Canterbury’s favourite ski area Mt Hutt has been awarded the coveted title of New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort at the third Annual World Ski Awards.
The award was announced in A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria last night (Saturday November 21 2015).
The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski hospitality. Over one million votes were received worldwide from ski tourism professionals and consumers around the world.
It’s the first time Mt Hutt, one of three outstanding ski areas owned by New Zealand ski operator NZSki, has won the prestigious award.
Mt Hutt is Canterbury’s own “big mountain” offering family fun and spectacular terrain to challenge even the most advanced skiers and riders.
As one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island, Mt Hutt attracts snow enthusiasts from Australia and further afield.
Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said he was “stoked” about winning the award.
“We are absolutely buzzing. Our staff put everything into delivering the very best guest experience at Mt Hutt this season and this international endorsement is fantastic recognition.”
The awards evening was the highlight of a three-day programme attended by an audience of ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from all around the world.
Mt Hutt General Manager of Operations James Urquhart and ski instructor Ingrid Zauner received the award on behalf of the ski area at the glitzy gala ceremony dinner.
Mr Urquhart said it was a real honour to be sharing stage with world renowned ski resorts from across Canada, the US and Europe.
“This is the ski industry equivalent of the Academy Awards and while Brad and Ange stayed at home to look after the kids, players from the likes of Whistler and Aspen added some real star quality to the proceedings,” he said.
“We’ve had the opportunity to network and share ideas with representatives from ski areas from all corners of the globe.”
Just a 35 minute drive from Methven village, and 90mins from Christchurch International Airport, Mt Hutt is renowned for its regular and reliable snow, combined with extensive snowmaking. It consistently has one of the longest snow seasons in the South Island.