Take The Family Skiing
Where do I take my kids for lessons?
Our lessons at Mt Hutt start to the right of the base building towards the learner’s area. Please arrive for your lessons at least 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment as each lesson has a maximum group number for safety and optimal learning.
For all you early risers we have a drop-off service that can look after your kids from 9:00am onward, our friendly staff will take them through rentals and get them equipped for a fun day on the snow while you shred the mountain at your own pace.
Are my kids too young to ski?
For kids 5 and under we offer multiple options in our fully licensed Early Learning Centre, Skiwiland.
Skiwiland caters for our youngest guests from 3 months of age to 5 years old (Ski lessons can start from 3 years old). Introducing them to their new environment and the fun of snow sports. You can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding, secure in the knowledge that your kids are also having a great time either on the snow or nice and warm inside.
What will my kids learn?
Our kid’s lessons cater for all ability levels, so if it’s their first time on snow our experienced instructors will help them learn the basics. If your kids already have some experience our team will help them build their ski or snowboarding skills and confidence.
Do you have rentals equipment for kids?
We stock the latest gear, from clothing to skis, boots, snowboards, helmets and more at Mt Hutt! Save yourself the hassle of carting your equipment up and down the mountain each day and hire your equipment on the mountain. We have one of the largest and most current ranges of rental equipment in New Zealand with quality brands such as Head, Burton and Salomon giving you a choice of fit and feel. As you start to progress with your skiing or snowboarding, you can upgrade from recreational to performance rentals to make more of your time on the snow. Hiring your ski or snowboard gear on the mountain means you can take advantage of FREE overnight storage, no need to take your skis up and down the mountain. Plus if your ski's aren't performing well or you think you might have the incorrect sized ski boots, you can take your gear in and get it changed right away, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. Please be aware that due to health reasons we cannot rent gloves, hats or goggles, however you can purchase these at Coronet Peak from our retail shop.
What do I need to bring?
Preparation is key to have a great day on the slopes, so when you pack for your first trip to the snow, remember to include: Boots or shoes with a bit of a tread for all family members ‐ snow and ice can be slippery! Dress warm! It can get pretty cold on the mountain so it’s important to layer up. Thermals, (merino is a great base layer); a thicker mid layer top, hiking or ski socks are a good starting point. Waterproof pants and jacket (rentals are available on the mountain) are a must to keep you dry and protect you from the wind. Sunscreen and lip balm to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays Eye protection is important, even on cloudy days – and don’t forget goggles or sunnies for the kids! We recommend wearing a helmet on the snow, you can hire from us on the mountain or purchase at our retail shop. If you don’t have a helmet, then a beanie is a must. Waterproof gloves If you forget anything, almost everything you need is available right here on the mountain at our ski hire outlet and the Snow Shop. And if you get hungry or thirsty, we’ve got you covered at our restaurant and café.
How do I get there?
Mt Hutt is an easy, and scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch and just 35 minutes from Methven. There are a few ways to get here, visit our Transport Page for more details.
When is the Ski Season?
The New Zealand Ski Season runs from June to October.
Can I get food on the mountain?
You bet! We’ve got restaurants, cafes and Ice Bars to keep you fueled and hydrated for an epic day on the snow.
What time does the mountain open?
Mt Hutt is open daily from 9am – 4pm, subject to weather conditions. First Tracks: 8am – 9am Saturday and Sunday from July – late September.