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“There's a reason it's called Mt Shutt”
Review of Mt Hutt Ski Area

Mt Hutt Ski Area
Ranked #254 of 1,259 things to do in South Island
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 21, 2011

I visited Mt Hutt with my family. It is definitely a better resort for advanced and intermediate skiiers - there is really only one green run, and limited blue runs.
The problem was, though, the limited terrain that we could access. In 6 days there, the mountain was only open for 2.5 days due to wind, and on those days there was only the quad chair open. This meant that you couldn't do any of the runs below the base nor the runs off the ridge.
Add to that, the reporting of conditions is not reliable. Visitors need to stay in Methven or surrounds - we stayed at Terrace Downs - so it's a 45+ minute drive up the mountain. Having been caught out a few times, we were checking the weather report before setting off. On one of the mornings, the report said it was clear and still and all lifts would be open. By the time we got there, however, everything was on wind hold. After hanging out at the base for 3 hours, we gave up and left.
When I returned to Australia, I spoke to a Kiwi friend who told me that those from Christchurch call it Mt Shutt.
On paper, Mt Hutt is good - it's got beautiful views to the ocean and terrific steep terrain, and is a relatively short drive from Christchurch. However, my experience was very disappointing, exacerbated by the fact that it's a long drive to accommodation. I don't think I would risk going there again.

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Reviewed June 26, 2010

One of the best thing we have ever did in NZ. We joined the beginners lessons coached by Wanda and she's amazing. She made skiing so simple and we enjoyed the ultimate process. We love the crowd at Mt Hutt, and its beautiful !

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