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Mount Olympus: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
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 us, 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 we can be skiing well into October most years.
A combination of an access road that requires the right vehicle and skills to negotiate it, and the four ‘nutcracker’ rope tows that service the field, do a good job of keeping skier numbers manageable.
One hundred people would constitute a very big day here and it’s usually way less – compare that to some other mountains you might have skied before discovering Mt Olympus.