Five reasONs to shred early season Mt Hutt

The mountains crouch like tigers. PHOTO: mthuttholidays.com.

The mountains crouch like tigers. PHOTO: mthuttholidays.com.

Crowning the Canterbury plains on a bluebird day, the Southern Alps beckon in the distance. It’s early season – the ideal time to make the quest to Mt Hutt. ANNABEL WILSON shares five reasons why you should point the compass to Mt Hutt too, and soon.

  1. Sightskiing – From the drive through cabbage-tree studded farmland, up the wide winding access road and onto the lift, the mission to Mt Hutt provides plenty of photo opportunities and visual stimulus. Hold your breath over the Rakaia river, spot beehives and seams of resurgent native bush as you hone in on the Hutt. Get out of the city and onto the mountain for a day of sightskiing. Ah, the serenity!
  2. The view – Skiing straight onto the lift means there’s heaps of time to savour the view. On clear, still days when the sky is swept clean – you can see all the way out to the ocean, with 360 degree panoramas from the top of the six seater. A cruise down Virgin Mile leads to a series of secluded spots for a picnic, a photo or a pash.

    Alps to the ocean. PHOTO: ONmag.

    Alps to the ocean. PHOTO: ONmag.

  3. Everything’s better at elevation – A hard-earned frosty lager after you’ve carved your morning quota of runs tastes way better than it would downtown. Because everything’s better at altitude. Beer, lunch, your mood – take it up to 2000 metres and relish the difference
  4. The snow – Although some say “snow in May just won’t stay and snow in June is still too soon”; others say “there’s no bad snow, only bad skiers.” With a promising base and a recent dusting of natural snow topped up with quality manmade white stuff on many of the main trails, the conditions at Hutt are pretty good for the start of winter.
  5. Mountain gym – Every day on the hill is training for the next day on the hill. Get your ski legs back by getting up there and clocking up some turns with your friends. There’s even a giant trampoline at the cafe you can practise your tricks on in preparation for when that first powder day hits…
Totem tower at sundown, Mt Hutt. PHOTO: ONmag.

Totem tower at sundown, Mt Hutt. PHOTO: ONmag.

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