If you are a backcountry adventurer who likes to ski or board off-piste in awesome terrain, in great snow, with a few other like-minded individuals, amidst a friendly club environment, then Mt Olympus is the place for you.
A proud groomer-free zone, skiing at Mt Olympus is all about embracing what Mother Nature gives you, and making the most of it. When it’s on, it’s REALLY on. A foot or more of dry, champagne powder (which can be a rarity in New Zealand) is not uncommon after a storm and the relatively modest skier numbers mean there are fresh tracks to be had well after the event.
Later in the season, Mt Olympus offers some of the best spring corn around and the basin’s excellent snow-keeping qualities mean that you can be skiing well into October most years.
Mt Olympus is located at the southern end of the Craigieburn Range, 52km / 45 minutes' drive from Windwhistle, which is 78km / 45 minutes from Christchurch or 23km / 20 minutes from Methven.
Once you turn off Highway 77 from Christchurch at Windwhistle and head up toward Lake Coleridge, take a right turn onto Homestead Road. Follow this road to Harper Road and you'll see the Mount Olympus entry on the left. Head up the Harper Road for a few kilometres until you cross the Ryton River. The Access Road is the first gate on the right, approx 1km after the bridge. The access road is best negotiated by high-clearance 4WD that is able to be equipped with chains if required.
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