Hutt open for fundraiser

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There was even the bonus of snow at last year's summer open day.

On February 29 Mt Hutt’s massive six seater chairlift will carry families, walkers, bikes and bikers to the summit to experience the mountain in summer.

Methven Lions Club, Mt Hutt ski area staff, and the bus drivers of Methven Travel will give up their time to welcome visitors at the community fundraiser event.

Visitors will be able to descend on the chairlift or walk or bike down from the summit and, weather permitting, there will be unrivalled views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains.

Running between 10am and 4pm, the chairlifts will be free for children under 10, while mountain bikers pay $30 and walkers $20.

There are also guided 4WD tours on offer, a massive slip and slide in the learners area, music on the deck, refreshments and a barbecue cooked by the Methven Lions.

Bus transport is available from Methven.

All proceeds from the open day will be distributed to local community groups and causes by the Methven Lions Charitable Trust.

Last year’s event raised $40,000 for the trust and Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust and drew around 2000 people. The alternative weather day is March 1.