by: downunder - 9th June 2007

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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
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Mt Hutt is a family friendy resort an hour from Christchurch International Airport and in the great Southern Alps of New Zealand. When it's on this mountain rocks. Over 360 hectares of skiable terrain with a further 150 hectares in the chutes on the back side of the resort. This is the only commercial resort in NZ with a classified double black diamond rating on the South Face run. The access road takes twenty minutes to half an hour drive from the ski town of Methven and like most access roads can be a bit hairey. There's no on mountain accommodation, like much of New Zealand but Methven is a cute town with quirky locals and two pubs named "The Blue Pub" and "The Brown Pub." No prizes for guessing their decor. This is where the Austrian ski team train during their off season and if you're lucky you'll catch Herman Maier on the chairlift first thing. Grooming is first class (even if some runs are short) and as the resort is above the tree line runs are open and wide with easy transition between green, blue and black. The terrain park has views of the patchwork Canterbury Plains, great for amateur photographers capturing the riders mid flight. Weather can be a bit dicey with wind but when I skiied there it was four picture perfect bluebird days in a row on a two metre plus base with fresh powder and few lift queues.
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