Playground of the Gods. This is situated in a south-facing bowl with awesome terrain. When it catches the powder snow, there are few places better South of the Equator.
Takes a bit of getting to, but the effort is worth it.
Driving back from Mount Olympus, as you went back to town there used to be a sign which said "Welcome Back to Reality", which just about sums up this unreal ski area.
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1.5 hours from Christchurch
- On mountain accommodation.
- Genuine rural Kiwi club-style atmosphere.
- Limited options for beginners.
- Hard on the liver.
- Can be difficult to get to.
- You'll never want to leave.
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Mt Olympus is a 45km drive from Windwhistle and up a long rough road better suited to 4WD. (A sign say "Carry chains and courage.")
An access tow leads up to the main ski area, where the main accommodation lodge is located. This means riding the rope tow with your pack on your back.
This is genuine ski-in, ski-out accommodation, with a real sense of isolation. The main rope tow is close to the lodge. (The access tow is toe-side for natural riders, and the main upper tow is heel-side.)
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Bars & Entertainment
The after-ski parties can be as full-on as the skiing is.
This skifield is never crowded and always fun to be at.
From the top of the main tow there is a tremendous variety of rolling terrain and steep chutes to choose from, mostly intermediate to advanced grade.
Out of Bounds
From the top of the skifield there is backcountry access to the Ryton Valley, one of mid Canterbury’s best backcountry skiing areas. The locals will point you in the right direction. Alpine touring gear is the answer.
No skinny skiing. Not much scope for fishscales.
Parks & Pipes
Rad natural terrain all over the place.
A few, at times, but you have to look really hard.
The entire mountain is a powder zone.