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Mount Olympus

Quick Facts Location 125 km from Christchurch Board One huge natural terrain park Ski Chutes, steeps, open faces and more Season Mid July – October Access Road Unsealed, no toll Price Range Adult lift pass $70 Ratings Beginner 10%, intermediate 55%, advanced 35%.

Offering something for all abilities and with some legendary on-mountain accommodation, Mount 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 – Mount 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. With the field itself a proud groomer-free zone, snow conditions can vary a lot, so it’s a good idea to check them out before heading up the hill so you’ll know whether packing your fat-boys is a good idea! The ‘Top Hut’ lodge is located up on the ski area and is available for bookings throughout the season. With a qualified chef, ample socialising opportunities and bunkroom-style living, the atmosphere up at the lodge has become somewhat legendary, so make sure you get hold of a bunk!

Essentials Highest Point 2,097 m Vertical 450 ha Skiable Area 60 ha Lift Pass Adult $70, Junior $35, Student $45, Child (Under 10) Free Lifts 4 high-capacity rope tows On-field ski/snowboard hire No Tuition Yes Package deals Accommodation and lift packages; Ski Weeks throughout the season include lift passes, accommodation, meals, instruction, hot tub On-field accommodation Top Hut: 40-bunk centrally heated lodge with modern kitchen, meals provided. Bottom Hut: Self-catered communal bunk-style accommodation.