Mount Olympus Trail Guide
Mt Olympus, run by the Windwhistle Winter Sports Club (WWSC), is one of those ski areas with an impressive reputation. The terrain is amazing, the access road an adventure, the coffee is good and it boasts the highest hot tub in NZ.
About Mt Olympus
The ski area is proudly groomer free so it’s best to keep an eye on the weather to ensure you take the correct weapons from your quiver. The rope tows are nestled within a south facing basin which ensures it receives plenty of powder days.
Getting there will take the unprepared by surprise. The road to the bottom hut is manageable in a 2WD vehicle but often requires chains. The road from the bottom hut to the ski area car park is a little sporting and a high-ground clearance 4WD with chains on board is required. If your car, or nerves aren’t up for this final leg, simply wait at the bottom hut and catch a ride with one of the regulars.
The terrain at Mt Olympus is suited to intermediate snow lovers through to the advanced. There’s a great learners area but it requires an adventurous beginner to conquer the access tow or complete the hike there. Those prepared to go for a hike or ski tour are rewarded the most as there’s plenty of terrain to explore.
Terrain and Weather Tip
Mt Olympus receives snow from south and nor’west storms. It’s also a good pick during strong nor’west days, as in the valley it might seem like you’d be blown off the mountain, but once you’re up on the ski area you’ll be surprised how sheltered it is.
If you’re staying the night don’t forget your togs (Aussies: see “cozzies”) for the hot tub.
For All: Raid the dress up box and ski/ride in new attire.
For the Hungry: Enjoy a chef’s cooked lunch and a drink on the deck (order before 11am).
For the Indulgent: Have a soak in the hot tub.
Mount Olympus Stats
Main Lifts 3x Rope Tows
Learner Lifts 1x Rope Tows
Top Elevation 1880m
Bottom Elevation 1430m
Skiable Terrain 60 hectares
Night Skiing Conditions permitting (booking essential)
Access 4WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Curling at the Tarn
Mountain Phone: + 64 3 318 5840
The Chill Mountains
In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District; Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.
The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.
The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.