Mt Olympus is one and half hours from Christchurch. It is a club field on New Zealand’s Craigieburn range set deep in the Ryton Valley. It offers incredible and uncrowded terrain in a back-country setting which gives it that middle of nowhere feeling. The ski area is a large south-facing bowl which captures some of the most excellent southerly powder in Canterbury.
On field accommodation is provided at the Top Hut Lodge and there is a great beginner’s slope situated close to the lodge and is accessible via the rope Tow. There are also some great intermediate and advanced slopes for skiers and boarders. The Mountain staff will meet you at the top of the road and assist you with rope-tow techniques if necessary, since you need to ride the first rope tow prior to reaching Top Hut.
Mt Olympus has 60 hectares of diverse skiable area ranging from long runs to bumps, jumps and rollers. If you fancy chutes, and the more intense lines, you can take a walk to Little Alaska or The Sphinx however you will need to speak to ski-patrol before going outside the borders.
Highest Point: 1850 metres
Vertical Point: 450 metres
Skiable Area: 60 hectares
Number of Lifts
Four rope tows
Adult $60, Student $40, Child $30, Under 10 Free, Family $150
Adult $540, Child (under 18) $360, Under 10 Free
Not available on the mountain, however you can hire in Methven or Christchurch.
Ski Week (includes accommodation, lift, meals, lessons)
Child (under 18yrs) $450
under 10 $250
chutes, natural hits, open faces & more
huge natural terrain park
night skiing under lights
ski and snowboard lessons
on field accommodation
canteen – meals provided at Top Hut Lodge
heli-skiing – by arrangement