The sun is out, but the spring snow is hanging around at Mt Hutt where a week long calendar of events from 23 - 29 September will leave you with no excuse not to join in the fun.
The proceedings will kick off on Sunday 23 September with the Parklife Youth Mini Shred for riders aged 16 years while the order of Monday 24 September will invite kids up to 13 years old to dig for buried treasure in a fun treasure hunt.
For younger kids aged up to seven who aren’t as comfortable on the snow, a separate treasure dig will take place at the bottom of the six pack chair.
Downhill Dummy is a hilarious free event for teams to create and enter crash test dummies on skis and boards. The best dummy will be judged on style, creativity and distance covered.
Splash-tastic fancy dress day will take place on Tuesday 25 September. Big laughs are on the cards as skiers and riders push off above snowmaking in their fancy dress only to descend to hit the pond at the bottom between the base and quad area. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Dressed, Best Skim and Biggest Wipeout.
Who’s been curious to find out the age of Mt Hutt’s mascot, Charlie? Well, join fantastically friendly Charlie for his birthday bash on Wednesday 26 September that includes a lolly scramble, face painting and a cake cutting ceremony.
The Big Mountain Competition on Thursday 27 September is a skier-specific competition from the top of towers that is judged on style, line, airtime and speed. On the same day, the Shred the Shed Snowboard/Skateboard Competition, sponsored by Higher Ground, will take place in the UP&GO Terrain Park and the Methven Shelter skate park.
A fun, easy and supervised obstacle course between 10am and 2pm on Friday 28 September is aimed at kids of all ages. For the adults, a Retro Euro Ski Buddy Race is the perfect time to dig that flouro ski suit out of the old wardrobe for the coolest race of the week.
The ever-popular Peak to Pub multi-sport race takes place on Saturday September 29 to wrap up the weeks festivities in style, ending at the iconic Blue Pub where a quality beer awaits tired athletes.
During the week, The Big Mountain Film Festival downtown in Methven will be hosting mainstream and fringe films which will include the latest Warren Miller movie “Off the Grid”, followed by Touching the Void, First Descent, Canterbury Club Field, Skiing in Cashmere (India), and Ski Flicks Retro Night. The film festival is a creation of the Ski Heritage Committee, aiming to raise funds and the profile of the Methven Grain and Snow Heritage Centre - a $4m project redeveloping the Methven Memorial Hall.
“We are expecting a fantastic atmosphere both on and off the mountain for the week with loads of events for all ages. Traditionally, we have had the best skiing and riding in the country during spring and this is one week not to be missed,” said David Wilson, Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager.
For more information on events, registration, fees and times please contact Mt Hutt Race and Events, Event Organiser Amy Sekhon on 021 232 5861 or check out Mt Hutt Events on www.nzski.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org on 03 307 6323.