Mt Olympus, run by the Windwhistle Winter Sports Club (WWSC), is a ski area 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 Area Stats & Map
Terrain: Beginner 10% Intermediate55% Advanced 35%
Lifts: 4x Rope Tows
Top Elevation 1880m, Bottom Elevation 1430m
Skiable Terrain: 60 Hectares
Night Skiing: Conditions permitting, booking essential
There are no ski hire facilities on the mountain. Tow-belts and Nutcrackers are available for hire at no charge.
4WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates:
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.
52 bed catered lodge (top hut), 14 bed self-catered lodge (bottom hut), showers
Rates for beds:
Under 10 $60
Under 10 $10
Accommodation Phone Number: +64 3 3185 840
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