just got back form mt hutt on the 15th july 2008...read all the forums and the ones from experienced skiers/snowboarders are right...it deserves its nickname of mt shut!
was closed for 33% of out trip and methven is the most boring place on earth especially if you have bored kids i can assure you...we were early in the season but on a 1m base which the locals said was fantastic anytime at least 60% of the mountain, read al the black runs, were like blocks of ice, and with large blocks of ice and rocks everywhere. You end up doing the same few groomed runs until you are bored to death whilst waiting for any powder. we had one day with 5cm powder and it opened up the rest of the mountain and was great. the lifts break down constantly, for periods of up to 90min and the queues of 20 min on the weekend in holidays are standard due to everyone using basically the one lift due to the ice thing i mentioned. if it snow, then great, if and its actually open in which case your lucky, then you should enjoy the experience. Its crap from snowboarding if you dont have some fresh powder. leave it to the locals and head south to queenstown where you can always go skiing and the runs dont bore you to death.