for the 2019 season
The stats are in, and Hutt had one epic season! The best ever in fact since we opened in 1973. And with a lean snowfall season, this is all thanks to our amazing guests and staff.
Ski Area Manager James McKenzie says sharp season pass pricing, upgraded snowmaking and fun new alternatives to skiing such as the highest hot tub in the country, sightseeing and Yooners [ski with a seat] have all attracted record guest numbers and added to the “kiwi-as” vibe at the mountain.
“The results are quite an achievement given the lack of natural snow this season,” he says.
“Significant investment in snowmaking last summer was uncannily timely and amazingly effective. Following our pump station upgrade we were able to double our output which meant all lifts were running from opening day to the end of the season for the first time ever.”
James says the shorter wait times for coffees, food and shuttles were also appreciated by guests.
“We were able to shift guests from the lower car parks up to the ski area far more efficiently this season so wait times were very rarely more than 10-15 minutes.
"It was also very pleasing to receive so much positive feedback about our revamped cafes and restaurants that can accommodate extra staff and service lines thereby reducing wait time for food and hot drinks."
We're set to extend our trail network and increase the snowmaking system again for 2019.
We will be building a new family fun trail down from the top of the Quad chair. This winding beginner/intermediate trail will access what is currently under utilised terrain and offer a mix of fun snow features including rollers, banked turns and a tunnel. It will also be serviced by a new, fully automated line of snowmaking guns.
We also plan to add a new advanced trail out left of the reservoir and move the start of “Race Hill” up to the start of the Mid Towers traverse to extend the length of steep groomed terrain on that side of the basin.
We are also excited to be welcoming a state of the art snow groomer into our fleet next winter with Tier 5 engine technology and real time snow depth monitoring software.
We have had a stellar season and their is still room to grow for next year!