Mount Olympus Ski Area
Mt Olympus, run by the Windwhistle Winter Sports Club (WWSC), is one of those ski areas with an impressive reputation. The terrain is amazing, the access road an adventure, the coffee is good and it boasts the highest hot tub in NZ.
About Mt Olympus
The ski area is proudly groomer free so it’s best to keep an eye on the weather to ensure you take the correct weapons from your quiver. The rope tows are nestled within a south facing basin which ensures it receives plenty of powder days.
Getting there will take the unprepared by surprise. The road to the bottom hut is manageable in a 2WD vehicle but often requires chains. The road from the bottom hut to the ski area car park is a little sporting and a high-ground clearance 4WD with chains on board is required. If your car, or nerves aren’t up for this final leg, simply wait at the bottom hut and catch a ride with one of the regulars.
The terrain at Mt Olympus is suited to intermediate snow lovers through to the advanced. There’s a great learners area but it requires an adventurous beginner to conquer the access tow or complete the hike there. Those prepared to go for a hike or ski tour are rewarded the most as there’s plenty of terrain to explore.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Mt Olympus receives snow from south and nor’west storms. It’s also a good pick during strong nor’west days, as in the valley it might seem like you’d be blown off the mountain, but once you’re up on the ski area you’ll be surprised how sheltered it is.
If you’re staying the night don’t forget your togs (Aussies: see “cozzies”) for the hot tub.
For All: Raid the dress up box and ski/ride in new attire.
For the Hungry: Enjoy a chef’s cooked lunch and a drink on the deck (order before 11am).
For the Indulgent: Have a soak in the hot tub.
Mount Olympus Stats
Main Lifts 3x Rope Tows
Learner Lifts 1x Rope Tows
Top Elevation 1880m
Bottom Elevation 1430m
Skiable Terrain 60 hectares
Night Skiing Conditions permitting (booking essential)
Access 4WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Junior (10-18yrs at 31 March): $43
Learners Tow Only: $10
One Up Lift Pass: $20
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Mountain Phone: + 64 3 318 5840
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