Playground of the Gods
Mt Olympus is set deep in the Ryton Valley, 45km from Windwhistle, where its back-country setting gives a real ‘middle of nowhere’ feel. The ski area is a wide open, south facing bowl which capturing some of the best southerly snow in Canterbury.
Situated half way up the mountain, the warm Top Hut Lodge and beginner’s slope is reached via the Access Tow (beginners may need to walk the first tow). The beginner’s area is safe and close to the shelter of the lodge, a perfect place to learn to ride the rope tow. The rest of the mountain is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.
The varied terrain ranges from long runs down Main Face and Back Basin, to bumps, jumps and rollers through Demolition (skiers’ right from the top). If you prefer chutes, and the more extreme lines, you can take a hike to Little Alaska or The Sphinx – check with ski patrol.
Night skiing is accessible if you’re staying on the mountain, and don’t be surprised if you end up singing & skiing into the night. Accommodation is also available at the Bottom Hut, which is self catering only.
No hire on mountain, except nutcrackers and belts.
Ski and Snowboard Instruction – Group or private lessons available
Fully licenced bar
Day Lodge – The Top Hut Lodge also serves as the day lodge with canteen for snacks, drinks & espresso coffee. Delicious meals can be purchased at canteen for day trippers.
Accommodation package: Top Hut $100 inclusive of bed, dinner, breakfast, a delicious lunch, hot-tub and access to the fancy dress box. No BYO please.
Terrain – 10% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
Ideal for – adventurous beginner to expert.
Tows – 3 rope tows and 1 learners tow (100% green powered).
Elevation – 1875m
Vertical – 450m
Night skiing (subject to weather and snow conditions) with a great sound system
Lift Pass – $70 Adult, $45Student (ID), $35 Junior (U18), Free U10
Location, Access Info
Mt Olympus is located in the Ryton Valley, the Rakaia River side of the Craigieburn Range – 128km (1.5hrs) from Christchurch. From SH 72, or a town called Windwistle, turn off towards Lake Ida and follow Mt Olympus signs from there. The final part of the access road is one-way, so stop at the bottom hut and call ahead on the radio for road clearance.
Phone +64 3 383 8888 ext 4
- Big mountain skiing and powder.
- Great place to learn for rope-tow first timers.
- Plenty of fun & laughter, friendly, and awesome atmosphere.
- New Zealand’s Highest Hot Tub – located at the Top Hut!
- Alpine curling – weather permitting!