or ice.

One of the shortcomings of the Mt Hutt Ski Field is that it sits on the edge of the mountain range and is exposed to cold and strong southerly winds. Mt Hutt has unaffectionately been called Mt Shut because the ski area and the steep windy access road are at the mercy of the weather gods. Bring a book, hang out in the Blue Pub or find other non-skiing activities in Methven, as there’s a reasonable chance that the resort will be closed for at least one day during your stay. Or if it’s open, not all lifts may be operating.

Poor weather results in the resort being fully closed 14 days per season on average, but because Mt Hutt has such a long season, the positive spin is that it has more “open” days per season than other resorts. And of course, bad weather is often accompanied by snowfall, and the geographical features of Mt Hutt means that it catches the snow like a baseball glove. Powder hounds are happy for the resort to be closed sometimes if it means more snow!

Where is Mt Hutt?

Within the Southern Alps, Mt Hutt is near Methven in the Canterbury region of the South Island. It is located only 1.5 hours by car from Christchurch, New Zealand.

The road up to Mt Hutt can be pretty daunting for people who don’t have much familiarity with mountain driving or putting on chains. As an alternative mode of transport, regular shuttle buses operate between Methven and Mt Hutt.

Mt Hutt Accommodation

There is no Mt Hutt accommodation on-mountain, but there is plenty of Methven accommodation. Methven is a beautiful country town full of character (and characters) about 30 minutes away.
Tours That May Include Mt Hutt

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Haka Ultimate Heli Tour
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing / Boarding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This world-class 7 day adventure takes in the best of the South Island’s heli riding and skiing: Methven, Mt Cook, Wanaka and Queenstown. Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime!
Price p/p From price based on twin-share lodging for 2020 tour.
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AUD 6,121
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South Island Snow Safari
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing or snowboarding and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional hosts who will get you to the best skiing/snowboarding in each of the locations.
Price p/p From price based on multi-share "lift only" package for 2020.
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AUD 1,854
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Clubbies Snow Hunter Safari
4 Nights | Up to 5 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Wanting a MAXIMUM ski or snowboard adventure in NZ this year? This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE tour (from 2 nights) might be just the ticket! Based in Methven or Castle Hill, you will chase the best snow each day at Mt Olympus, Craigieburn, Broken River & Mt Cheeseman with an expert local guide, 4 X 4 & driver.
Price p/p From price based on twin-share (group of 4).
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AUD 1,483
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Heli Skiing Tours

High Peak Heliski & Clubbie Combo
5 Nights Lodging | 3 Days Heli | 2 Days Club Fields
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This deluxe package includes 3 epic days heliskiing in the Arrowsmiths + 2 days guided off-piste at the Canterbury club fields + 5 nights deluxe lodging, all ground transport, all gourmet meals, open bar...and more....
Price p/p From price based on 5-nights twin/double-share during peak season inc. 3-days heli + 2-days guided off-piste.
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AUD 5,561
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Methven Heliski Day Heli Skiing
Standard 5 Run "Perfect" Package
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Methven Heliski is one of New Zealand's premier heli ski companies offering what many would agree is NZ's best heli skiing terrain. Don't just take it from us, book a day or more and experience it for yourself! Share
Price p/p From price based on PERFECT 5-run day in 2020.
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AUD 1,067
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 Special if you book before July 31: Was NZ$1150, now NZ$895
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