Mt Hutt Ski Resort

Mt Hutt
Some Nice Steep Terrain
Mount Hutt New Zealand
South Face, Powder Day
Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mount Hutt Skiing
Family Friendly Ski Resort
The Basin Catches the Snow Nicely
Big Mountain Terrain
Terrain for all Ability Levels
Steep Face Off Towers
Powder in the Chutes
Cheeky Kea
Mt Hutt NZ
Good Terrain for Experts
Mt Hutt Ski Terrain
Nice Technical Terrain
Mt Hutt Powder
Mount Hutt NZ
View of Mt Hutt from Methven

Mt Hutt Ski Resort

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Mt Hutt New Zealand

Mt Hutt in New Zealand is a premier ski resort, and combined with the town of Methven, is a great destination 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”.

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 resort in particular is lots of fun and powderhounds will have a ball after a fresh dump of snow. The ski field isn't crowded, but powderhounds will need to be assertive as the freshies won’t last for hours and hours.

Lift queues are never an issue as Mount Hutt has undergone recent infrastructure development to significantly improve the efficiency of the lifts. New terrain parks have also been created to cater to freestylers.

Mount Hutt Snow and Weather

Mt Hutt receives 4 metres of snowfall on average per season, which is impressive relative to other NZ commercial ski resorts, but like its NZ 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 Mt Hutt 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 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. Powderhounds are happy for the resort to be closed sometimes if it means more snow!

Another advantage of the exposed nature of Mt Hutt is that it provides views that are nothing short of extraordinary. On a clear day 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.

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 per se, but there is plenty of Methven accommodation. Methven is a beautiful country town full of character (and characters) about 30 minutes away.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Mt Hutt?

Whilst the skiing related costs are comparable to other commercial ski resorts in New Zealand, staying in Methven makes for a cheap New Zealand ski holiday. Mt Hutt is also popular with families due to good children’s facilities and family discounts.

Powderhounds have provided Mt Hutt with multiple best ski New Zealand awards for its snow and terrain:
  • Best snow conditions
  • Best lift infrastructure
  • Best racing run
Tours That May Include Mt Hutt

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

South Island Snow Safari
FULLY HOSTED ROAD TRIP
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.
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USD 1,169
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 10% discount on 18th Aug tour. Was NZ$1,799pp Now NZ$1,619pp
Haka Ultimate Heli Tour
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED HELI ROAD TRIP
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.
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USD 3,899
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Clubbies Snow Hunter Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
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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USD 1,039
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Mint Methven Heli Tour
GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
5 Days | 4 Nights | 1-2 Days Heli + 1 Day Resort
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Warm up with a day of riding at the big resort of MT HUTT and then 1- 2 epic days of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES near Methven where you will find some of the best snow & terrain in NZ!
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
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USD 1,546
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Heli Skiing Tours

High Peak Heliski & Clubbie Combo
HELISKIING & CLUB FIELDS COMBO PACKAGES
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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USD 3,897
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Methven Heliski Day Heli Skiing
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!
Price p/p From price based on PERFECT 5-run day in 2019.
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USD 722
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