Mt Hutt Ski Fields
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 3l diesel
S 43° 29.720 E 171° 32.365
59G E 543612 N 5184035
Quick Description: Mt Hutt is just west of the Canterbury Plains and is about one and a half hour's drive from Christchurch.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 9/6/2010 3:34:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM9N11
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 9

Long Description:
Mt Hutt is one of the more major ski fields in this area, there being quite a number of fields within several hours drive.

Mt Hutt has three chairlifts and one surface conveyer (magic carpet). The ticketing system involving passing through gates is capable of recording the total vertical ascent for an individual who can review this on the internet at a later time.

Facilities include rentals, cafe, medical centre etc as well as ski and snowboarding lessons to their "level 6".

Runs include about 25% beginner (green runs), 50% intermediate (blue runs) and 25% advanced (black runs) excluding the Rakaia saddle chutes. A number of the advanced runs include "double black diamond" difficulty.

Heli-skiing (using a helicopter as a taxi to a more remote location) is also available.

It is difficult to obtain lift prices because of all the variations available including lift/accomodation/everything packages and so the price listed is very approximate.

The same ticketing is used also at The Remarkables (see waymark WM9MFJ) and Coronet Peak near Queenstown.

Mt Hutt can be affected by weather and closure because of wind does occur.

So how much does the writer know about the wikipedia entry for this? Well note how there is a comment about "1200 people" stranded for the night. The writer and son were in that group! It was little "blowy" on the way up that morning, but the writer still was set to enjoy the day with a ski lesson in the morning. Well, the wind started to blow harder and was lifting snow making things a bit uncomfortable. Then the lifts were put on wind hold. Oh well, make our way into the main building and wait for it to die down so we can get back on the slopes again. No way. That wind blew harder and at about 12:30pm, the road was closed. So, we have to sit it out. Not much to do except wait. Not even a book to read. Come nighttime and the resort provided an evening meal. Later, about 9:30pm, the announcement is made that we are staying for the night. Make yourself as comfortable as possible in a confined space with so many people, but somehow I slept a little. During the night, rain must have started to fall and there was a thunderous CRACK as ice fell from the roof of the building. By morning, the wind had dropped and we were among the last to leave. The rain had ruined the snow cover. As we descended, a news helicopter filmed the huge procession of departing cars and buses at the bottom of the mountain. (That helicopter looked AWFULLY close to trees too...)
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