First Time

on Snow?

This is your moment. Put your feet into a pair of boots and clip in. Keep living. Be inspired. Feel free. Mt Hutt has extensive facilities and packages to cater for beginner skiers and snowboarders. This is where it can all begin!

Starter Pack

1 - 3 Days

Lift Pass
Gear Hire

Designed for first time skiers and snowboarders. The Starter Pack includes everything you need for your first day on the snow in a safe and fun environment. It includes 2x 2 hour lessons with our qualified instructors, equipment rental and a beginner lift pass.

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Intro to Snow

4 Days

Lift Pass
Gear Hire

The hugely popular four day Intro to Snow package is your invitation to do something awesome. Get on top of the world and experience the fun of skiing or boarding for the first time. Our qualified instructors will get you on your feet, feeling confident and guide you to success, giving you memorable moments of laughter and achievement.

Kids Programs

Ages 5 – 17: Kea Club

An all-inclusive kid’s package to help your children learn or improve their skiing and snowboarding skills! Kea Club is open to all ability levels and includes two 2.5 hour lessons, ski or snowboard rental and lunch!

We also offer a drop-off service add-on to accommodate kids from 8:15am onward.

Ages: 3 months – 2 years, Mini Kids

Something for the young ones! Our qualified staff will look after your kids in a safe and caring environment that respects their routine in our early learning centre. The full day Mini Kids program runs from 9am – 4pm daily at Mt Hutt and includes, educational experiences, facilities for sleeps/rest.

Ages: 2 years – 5 years, Kiwi Kids

A fun filled day for kids to build confidence on the snow and explore a new environment under the supervision of our qualified staff. The program includes a range of indoor/on snow learning experiences, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. We have full and half day options.

Ages: 3 years – 5 years, Skiwi Kids

Learn to ski in a safe and fun environment. The full day Skiwi Kids program includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as a range of indoor/on snow learning experiences including a group ski lesson with rental equipment (skis, boots and helmet). We have full and half day options.

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Beginner Terrain

We have plenty of space for first time and novice skiers and snowboarders at Mt Hutt. Our Magic Carpet conveyor lifts give easy access to accessing the dedicated beginner areas at Mt Hutt. So for first timers and beginner skiers and snowboarders, we’ve made it easier to access more terrain.

What is a Beginner Lift Pass?

A Beginner Pass gives you access to our beginner lifts at Mt Hutt. These include our conveyor lift in the learner’s area. With a beginner lift pass you will not be able to access the other chairlifts at Mt Hutt, however you can upgrade your beginner lift pass to a full lift pass at Guests Services.

How can I hire Ski/Snowboard equipment?

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 skis 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 Mt Hutt 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 to Mt Hutt?

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