Mt 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.

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.

Ski Hire

There are no ski hire facilities on the mountain. Tow-belts and Nutcrackers are available for hire at no charge


The area offers remote back country skiing and back country snowboarding. The rugged alpine views and powder slopes keep you yearning for more and dreaming of the back country. Please consult with the ski field manager before attempting any trip outside the patrolled area.


The true Mt Olympus experience is found by booking a night or two in the Top Hut, which sits in the middle of the field. The included dinner, bed, breakfast, and lunch is sure to please the most discerning diner and the toasty warm lodging ensures a comfortable sleep. For those feeling social, the bar and sound system often run late into the night.

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Accommodation Options

52 bed catered lodge, 14 bed self-catered lodge, showers

Rates for beds


Adult $110  

Student $90  

Youth $80  

Under 10 $60

Self Catered:

Adult/Youth $25

Student $20

Under 10 $10

Contact Info:

Accommodation Phone Number: +64 3 3185 840

Book on the MT Olympus website here:

Ski Area Stats













Main Lifts


3x Rope Tows

Learner Lifts


1x Rope Tow




Top Elevation



Bottom Elevation



Skiable Terrain


60 Hectares







Night Skiing


Conditions permitting, booking essential






4WD with chains when required




Day Pass Rates















Draw Cards


Hot Tub



Curling at the Tarn



Ski Weeks



Craft Beer