Mt Olympus is set deep in the Ryton Valley, 45km from Windwhistle. Its back-country setting gives it a real rugged feel. The ski area is a wide open south facing bowl which captures some of the best southerly powder in Canterbury.
Situated half way up the mountain, the warm Top Hut Lodge and beginner’s slope is reached via the Access Tow. The beginner’s area is safe and close to the shelter of the lodge, a perfect spot to get the hang of the rope tow. The rest of the mountain is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.
The varied terrain ranges from long runs down Main Face and Back Basin, to bumps, jumps and rollers through Demolition (skiers’ right from the top). If you prefer chutes, and the more extreme lines, you can take a hike to Little Alaska or The Sphinx but make sure you speak to ski-patrol before going outside the boundaries.
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