Mt Olympus

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Mt Olympus

Offering something for all abilities and with some legendary on-mountain accommodation, Mt Olympus bills itself as the ultimate club field experience.

Set in a south-facing basin of the Craigieburn Range – which means it traps light powder – Mt Olympus has 60 skiable hectares with varied terrain offering challenges for all abilities, and is the gateway to some of New Zealand’s finest touring.

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The field itself a proud groomer-free zone and snow conditions can vary a lot, so it’s a good idea to check them out before heading up the hill – you might need to pack your fat boys! The Top Hut lodge is up on the ski area and is available for bookings throughout the season. With a qualified chef, bunkroom-style living and hot tub, the atmosphere up at the lodge has become somewhat legendary, so make sure you get hold of a bunk!

Quick Facts

  • Where 130km from Christchurch
  • Ski & board Chutes, steeps, open faces and more
  • Season Early July – October
  • Access road Unsealed, carry chains
  • Ratings Beginner 10%, intermediate 55%, advanced 35%.


  • Highest point 1880m
  • Vertical 450m
  • Skiable area 60ha
  • Lifts 4 x high-capacity rope tows
  • Lift passes $85 adults, $43 kids, discounts for students and members, under 10s free
  • On-field ski/snowboard hire No
  • Package deals Accommodation and lift packages; Ski Weeks throughout the season include lift passes, accommodation, meals
  • On-field accommodation Top Hut: 52-bunk centrally heated lodge with modern kitchen, meals provided. Bottom Hut: Self-catered communal bunk-style accommodation.


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