Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

(l-r) World Ski Awards host Steve Ryder with Mt Hutt’s Carl McHugh and Deidra O’Shea, alongside an award hostess, accept the award for NZ’s Best Ski Resort at the ceremony in Kitzbühel, Austria. Image: Supplied

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt’s hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been voted New Zealand’s best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

Mt Hutt was awarded New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for the third year in a row at the awards ceremony on Saturday night in Kitzbühel, Austria. The Canterbury ski field beat eight other contenders for the gong.

The Rees Hotel and Eichardt’s Private Hotel, both in Queenstown, picked up NZ’s Best Ski Hotel and NZ’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel respectively. Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet won NZ’s best ski chalet.

“Being voted NZ’s best ski resort for the third year in a row is a phenomenal achievement and a fantastic endorsement of our amazing staff,” said Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie.

“It also reflects the affinity our guests have for our mountain and the awesome experiences they are able to share with friends and family up here during the winter.”

McKenzie said the attraction to Mt Hutt was its friendly vibe, great customer service, and big mountain experience.

“The 2017 winter season was massive for us with a record snow base and arguably the best skiing Mt Hutt has ever had to offer. In terms of terrain, Mt Hutt provides the complete offering in Canterbury,” said McKenzie.

“Put simply – it’s a one big, snowy playground with wide groomed slopes, top to bottom terrain parks and, when the mountain is really on, the most mind-blowing off-trail skiing and riding around.”

The global categories of the World Ski Awards, which has been running since 2013, were dominated by northern resorts.

Val Thorens in France won The World’s Best Ski Resort, W Verbier in Switzerland won the World’s Best Ski Hotel, and The Vale Niseko in Japan won the Best Ski Boutique Hotel.

Winners are determined by public and industry votes.

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