News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Fantastic Snow, International Sponsor And World Class Skiers For Mt Hutt (04-Aug-08)

Mt Hutt, NZ, August 4, 2008 - As Mt Hutt enjoys its best snow season

As Mt Hutt enjoys its best snow season in possibly fifteen years, its International Race Training Arena is attracting international ski racers and along with them, an international sponsor.

Mt Hutt is gearing up for its first intake of ski racers including overall 2007 World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal who’s due to arrive this week, back from a horrific crash at the Birds of Pray Downhill in Vail Colorado last year. Svindal and his Norwegian team mates will undertake two weeks of intense training at Australasia’s only Downhill training facility from 6 August.

This year the input of international beverage brand Red Bull, which has come aboard as principal sponsor of the Arena, will help secure Mt Hutt’s reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s ‘Capital of Speed’.

Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager Dave Wilson said Mt Hutt’s reputation for attracting the world’s fastest alpine skiers had captured the attention of Red Bull.

“As a sponsor of the world famous Kitzbuel Downhill in Austria and supporter of athletes such as Eric Guay, Lindsey Vonn and Daren Rhalves, Red Bull has a strong presence on the Alpine World Cup Circuit.

“With Red Bull’s support we can take the next step towards becoming a truly world class race training facility, and one were we can showcase these amazing athletes to our guests.”

Mr Wilson said spectators to Mt Hutt this season would be treated to first class alpine skiing by some of the very best athletes in the world.

“Watching these professionals in action is a unique experience and one which would be difficult to enjoy anywhere else in the world. We encourage everyone to come up and at some stage and check it out.”

The Arena will also host the Austrian Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Teams and the Swiss Women’s Alpine Ski Team during August and early September. Included in the training line up are previous world champions Marlies Schild and Nicole Hosp from the Austrian Women’s Alpine Ski Team.

Skiercross Olympic Gold Medal contender Errol Kerr is a regular visitor to Mt Hutt and returns again this year but not with his old Far West Alpine Ski Team from the United States. He’s now a representative of Jamaica and is the only Alpine skier representing the Caribbean country at the 2010 Olympic Games.

The Austrian Men’s Alpine Ski Team, which always has a strong presence on World Cup podiums, will bring a group of top athletes to train for the Super G and Downhill Alpine events.

First timers at Mt Hutt last season, the Swiss Women’s Alpine Ski Team, are retuning again this year but with a larger team including young skier Lara Gut who’s set to make an even bigger mark on the Alpine World Cup Circuit this year.

The Red Bull International Race Training Arena consists of a 1,460m track that starts at the top of Mt Hutt and finishes in the base area. Athletes reach speeds of 130 km/h while hitting jumps that send them 40m through the air.

The Arena is located in the main basin of Mt Hutt offering spectators great views from top to bottom.

 
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