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

Touring

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.

Accommodation

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

Catered:

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: mtolympus.co.nz/booking-form.html

Ski Area Stats

Beginner

 

10%

Intermediate

 

55%

Advanced

 

35%

 

 

 

Main Lifts

 

3x Rope Tows

Learner Lifts

 

1x Rope Tow

 

 

 

Top Elevation

 

1880m

Bottom Elevation

 

1430m

Skiable Terrain

 

60 Hectares

 

 

 

Lessons

 

Yes

Night Skiing

 

Conditions permitting, booking essential

 

 

 

Access

 

4WD with chains when required

 

 

 

Day Pass Rates

Adult

$70

 

Student

$45

 

Youth

$35

 

Under10

Free

 

 

 

Draw Cards

 

Hot Tub

 

 

Curling at the Tarn

 

 

Ski Weeks

 

 

Craft Beer