1800 on Mt Hutt to celebrate opening day

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Keen skiers (from left) Alex Nasuta, Jed Godfrey, Rex Godfrey, Wayne Godfrey, Ben Yorston, Brendan Lindsay were first on the ski lift at Mt Hutt on opening day today. Photo Jeremy Black

There were smiles all around as Mt Hutt celebrated being the first full-scale ski resort to open in 2020 in the southern hemisphere today.

Local Cantabrians journeyed up to Mt Hutt early to nab the coveted first-on-chair t-shirts. Ben Yorston, who’s made it eight years in a row, and Brendan Lindsay even made the trip from Christchurch on Thursday morning and spent the night to secure their spots.

Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said around 1800 people were on the slopes to kick off the season.

“It’s great to see everyone up here, everyone’s stoked, smiling and there’s an awesome energy in the air. After all the planning that’s gone into this season with Covid-19 it’s great to see the lifts spinning and people enjoying the slopes.”

Mt Hutt is scheduled to open for the five best weather days each week before opening daily from July 1.