News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Life As It Ought To Be For Opening Day At Mt Hutt (02-Jun-09)

Mt Hutt, June 2, 2009 - Sunny skies, bubbles and smiles were all the hallmarks

Sunny skies, bubbles and smiles all round were the hallmarks of the opening of the ski season at Mt Hutt Saturday, May 30.

More than 2000 Cantabrians and visitors to the region turned out to welcome the snow and celebrate skiing in May at Mt Hutt.

The high country ski area opening was two weeks ahead of schedule as a result of early snow coverage.

Ski Area Manager Dave Wilson says it was the first time the mountain had opened in May for more than a decade.

“We have a one metre snow base which is phenomenal for this time of year. Getting the mountain open early has been a huge challenge for staff but we had a great day today making it well worth the effort.

“Feedback and support from the local Methven community has been very much appreciated – everyone is delighted to be open early. It’s a fantastic start.”

First on the chair honours, complete with t-shirts, went to Suzanne Fenwick, Ian Beale, Mike Roberson and Stef Waldon of Christchurch on the Quad while Ashburton’s Michael Borland, Michael Geddes, Benjamin Mort, Lance Cotter, Callum Brooker were first on the Summit Six along with 11-year-old Sophie Sinke of Christchurch.

Lindauer flowed for the early birds and glasses raised to toast the 2009 season just on 9am as the chairs opened. 

Mr Wilson said stormy weather bringing more snow was expected to hit the mountain Saturday and Sunday with weather clearing again for Monday.

“Today’s weather was really one out of the bag. The forecast wasn’t too flash so we were rapt to wake up to a bluebird day. Definitely life as it ought to be today.”

Mt Hutt is expected to remain open until early October. Coronet Peak in Queenstown is scheduled to open next Saturday, June 6 with The Remarkables following on Saturday June 20.


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