Mount Hutt is offering a variety of deals on season passes bought by 4 June.
Shoulder (12 March – 4 June)
Adult $879, Youth/Senior $629
NZSki, the company that operates Coronet Peak, Mount Hutt and The Remarkables ski fields, is introducing a smart card called MyPass that can be used to access lifts, hire equipment, book lessons and buy food and drinks at the three resorts.
The chief executive of NZSki, James Coddington, says Aspen and Alta resorts in the US have cards that operate on the same radio frequency technology as MyPass but they are used only for the lifts.
The card came about because Coddington wanted to learn more about who was skiing on the mountains. And while that knowledge will determine future directions for the three resorts, the impact of the new technology will be felt by skiers from the opening day of the season on June 6.
"For instance, from day one we will know which runs have been the busiest and we will be able to send out the snow groomers accordingly,'' Coddington says.
The card, which can be kept indefinitely, will also store details of the boots and skis you wore last time so you don't have to go through the whole fitting process again right from the start.